New Cal State Fullerton Program Aims to Reduce 500,000 Nurse Shortage

CSUF’s School of Nursing is ready to accept its first students in the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program next fall, pending final approvals by the California State University Board of Trustees and the accrediting organization, Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The deadline to apply is Dec. 15, and 36 students are expected to be accepted and admitted.

Offered jointly by California State University, Fullerton, California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Los Angeles; the program leads to the needed professional-practice degree that would qualify those who earn it to work in advance-practice fields, as well as to work as faculty members at CSU and community college nursing programs. Fullerton is the lead campus, and where the D.N.P. students will complete their first year of coursework.

D.N.P. students will be expected to complete 36 units of coursework in two years. Qualified applicants will already possess a master’s degree in nursing or related health degree.  

Cal State Fullerton’s nursing program is one of the largest in the California State University system. Enrollment grew by more than 1,200 percent between 1998, with 69 nursing students, and 2009, with 857 students. By last semester, the number of nursing majors climbed to about 900.

One of the university’s aims is to prepare more nurses to work in myriad settings, thus curbing the nation’s nursing shortage, which is projected to reach 800,000 by 2020. In California, which ranks in the bottom five states for registered nurses per capita, the shortage is estimated to be as high as 50,000 by 2015. For more information contact Katherine Reedy, Director of Communications.

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