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GraduateNursingEDU Names MSN-FNP Program at CSUB Among the Best in the Nation recently named California State University, Bakersfield’s Department of Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program among Best in the Nation for 2019-20.

“Our MSN-FNP graduates should be justifiably proud to have graduated from a nationally recognized quality program and be confident they have acquired the skill and knowledge necessary to provide excellent professional health care to their patients in their professional career as nurse practitioners,” said Dr. Heidi He, Director, Graduate Program, Department of Nursing. “Current and future students can expect to receive the same high-quality education allowing them to excel in their education and chosen professional career. This national recognition is a product of the exceptional dedication and hard work of our students, our faculty and our staff.”

GraduateNursingEDU.Org did an exhaustive review of every fully accredited MSN-FNP program in the country looking for schools that offer an exceptional student experience. Schools were then narrowed down to the top 10 programs in each region and CSUB came in among the best in the west.

In order to receive this recognition, the program must:

  • Be nationally accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN);

  • Have excellent first-time passing rates on the national certification exams and;

  • Have experience and resources that support student career paths.

    In addition, the program is evaluated on its funding and research grants, scholarships and student satisfaction.

When we came across the MSN-FNP offered through the CSUB Department of Nursing, we knew we had a program we could feel good about recommending. With a reputation in the Central Valley for preparing family NPs that goes back more than two decades, small class sizes, and well-established relationships with many preceptors in the community, CSUB easily earns its place on our list of Top Picks for the Best MSN-FNP Programs for 2019-20,” said Tony Smith, Senior Editor of Graduate Nursing EDU.

CSUB’s MSN-FNP was initially introduced in 1996 and graduated 114 FNPs between 1996 and 2010. Due to the economic recession and statewide budget cuts in higher education, the MSN program was placed on moratorium between 2010 and 2014. It reopened in fall 2014, to meet the critical need for primary care providers.

In 2016, the CSUB FNP program received a generous donation from Dignity Health, $450,000 over 3 years ($150,000/ year). This was an extraordinarily timely gift greatly enhancing the FNP Program’s sustainability and offered new opportunities for expansion.

Since the reopening of the FNP program, the CSUB Department of Nursing has graduated cohorts of 15 FNP students in 2016 and 16 in 2018. This cohort of 31 students had more than 12,000 clinical encounters and more than 18,000 clinical hours providing care to underserved populations or in rural clinics during their clinical training. Many of the graduates still practice locally.

The third cohort of students started in fall 2018 and will start their clinical training in January 2019. The CSUB FNP program expanded their enrollment to annual admission in fall 2018.

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