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Family Nurse Practitioner Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

The Department of Nursing at CSU Bakersfield opened the MSN program in 1987 with a graduate degree in Nursing Administration.  The FNP option was introduced in 1996.  From 1996 to 2010, the MSN program graduated 114 FNPs. During a period of statewide budget cuts, the difficult decision was made to suspend admissions to the CSUB MSN program.  In 2010, the last FNP students completed their degrees.

"There is a tremendous need for nurse practitioners in the Central Valley, and this is the right time for the CSUB Department of Nursing to step forward to fill that need,” said Debbie Boschini, Chair of the CSUB Nursing Department.  “Locally, we are experiencing a physician shortage. The Affordable Care Act has increased the number of insured residents seeking primary care services, and the aging of the population means that more healthcare providers will be needed.  There are many employers looking to hire well-qualified nurse practitioners that live in the Central Valley and understand the needs of the community.  Having the FNP Program at CSUB provides an opportunity for local nurses to advance their education and careers right here where they are needed the most."

The CSUB Department of Nursing wishes to thank the Don C. and Diane S. Lake Family and the Mary Jo Kasselman Trust for their past and now current generous donations in support of the FNP Program, which will serve as a vital resource to improve the health of Central Valley residents.

The deadline to apply for the MSN FNP Program is May 2nd.  To download an application, or for more information on the program and requirements, visit

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