Hurtado proposes bill to expand who nursing programs can admit 

The bill aims to give more local preference to community colleges.

State Sen. Melissa Hurtado (D–Bakersfield) has introduced a bill to make nursing programs throughout California more inclusive. 

Senate Bill 1183 would broaden the admission criteria for registered nursing programs in community college districts by allowing them to evaluate prospective students to include individuals from medically underserved areas. 


The big picture: According to a statement from Hurtado’s office, the College of the Sequoias cannot legally give preference to local students interested in nursing careers. 

  • That has resulted in many students attending COS from out of the area. 
  • In turn, Kaweah Health supports those students knowing that they will not stay in the area. 

What they’re saying: “The Central Valley grapples with healthcare disparities, such as the burden of longer travel distances for access,” Hurtado said. “We possess the local talent, eager to address our region’s needs, but must equip them with resources and support. This bill aims to empower our Valley’s students, investing in their potential to bridge this gap.”

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