For Immediate Release

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New Nursing Program to Launch at Touro University California

(Vallejo, CA – March 11, 2014) – Touro University California is excited to announce the opening of a School of Nursing, designed for working registered nurses with an Associate (ADN) or Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BSN) and leading 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.

The School of Nursing, which is in the College of Education and Health Sciences, will be launched in August 2014.

 “The university 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 of Touro University California (TUC). “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 taken over an 18-month period. BSN graduates will enter the curriculum after the first two academic sessions and take a total of 33 units of coursework over a 13-month period. About half the curriculum will be offered online with remaining courses offered one evening per week and one Sunday per month.

The need for a baccalaureate and/or advanced degree program in nursing is critical to meeting the health care needs of Solano County in the future.  Advanced nursing degrees are imperative to meet the demand for nursing faculty, clinical nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and researchers,” said Dr. Ann Stoltz, newly appointed Director for the School of Nursing and resident of Vacaville, Ca. 

Dr. Stoltz worked as a public health nurse for Solano County and as a school nurse for the Vacaville Unified School District before assuming a full-time faculty position at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS) in 2001. Stoltz held multiple leadership positions at CSUS as Program Coordinator for the following programs: School Nurse Credential, Master of Science in Nursing, RN to BSN Program, and Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  She earned a Ph.D in Education at the University of California, Davis, with a focus on Educational Psychology. She was also chairperson of the School of Nursing at CSUS from 2006-2010.

Nurses with a master’s degree will play an important role in implementing the enacted Affordable Care Act.  The new health care delivery system will result 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.

For more information on the School of Nursing, visit http://cehs.tu.edu/nursing

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.