For immediate release:
State Funding Expands Cal State L.A.Âs
Innovative Nursing Program
Additional Entry-Level MasterÂs
Nursing Students Still Being Accepted
Los Angeles, CA Â In an effort to continue to meet CaliforniaÂs 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 MasterÂs 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.Âs program expansion comes from the CSU ChancellorÂs 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.
ÂThis innovative program builds on previous learning experiences of students who already have earned degrees,Â explains Beatrice Yorker, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Cal State L.A. She adds, ÂThrough 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.Â
One of CaliforniaÂs most respected and diverse nursing programs, Cal State L.A.Âs School of Nursing has been a unit in the College of Health and Human Services since its inception, and was organized as a department in 1960. Granted the status of School in 2002, the expansion and development of the School of Nursing characterizes the rapid growth and increased professional status of Cal State L.A.Âs College of Health and Human Services over the past several years. This is the third year that the ELMN (MSN) Program is being offered at Cal State L.A.
Programs in nursing at Cal State L.A. are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report ÂBest CollegesÂ issue has ranked Cal State L.A.Âs graduate nursing program among the top three programs in California and made it the highest-ranked program of its kind in the CSU system.
For application and admission information for the ELMN (MSN) Program at Cal State L.A., call Jane G. Conner in the School of Nursing at (323) 343-4709.
Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds--reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Among programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu
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