MSN Program Updates

MSN Program Updates

by Dr. Ayman Tailakh

Ranked among the top 10 nursing programs in California by U.S. News & World Reports in their 2018 Best Nursing Schools, the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing (PACSON) Master’s (MSN) program features a wide variety of options to prepare students for advanced practice nursing. Areas of study range from a clinical focus including nurse practitioners to advanced specialty roles in administration (starting Fall 2018) and education. Students can also choose from a variety of dual major and post-master’s certificate options in clinical and specialty programs.

Approximately 186 students are enrolled in the PACSON’s master’s programs. Out of more than 150 graduate student applications for 2017-18, 90 applicants were accepted for admission. Qualified applicants were invited to campus for an interview. This interpersonal connectedness has been a positive experience for both faculty and applicants.

At the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, there is no substitute for real clinical experiences. Through a network of community alliances and academic-practice partnerships developed with primary care and acute care facilities, nurse practitioner students have access to all specialty and subspecialty clinical experiences at a wide variety of county and private practices in urban and suburban communities as well as federally qualified health centers. Students in the MSN programs have the opportunity to gain clinical practice in more than 300 top medical institutions in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas including Keck Hospital of USC, Kaiser Permanente, CVS Health, CareMore Care Centers, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Providence HealthCare System, Children’s Hospital of LA, Department of Mental Health and County of Los Angeles Hospitals & Clinics.

As always, great changes are occurring at Cal State LA! Over the past year, Cal State LA has thrived under Semester Conversion and Conversion-Plus! This exceptional opportunity redefined the educational experience at Cal State LA and the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing by aligning our curriculum with emerging best practices for teaching and learning as well as student success needs. The new curriculum, for example, offers hybrid courses that combine face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning. A portion of the learning activities takes place online allowing students much more flexibility in creating a schedule while maintaining the face-to-face contact with the instructor and classmates. The MSN program is flexible enough to keep pace with the changing demands of the nursing profession and healthcare systems as well as the needs of the students. The first cohort under the new curriculum will graduate in June 2018.

Recently the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing signed a memorandum of collaboration with White Memorial Medical Center. Nursing faculty and White Memorial Medical Center nurses partner on practice, research, and educational activities. The goals of this partnership are to enable stronger, mutually beneficial relationships between the Chin School of Nursing and White Memorial Medical Center through expanding faculty and professional development and providing opportunities for educational and practice innovations.

To complement and fortify the excellent graduate education in the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, a mentoring and tutoring program that involves peer to peer and faculty mentoring and tutoring opportunities began in fall 2015. This year, more than 15 MSN students received mentorship and tutoring. In addition to supporting mentees to achieve their academic and professional goals, this program helps MSN students to develop interpersonal and mentoring skills as they support their mentees. Former Cal State LA graduates are also giving back by staying connected to the program through mentoring and preceptorships.

Finally, more than 90 students will complete their degree requirements in Spring 2018 and celebrate their graduation at the 2018 California State University, Los Angeles commencement ceremony. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!