Touro plans Mare Island nursing school

Health care reform drives need for nurse practitioners

By NorthBay Business Journal, Thursday, March 13, 2014, 10:35 a.m.

VALLEJO — Touro University of California is preparing to launch a new nursing school at its Mare Island campus this April, focusing on instruction that provides an accelerated path for working nurses seeking an advanced degree and the nationally recognized “clinical nurse leader” certification.

It will be the only master of nursing program offering in-person instruction in Solano County, and will allow associate-level nurses to bypass the traditional bachelor’s degree to focus directly on master’s credentials, said Ann Stoltz, director of the nursing school.

That accelerated approach responds to a growing demand for highly trained nurse practitioners in the United States, giving today’s job seekers an edge while addressing the expanded role those professionals are expected to play amid ongoing health care reform.

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