Public Affairs

Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Bills Signed by the Governor

September 29, 2010

On September 28, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into legislation two key measures affecting the CSU:

Assembly Bill 867 (Nava) California State University: Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
California faces an urgent need for additional nursing professionals in the workforce.  The CSU confers 65 percent of the state's bachelor's degrees in nursing and faces the challenge of developing the workforce critical to addressing this problem.  With the signing of AB 867 into legislation, the CSU will now be able to offer the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree to prepare nursing faculty for the CSU and community college nursing programs. 

"California State University will now be able to move forward to prepare new faculty to teach in CSU and community college nursing programs, and to train new registered nurses that will help address the state’s nursing shortage,” said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Throughout the state, CSU is already training nurses at the bachelor’s and master’s level. We’d like to thank Assemblymembers Pedro Nava and Juan Arambula for sponsoring this legislation that will uniquely position the CSU to develop a top quality and affordable DNP education to increase the state’s nursing faculty and to expand programs and prepare the future workforce."

Assembly Bill 2382 (Blumenfield) California State University: Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree
State law requires that individuals practicing physical therapy (PT) pass a licensure exam after completing their degree in an accredited program.  Beginning in 2015, the national Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) will only grant accreditation to programs awarding doctorates.  CSU campuses that offer physical therapy programs – Fresno, Long Beach, Northridge and Sacramento – produce one-third of the state's PT graduates.  The passing of this bill will allow the CSU the authority to now award the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree which will in turn address the state's shortage of physical therapy professionals.