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History of the MSN/FNP Program at CSUB

The Department of Nursing at CSU Bakersfield opened the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program in 1987 with a graduate degree in Nursing Administration.  The FNP option was introduced in 1996 and granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Between 1996—2010, the MSN program graduated 114 FNPs and 35 Clinical Nurse Leaders, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Educators, and School Nurses.  Most graduates have remained in Kern County and are leaders within the local healthcare community.

During a period of statewide budget cuts, the difficult decision was made to suspend admissions to the CSUB MSN program.  In 2010, our last FNP students completed their degrees.

FNP Program Feasibility Study

In the last four years, leaders within the community and on campus have monitored the trends within the healthcare system, our community’s needs, and the professional goals of our current and prospective students.  A feasibility study was conducted indicating a need for more FNPs.  A healthy FNP program is a valuable resource to the Central Valley and we are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our Fall 2014 cohort.


The FNP Program at CSUB will be seeking accreditation from the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through the routine new program process, and updates will be provided here as we move forward. At this time, the BSN program is CCNE accredited through 2022.

Reinstatement of approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for the FNP Program is pending.