Touro University Vallejo approved for new program

Touro University California will likely launch a Doctor of Nursing Practice program next year, which will help address health care provider shortage in Solano County, school officials announced Monday.

Touro got interim approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to launch a DNP program at its School of Nursing beginning in January, making it the only program of its kind in the county, school officials said.

Touro’s new DNP course will include a Family Nurse Practitioner track “to provide much-needed primary care locally to a diversified population,” they said. “By increasing the number of local nurse practitioners, the new program stands ready to ease the difficulty faced by primary care providers in meeting the currently overwhelming needs of the population seeking health care.” 

Clinical emphasis will be on prevention, treatment and education of diabetes, a key goal of the university and a growing community concern, officials said.

“Receiving approval to move forward with this program at Touro is tremendous news for our campus,” Touro School of Nursing director Ann Stoltz said. “Not only will this address the growing health care needs of the community around us but also allows us to expand an already successful curriculum.”

The new program is an accelerated 19-month course mixing online learning with traditional classroom time, positioning its graduates to assume clinical leadership roles in the evolving and complex health care environment, school officials said. Clinical placements for students will be established through Touro’s long-standing relationships with local clinics and health care providers, they said. 

“Touro University California is committed to resolving the shortage of health care providers in California, specifically Solano County,” Touro University California Provost and Chief Operating Officer Marilyn Hopkins said. “It is important that we have a positive impact on the surrounding community and this new program will allow us to greatly add to the number of local nurse practitioners.”

Program graduates will be eligible to test for the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program and apply for California Nurse Practitioner Certification, school officials said. 

For more information, visit www.tu.edu or call (707) 638-5200.

Contact Rachel Raskin-Zrihen at (707) 553-6824.