Daytona State College is joining other institutions of higher learning in expanding health care education offerings in Palm Coast.
DSC is undertaking a $4,246,684 renovation project at the Alan Smolen Center at the Flagler County campus off Palm Coast Parkway to add new teaching facilities for its health care programs, according to Chris Thomes, the college's director of marketing and communications.
The college is increasing the number of spots in its limited-access nursing program by 90. Those students can then move into an online bachelor of science in nursing program that can be completed in 14 months. Graduates will be able to help alleviate a local shortage of nurses, according to Thomes.
Construction of the renovation project, by DLR Group and Charles Perry Partners, Inc., is expected to end June 15, 2021, Thomes said.
"Students living in Palm Coast and the surrounding areas in Flagler county will be able to receive state-of-the-art nursing education at a nursing dedicated complex,” Dr. Colin Chesley, Associate Vice President of DSC’s College of Health & Public Services, said in a statement. “They will be able to start and complete the entire program here and will be able to transition into local healthcare facilities to work.”
Two other institutions — The University of North Florida and Jacksonville University — are also planning to add health care education programs in Palm Coast. The UNF and Jacksonville University programs will be centered in Palm Coast's Town Center.
Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that the Jacksonville University initiative is not associated with the UNF MedNexus project.