Campus: CSU Long Beach -- March 06, 2002

Cal State Long Beach Nursing Department Earns Highest Level of Accreditation, 10 Years

The Department of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach has received the highest level of accreditation, 10 years, from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the accrediting arm of the American Association of College Nursing based in Washington, D.C.

Loucine Huckabay, director of nursing at CSULB, said she was thrilled with the department's recognition. "Two years ago, we received the full five years of accreditation from the California Board of Registered Nursing. We have very qualified students and highly specialized faculty," she said.

The re-accreditation, awarded after four days of grueling review, judged the department on its administration, curriculum and resources (including budget).

The department was cited for the strength of its curriculum and the number of grants it attracted. Graduate student grants are available when students are enrolled in the clinical component of their program. They are often eligible for monthly stipends between $500 and $600 while undergraduates qualify for Pell grants, she added.

The quality of the program is underlined by a heavy undergraduate demand that last year drew 95 qualified students for 36 available positions.

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