Campus: CSU, Stanislaus -- February 23, 2000

Path To Educating Nurses Made Easier With New Partnership Agreement

California State University, Stanislaus and three regional community colleges have joined together to help meet the nursing shortage.

Dr. June Boffman, Associate Dean and Professor of Nursing, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Helene Fuld Health Trust Grant, HSBC, Trustee, to create seamless articulation between CSU Stanislaus and the three participating community colleges: Merced College, Modesto Junior College, and San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

The grant project focuses on developing new pathways for entering freshman and community college nursing students to assist them in earning their degrees as quickly as possible. Students leaving high school well prepared will be able to complete their nursing Associate Degree and Bachelor of Science within five years. Many students currently take six or more years to finish both programs through the current program.

Starting with the Fall 2000 semester, new high school graduates can apply for dual admission at the community college of their choice and CSU Stanislaus through a series of agreements worked out with the participating colleges.

Students qualifying for dual admission will be guaranteed accommodation at CSU Stanislaus and, when it is time to transfer, will not be required to pay the admission application fee. Students will be advised early about nursing requirements at both colleges so the best courses are selected to meet entry and graduation requirements. They will still have to apply for admission into the nursing programs.

Bonnie Costello, Director of Nursing, Modesto Junior College; Debra Lewis, Nursing Chair, San Joaquin Delta; and Mary Ann Duncan, RN Program Director, Merced College; are participating in the project to create efficient articulation plans for each college with the University.

Other areas of focus in the project include:

  • Outreach to high school students.
  • Early advising from college and University faculty at admission and while taking nursing pre-requisites.
  • Improved articulation agreements.
  • Cross-enrollment which allows community college students to take one class a semester at CSU Stanislaus for a nominal charge.
  • Pre-admission to the upper division nursing program.

This multi-pronged approach will help students progress efficiently through the nursing programs, Boffman said.

For more information, call the CSU Stanislaus Department of Nursing, (209) 667-3141.

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