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May 27, 2014 > CSU celebrates first Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates

CSU celebrates first Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates

Submitted By Elizabeth Chapin

During 2014 campus commencements, the California State University celebrates the graduation of the first cohort of students to have earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. In total, 59 students will be part of the first group to have earned this degree and take part in various commencement ceremonies across the state.

ÒOver the next two months, more than 100,000 students will be awarded a CSU degree and this exclusive group of doctor of nursing practice graduates should take particular honor in their achievement,Ó said Ephraim P. Smith, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer. ÒA degree from the CSU has the ability to change the lives of the individuals who earn them. Those who have earned a DNP are also improving and potentially saving lives, which makes these degrees especially valuable.Ó

Signed into law by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in September, 2010, AB 867 allowed CSU campuses to offer affordable, new DNP programs that will educate post masterÕs prepared nurses to address the stateÕs expanding healthcare needs and also prepare new faculty to teach in CSU and community college nursing programs. These doctoral prepared nurses will join with leaders in other health professions to create more effective health care policies and practices. For more information, visit

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