California College Offers New BSN Program in Response to Nursing Shortage

Reviewed by Abbie Jacobs, RN, BSN

The National University at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California has rolled out a new 11-course Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

The accelerated BSN program comes in response to the statewide shortage of nurses and will allow students the opportunity to begin their careers at a much faster pace. Students will be equipped with the communications, therapeutic nursing and critical thinking skills that are crucial in nursing care.

With more and more healthcare employers requiring BSN degrees for even entry-level roles, it is becoming increasingly important for universities like College of the Canyons to offer innovative options to obtain the degree. Changes in healthcare administration through the Affordable Care Act, an aging population and physician shortages are also increasing the demand for skilled nurses.

Students that have successfully passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses will be awarded up to 31.5 quarter units and shorten the 18 course requirement to 11 courses. Students that have completed general education requirements will be afforded the same opportunity to reduce their program course requirements from 18 to 11. Eligible students are required to have a 2.0 cumulative GPA score to enroll in the program.

Students who complete the BSN program through National University will be awarded a general bachelor degree that affords them the ability to determine their area of specialization. Choices will include oncology, cardiology, acute care and neonatal care, among others. “Our collaboration with the College of the Canyons offers students access to a quality accelerated program that streamlines their career path and opens up specialization opportunities in the rapidly-expanding health care field,” said Dr. Gloria McNeal, dean of the School of Health and Human Services.