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June 20, 2013

Cal State L.A.’s nursing grad program ranked among ‘America’s Best’

 Los Angeles, CA – U.S. News and World Report 2014America’s Best Graduate Schools” edition has ranked Cal State L.A.’s nursing master’s degree program among the top in the nation. Cal State L.A. is one of only two public universities in the Los Angeles area, and the only CSU campus, listed in the top 100.

Since 2000, when it began surveying nursing graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report has continually listed Cal State L.A.’s nursing graduate program among the top five programs in California.

Cal State L.A.’s nursing program celebrated its 60th anniversary last academic year. Although nursing courses were offered in 1948-49, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program was not implemented until 1951-52. Part of the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Nursing now comprises about 550 nursing majors, more than 400 undergraduate nursing students, more than 150 graduate students and 11 full-time faculty members.

Options offered in the graduate program include nursing education, nursing administration, psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist, and four nurse-practitioner options: primary and acute adult, primary pediatric, family and psychiatric/mental health.


Approved by the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, Cal State L.A. launched its joint Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) pilot program last fall.

The School’s programs are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and received continuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC).

These other graduate programs at Cal State L.A. also made the U.S. News rankings this year: rehabilitation counseling (#45), social work (#66), fine arts (#82), public affairs (#97), speech-language pathology (#131). 

According to U.S. News, rankings are based “solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators, and/or faculty at accredited degree programs or schools in each discipline.”   

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