The College of Nursing has a long-standing history of being community-focused. All baccalaureate and many graduate students are assigned to Community Nursing Coalitions (CNC).

Each CNC is supervised by a UCF College of Nursing faculty member and is comprised of 12-15 nursing students. The student nurses receive important “real-world” education while working in public schools, community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, and senior centers, to name a few.

They provide vital health education and screenings to some of Central Florida’s most economically disadvantaged residents. By providing these services in the heart of these underserved communities, UCF nursing students are also learning to deliver culturally competent care to diverse populations.

Some examples of the service-learning opportunities include:

  • Students practice their community nursing skills by performing vision and hearing tests in Boys & Girls Clubs and in public schools throughout the region.
  • All nursing students are required to take public transportation to tour their assigned communities to gain a better understanding of the environmental issues affecting the clients they will serve.
  • UCF nursing students work several health promotion events in the community, educating the public on various health issues and promoting wellness.
  • Students teach tobacco prevention curriculum and asthma prevention techniques in schools across the five county region.
  • UCF College of Nursing currently has sixteen CNCs actively serving Brevard, Flagler, Orange, Seminole, and Volusia counties. This commitment to the Central Florida community and our partners represents a robust service-learning approach to nursing education.