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California State University Commencements to Celebrate First Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates

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During 2014 campus commencements, the California State University will celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of students to have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. In total, 59 students will be part of the first group to have earned this degree and take part in various commencement ceremonies across the state.

“Over the next two months more than 100,000 students will be awarded a CSU degree and this exclusive group of doctor of nursing practice graduates should take particular honor in their achievement,” said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. “A degree from the CSU has the ability to change the lives of the individuals who earn them. Those who have earned a DNP are also improving and potentially saving lives which makes these degrees especially valuable.”

Signed into law by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in September, 2010, AB 867 allowed CSU campuses to offer affordable, new DNP programs that will educate post master’s prepared nurses to address the state’s expanding healthcare needs and also prepare new faculty to teach in CSU and community college nursing programs. These doctoral prepared nurses will join with leaders in other health professions to create more effective health care policies and practices.

The CSU’s DNP programs consist of a Northern California Consortium offered jointly by Fresno and San José State and a Southern California consortium offered jointly by Fullerton, Long Beach and Los Angeles. The programs are designed to allow students to carry out doctoral-level applied research and develop advanced scientific knowledge and prepare for a faculty role.

In recognition of their work and accomplishment, DNP students will participate in a poster presentation during the Board of Trustees meeting on May 21 at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. The presentation reflects the scope of the studies undertaken by the DNP graduates who have conducted research on wide-ranging areas such as induction of anesthesia in children with autism to an education program aimed at increasing tissue and organ donations among Hispanic Americans.


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