2008/09 Budgetary Challenges
Clinical Nursing Support ($7.8 Million)
Each year, California’s demand for nurses exceeds the number of students who are prepared to
enter the nursing workforce. By the year 2010, over 47,000 additional nurses will be needed to serve
California’s population. Currently, California’s institutions of higher education graduate only 6,000
nurses annually. To meet California’s demand, California higher education will need to graduate at
least 9,000 additional nurses annually for a total of 15,000 annually. In 2003/04, only 15 percent to
20 percent of students seeking admission to CSU clinical nursing programs could be accommodated
due to limited numbers of qualified faculty, facilities, and clinical placement opportunities in health
To help meet California’s demand for qualified nurses, the California State University seeks funding
for a second cohort of students enrolled in its Entry Level Masters (ELM) degree program and its
Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN) degree program. Both programs received state budget support in
2006/07 and 2007/08, respectively, for the first cohort of what has been planned as a three-cohort level
of sustained expansion of CSU nursing program enrollments.
The CSU is also seeking support for the development of doctoral nursing programs that will train
future CSU nursing faculty and advanced practice nurses, for whom accreditors are requiring
doctoral degrees as the minimum level of educational attainment.
In total, the CSU requests $7.8 million to increase funding support for nursing production in these
three areas. Second-year student cohorts for both ELM and BSN students are funded at a state
marginal cost rate of $14,460 per FTES.
|New cohort of 163 FTES in the ELM program
|New cohort of 340 FTES in BSN program
|Doctoral Nursing Program Development