October 12, 2022

Jersey College and Steward Health Care Open Hospital‐Based Nursing Program in Melbourne

Melbourne, FL (October 11, 2022) – In order to train additional caring and skilled nurses, Jersey College and Steward Health Care have collaborated to establish a School of Nursing on Melbourne Regional Medical Center’s campus, serving the entire Space Coast. The Jersey College Hospital-Based Professional Nursing Program at Melbourne Regional Medical Center is a six-semester program, culminating in an Associate Degree in nursing, providing its graduates with opportunities to become a registered nurse. Inaugural classes begin in January and students can enroll now.

“This hospital-based program will provide students a unique nursing education experience, said Greg Karzhevsky, Chancellor of Jersey College. “By combining Jersey College’s experience in nursing education with the patient care experience of Steward Health Care, we are able to collaborate toward a shared vision that will benefit the nursing workforce in Brevard County.”

With more than 10,000 square feet of classroom and office space, the Melbourne program combines the teaching experience of a college and the clinical expertise of a hospital. This hospital‐based track offers students the ability to learn the art and science of nursing from within a hospital setting. Students are able to experience a seamless transition from classroom theory to clinical application.

“Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation and we are pleased to host this unique nursing program in Brevard County,” said Ron Gicca, President of Melbourne Regional Medical Center. “It is truly an honor to partner with Jersey College to bring the next generation of nurses to the Space Coast.”

To learn more about Jersey College at Melbourne Regional Medical Center or begin the enrollment process, visit or call (321) 378-0097


About Jersey College
Jersey College was established in 2003 with the goal of offering nursing education for the adult professional. Jersey College is a nationally accredited private institution of higher learning specializing in nursing education and currently enrolls approximately 3,000 nursing students and has graduated more than 10,000 nurses across its 14 campuses located in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. The nursing programs at Jersey College have been designed to support students in accomplishing their educational and professional goals, and to foster the diversification of the nursing workforce to better serve the area’s multicultural communities.

About Steward Health Care – Rockledge & Melbourne
The Mission of Rockledge Regional Medical Center and Melbourne Regional Medical Center is to provide the highest quality health care with compassion and respect. Both hospitals are full acute care hospitals and includes a network of affiliates providing rehabilitation services, wound care, laboratory services and pain management. For more information on, visit: and

About Steward Health Care System:
Nearly a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.

As the country’s largest physician-led, tax paying, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.

Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multispecialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers.

Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 39 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.