The SONHS educates nurses from diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds to promote a diverse RN workforce with a mix of competencies and skills needed to deliver cost-effective, culturally appropriate quality care with emphasis on patient safety and interdisciplinary practice, to medically underserved populations and other high-risk groups, including ethnic and racial minorities. The school is currently expanding its clinical partnerships with local community facilities to include evaluation of core clinical nursing competencies for practicing RNs, which is required for a nurse to maintain licensure and employment. 

During simulation, students receive training that resembles nursing practice in the clinical environment.  Graduates of the program will acquire basic and advanced competencies which will facilitate a smooth transition into the clinical setting.  Simulation training helps build confidence and competence, better preparing new nurses to handle difficult situations at the bedside.  This self-assurance may also lead to decisions to remain at the bedside over a longer period of time. The curriculum incorporates content addressing the cultural and health indices specific to underserved populations. Students’ clinical trainings are completed at over 140-clinical sites throughout the county including those located in medically underserved areas.