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Nursing program gets new building
  May 25, 2006
Mike Stepanovich, 661/654-2456,,
or Jaclyn Loveless, 661/654-2138,

California State University, Bakersfield faculty hope a soon-to-be added modular building will help fill a critical need in the nursing program.

"Due to increased enrollment in the nursing program over the past three years, additional space for the nursing department is critical," said Peggy Leapley, chair of CSUB's nursing department. "The modular building will provide some relief for the current crowded schedule in our existing skills laboratory." Leapley said a skills laboratory, a computer lab, a room for additional specialized computer simulation and several offices are expected to be housed in the building.

The 2,160 square-foot structure, originally from Edward's Air Force Base and donated by the federal government to CSUB, will be moved to campus somewhere near the Public Safety office within the next couple of weeks. Cost of the move is about $20,000. Leapley said funds for the modular building move and refurbishing are from the CSU Chancellor's office initiative for the Accelerated Nursing Career Entry (ANCE) master's program. She said 20 students would begin the program June 19.

Students in the accelerated program already have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and are seeking a master's of science in nursing. They will be eligible to take the registered nurses license exam after 18 months and then will take an additional 18 months in the program to exit with their master's degree in nursing.

For more information, please contact Leapley at (661) 654-3110.