CSUB adds second class in accelerated nursing program, seeks applicants

July 7, 2008
Kathy Miller, 661/654-2456, kmiller26@csub.edu or
Michele Newel, 661/654-2720, mnewell1@csub.edu

Students interested in applying to California State University, Bakersfield's impacted accelerated nursing program are getting another chance. The campus will offer a second class of its accelerated bachelor's of science in nursing in late June 2009.

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

The aim of this 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.

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. Discussions are still ongoing but there should be about 44 slots available in this second class. 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 three local hospitals and the County of Kern. The threes hospitals include Memorial, Mercy and San Joaquin Community Hospital. The County of Kern includes Kern Medical Center, Department of Public Health and the Department of Mental Health.

Leapley added CSUB's community partners seem happy with the results. "Our current nursing education partners are pleased with the performance of the students they are sponsoring in the current accelerated B.S.N. program," she continued. "The nursing department greatly appreciates the support received from the local nursing education partners. We will continue to look for funding opportunities that address the goal of preparing more registered nurses for the citizens of Kern County and California."

Eligible applicants will have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university and will complete the thirteen nursing prerequisite courses no later than March 27, 2009. Once a student is determined by the nursing department to be eligible for the program, students will be considered by the partners for sponsorship. Sponsored students are responsible to pay for their own tuition and commit to working for their sponsor organization for a period of two years.

To learn more about the prerequisite courses, timing associated with completion of prerequisite courses and application period, visit [ http://www.csub.edu/nursing/absn.shtml ]www.csub.edu/nursing/absn.shtml.

Information sessions on the accelerated degree will be held at CSUB in September and October. Interested parties can register to attend an information session on the website.

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