Reaffirmation of Support for CSU Authority to Offer the
Doctorate in Nursing Practice



RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (CSU) reaffirm Academic Senate Resolution AS-2829-08/AA (Support of the Doctor of Nursing Practice [DNP] Degree in the CSU) unanimously approved by the Academic Senate of the CSU in March 2008 supporting the Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP); and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU reaffirm its support for the current proposal [AB 867 (Nava/Arambula et al.)] to authorize the CSU to offer the DNP degree for implementation at a time when sufficient funds become available to offer quality programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU once again commend CSU’s leadership in recognizing the need to address the serious shortage of nursing faculty in California through the development of independent DNP Programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the CSU send copies of this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, Chancellor Reed, CSU Campus Presidents, Assembly Members Nava, Arambula, Galgiani and Portantino, and the California Post-Secondary Education Commission (CPEC).

RATIONALE: The shortage of nurses in California has been well documented. According to published reports, a shortage of nursing faculty exists and will continue to be a significant problem in the education of future nurses for the foreseeable future. Preparation of nursing faculty with a clinical practice doctoral degree will increase the number of faculty available to teach in existing California nursing practice programs at the community college and university levels. Additionally, the clinical practice doctorate will also serve as the terminal degree for the increased numbers of advanced practice nurses needed to provide services to California citizens.

Existing nursing doctoral programs in California are not able to meet the need for expansion of a nursing education workforce. A recent study conducted by a CSU consultant revealed that there is both documented need and interest among many CSU nursing programs for the development of independent doctoral programs, in particular the DNP. While the DNP is a clinical doctoral degree, the proposed CSU degree would include both research and educational preparation to enable graduates to be competitive in academic tenure and promotion processes.

At this time the request is for CSU authority to offer the Doctorate in Nursing Practice. CSU authorization to offer the Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree would then allow for the development and implementation of DNP programs when funding for such programs is available.

Approved Unanimously – March 19-20, 2009

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