Touro University Announces New Nursing Program

Vallejo News, March 13, 2014 (Issue 120)

Touro University California is proud to announce the launching of a new School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Sciences, which will commence in August for the Fall 2014 academic year. 

The School of Nursing will be designed for working registered nurses with an associate (ADN) or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN), and will and lead to a Master's Degree in Nursing and Clinical Nurse Leader Certification. The program will also prepare ADN graduates for public health nursing certification in California.

"[Touro] has a strong history of contributing to the regional healthcare workforce through programs in Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, Osteopathic Medicine and Pharmacy," said Dr. Marilyn Hopkins, COO and Provost at Touro. "The new School of Nursing will expand this commitment to workforce preparation in healthcare. Advanced nursing degrees are essential to meeting the demand for clinical nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, nurse researchers and nursing educators. Touro University California is ready to respond to this critical professional need." 

This post-licensure master's degree program will build on the knowledge and skills gained in entry level nursing programs. ADN graduates can complete the curriculum with 46 units of coursework completed over an 18-month period. BSN graduates will enter the curriculum after the first two academic sessions and will complete a total of 33 units of coursework over a 13-month period. Approximately half the curriculum will be offered online with remaining courses offered one evening per week and one Sunday per month. 

Nurses with a master's degree will play an important role in implementing the enacted Affordable Care Act, with an increase in an additional 32 million Americans needing access to primary care services. Highly educated and well-trained nurses are an integral part of caring for this expanding population. The new collaborative health care model will rely on the availability of nurse leaders, which requires advanced education that builds upon the foundation of nursing education