The Board of Supervisors will be presented with a proposal today to defer tuition for Los Angeles County College of Nursing, and Allied Health to encourage vocational nursing students to get their licenses and continue working for county hospitals and clinics.
The program is intended to combat a shortage of nurses, particularly in county facilities - however, the county is not the only one proposing this type of solution.
Similar programs have been active for many state and community colleges, including College of the Canyons' partnership with Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
COC's nursing program has tripled in size since 2001, and has been expanded to include collaborative programs that include video teleconferencing and skills labs in hospitals, said Sue Albert, dean of allied health at COC.
Even though tuition prices at COC will be brought down from $26 to $20 a unit in January, students still have to take 72 units in order to get their associate nursing degree.
COC's program allows nursing students at the college to work for the hospital part-time.
In a two-week period, they would be paid for 64 hours but work only 48 hours during that time, Henry Mayo spokeswoman Andie Bogdan said.
Along with a salary, nursing students would also have their fees, tuition and books paid by Henry Mayo.
"It's an incentive to work here, but it's also an incentive to get your education," Bogdan said.