Campus: Los Angeles -- January 26, 2006

State Funding Expands Cal State L.A.'s Innovative Nursing Program

Additional Entry-Level Master's Nursing Students Still Being Accepted

In an effort to continue to meet California's demand for more nurses to care for the growing population, the School of Nursing at California State University, Los Angeles has expanded its Entry-Level Master's Nursing Program (ELMN) for students who are currently not in the nursing field and are interested in changing careers to nursing.

The ELMN combines an accelerated BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) curriculum with the traditional MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) curriculum. After completion of the BSN component of the program, students are eligible to take the registered nursing (RN) licensing examination.

With classes to begin this summer, the accelerated nursing program is now admitting an additional cohort of 44 nursing students. Applicants must possess baccalaureate or higher degrees in other disciplines, and prerequisite courses will need to be met for admission to the program. (Application deadline for summer 2006 has been extended.)

Funding for the Cal State L.A.'s program expansion comes from the CSU Chancellor's Office, as part of a $1.7 million legislation sponsored by State Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23), which provides for one-time expenditures for equipment, facility renovation, curriculum development and faculty recruitment for nursing program support. This funding will also allow Cal State L.A. to update its Nursing Skills Lab, creating a teaching environment more reflective of current healthcare settings.

"This innovative program builds on previous learning experiences of students who already have earned degrees," explains Beatrice Yorker, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Cal State L.A. She adds, "Through an intensive accelerated clinical nursing curriculum, Cal State L.A. will produce well-educated nurses who are prepared and qualified to contribute in areas impacted by the nursing shortage."

Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047

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