Information session scheduled for prospective CSUB accelerated nursing program applicants

October 7, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720,

California State University, Bakersfield will offer a second class of its accelerated bachelor's of science in nursing beginning in June 2009. Prospective applicants are advised to attend a free information session on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9 a.m. in the Romberg Nursing Education Center, room 105. The information session will provide potential students with all program requirements and application deadlines.

The aim of the accelerated program is to educate people interested in becoming registered nurses. This program is unique in that it offers those with a non-nursing bachelor's degree an opportunity to enter the nursing field after completing a rigorous and accelerated program of study.

Eligible applicants will have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university and will complete the 13 nursing prerequisite courses no later than March 27, 2009. The program will be limited to about 44 students.

"The accelerated B.S.N. program is designed to help ease the region's nursing shortage," said Kathy Lewis, recruiter and adviser for the accelerated program. "It provides a faster pace for prospective students with their prerequisites met and evidence of academic ability."

In this accelerated format, students are involved in an intensive full-time educational experience that does not allow for breaks between academic years. As a result, after 18 months students will be eligible for the registered nurse licensure exam. The accelerated students will graduate at the end of fall quarter 2010. Completion of this same level of education through the traditional program would require 33 months. The curriculum is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

CSUB launched the accelerated nursing program in January 2008 as another answer to meeting the critical need for nurses in the Central Valley. In response to the growing nursing shortage, the department has gradually increased the number of students admitted annually to the undergraduate program by 25 percent, from 60 to over 80 students, over the past several years.

Funding for the accelerated B.S.N. program is provided through a local nursing education partnership. The partnership includes Memorial, Mercy and San Joaquin Community hospitals and the County of Kern. The County of Kern includes Kern Medical Center, Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health.

To learn more about the prerequisite courses, timing associated with completion of prerequisite courses, application period and fees, visit

Interested parties may register to attend the information session on the website.

For more details, contact Lewis at (661) 654-2508.