Support for AB 422 (Arambula) California State University: Doctorate of Nursing Practice




RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) fully supports and strongly urges continued authorization for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) by the California State University; and be it further


RESOLVED: That the ASCSU reaffirm its support for AS-2829-08/AA (Rev) Support of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree in the CSU, AS-2885-09/AA/FGA Reaffirmation of Support for CSU Authority to Offer the Doctorate in Nursing Practice; AS-3022-11/AA Support for Proposed Title 5 Additions, AS-3037-11/AA/APEP (Rev) Providing Advice and Guidance to the Development of CSU Professional Doctorates, and AS-3288-17/FGA 2017 Legislative Advocacy Positions of the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU); and be it further


RESOLVED: That the ASCSU distribute this resolution to the CSU Board of Trustees, CSU Chancellor, CSU campus Presidents, CSU campus Provosts, CSU campus Senate Chairs, CSU campus Deans of colleges that have nursing programs, California Faculty Association (CFA), California Nurses Association (CNA), CSU Chairs of Nursing Departments, CSU Emeritus & Retired Faculty Association (CSUERFA), California State Student Association (CSSA), Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula, Assembly Higher Education Committee

RATIONALE:  In the ASCSU March 7, 2017 letter addressed to the honorable Assembly Member Jose Medina, the ASCSU strongly urged support in the following text:


“In 2010, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 867 (Nava/Arambula) into law, giving the CSU authority to offer DNP degree programs on a pilot basis. The authority to enroll new students expires on July 1, 2018. The CSU needs to maintain this authority to leverage key industry partnerships, graduate highly qualified healthcare professionals into the workforce, and grow its own nursing faculty.

The CSU pilot DNP programs have already been successful, graduating over 160 students to date, and these graduates have made use of their advanced training in a variety of capacities to help meet California’s work force needs in the health professions. Fully a third of them now hold teaching faculty positions in nursing programs throughout the state.

This latter point is particularly important to the California State University and the CSU Academic Senate. A well-prepared teaching faculty is essential if CSU nursing programs are to train the nurses necessary to meet California’s growing health care needs. However, CSU nursing programs currently experience a faculty shortage, and this problem will be exacerbated in the years ahead as current faculty retire. At present, two-thirds of CSU’s tenured and tenure-track teaching faculty are age 55 or older, and only 20 percent are younger than age 50. If this situation is to be addressed, California needs to increase the number of available newly-trained teaching faculty, and a strong DNP program in the CSU is essential in order to do so.”






Approved Unanimously – March 16-17, 2017





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