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Touro University California receives approval for Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

New program poised to address shortage of health care providers in Solano County


(Vallejo, CA – Dec 19, 2016) – Touro University California has garnered interim approval by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to launch a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at its School of Nursing beginning in January of 2017.

As the only program of its kind located in Solano County, the new DNP course at Touro will be with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track in order to provide much-needed primary care locally to a diversified population. By increasing the number of local nurse practitioners, the new program stands ready to ease the difficulty faced by primary care providers in meeting the currently overwhelming needs of the population seeking health care. Clinical emphasis will be on prevention, treatment and education of Diabetes, a key goal of the university and ever-growing concern for the community.

"Receiving approval to move forward with this program at Touro is tremendous news for our campus," said Ann Stoltz director of the Touro School of Nursing. "Not only will this address the growing health care needs of the community around us but also allows us to expand an already successful curriculum."

Featuring innovative course scheduling, the DNP/FNP program is an accelerated 19-month course mixing online learning with traditional classroom time. The new program's curriculum positions its graduates to assume clinical leadership roles in the evolving and complex health care environment. Clinical placements for students will be established through Touro's long-standing relationships with local clinics and health care providers.

"Touro University California is committed to resolving the shortage of health care providers in California, specifically Solano County," said Marilyn Hopkins, PhD, Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Touro University California, said. "It is important that we have a positive impact on the surrounding community and this new program will allow us to greatly add to the number of local nurse practitioners."

The DNP/FNP program builds on existing curricula found in masters' nursing programs. Upon successful completion of the Touro program, graduates will be eligible to test for the FNP certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) and apply for California Nurse Practitioner Certification.

Students will complete the Touro DNP/FNP program with the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive health assessments, including ordering and interpreting diagnostic procedures; partner with patients and families for health promotion and disease prevention; generate differential diagnoses and manage acute and chronic health problems and symptoms based on a strong biological science foundation; prescribe and evaluate therapies (medication and non-medication based); utilize developmental, patient-and family centered approaches; act as leaders in healthcare systems and advocate for nursing and the role of the DNP/FNP. Graduates will be eligible to practice within larger health care teams including Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Gastroenterology, Oncology, Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Endocrinology and Veteran's health.


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 or call 707-638-5200.


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