The program was founded in 2004 as a four-way partnership between the Sequoia Health Care District, Sequoia Hospital, Cañada College, and San Francisco State University. The program provides an additional 40 places each year for students interested in and qualified for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and helps address the nursing shortage in the San Francisco Bay Area and southern portion of San Mateo County.
All courses are taught by San Francisco State University faculty on the Cañada College campus. Sequoia Hospital provides most of the clinical placements for student in the program. In addition, the hospital supports students with various scholarship opportunities.
The program prepares students for entry level nursing positions in hospitals, community clinics, long term care, home care, and community health agencies. Graduates work as staff nurses in the following areas: maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and public/community health nursing.