Mission & Vision
“The ability to serve diverse populations throughout the area allowed me to learn how to provide culturally competent care in my nursing career.”
- Nursing Student, 2019
Provide educational excellence in the science and art of professional nursing to empower our graduates to be responsible and knowledgeable clinicians, leaders, and scholars who strive to meet changing global healthcare needs.
About the School of Nursing
The School of Nursing offers a program for men and women seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
The baccalaureate program prepares the individual for professional nursing practice in a variety of acute care and community settings and for continuing education and graduate studies.
Nursing majors receive clinical experience in local hospitals, nurse managed centers, and community health agencies under the guidance of nursing faculty from the university.
In addition, the BSN program provides the opportunity for the student to acquire a liberal and professional education as a foundation for practice and advanced education; develop leadership skills in traditional and emerging roles of nursing as demanded by the changing needs of society; develop a sound theory base for using the nursing process in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of health problems; utilize evidence-based practice strategies; develop an attitude of intellectual inquiry and competence in critical analysis; and establish collaborative relationships with other health care professionals.
The program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing is designed to meet the needs of the student who has a baccalaureate degree in nursing and desires advanced preparation in nursing. Nurses with baccalaureate degrees in other disciplines are also accepted on a case-by-case basis. The curriculum develops specialists in advanced nursing practice with functional skills in one of two areas: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. In addition, graduates acquire initial competence in conducting research and are provided the foundation for doctoral study. The program accommodates the part-time as well as the full-time student.
Assembly Bill 867 (AB867) authorized the CSU to offer the post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) as a pilot program at three locations statewide. The Valley Foundation School of Nursing in collaboration with CSU Fresno is one location. The first cohort of 35 students began doctoral studies Fall 2012. The DNP program has had seven successful cohorts since.
The requirements of the Nursing Major may be found in the current SJSU catalog.
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