BILL NUMBER: AB 867	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Nava and Arambula
   (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Galgiani)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Beall, Block, Carter, Coto, Davis, De
Leon, DeVore, Hagman, Huber, Bonnie Lowenthal, Mendoza, Monning,
John A. Perez, Price, Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, and Villines)
   (Coauthors: Senators Alquist, Ashburn, Benoit, Correa, Cox,
DeSaulnier, Ducheny, Florez, Lowenthal, Maldonado, Romero, and
Runner)

                        FEBRUARY 26, 2009

   An act to add Article 9 (commencing with Section 89280) to Chapter
2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education Code,
relating to nursing degrees.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 867, as introduced, Nava. California State University: Doctor
of Nursing Practice degree.
   Existing law establishes the California State University and its
various campuses under the administration of the Trustees of the
California State University. Existing law requires the California
State University to offer undergraduate and graduate instruction
through the master's degree in the liberal arts and sciences and
professional education, including teacher education.
   This bill would authorize the California State University to award
the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The bill would distinguish
the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from research-based doctoral
degrees offered at the University of California. The bill would
require the programs to be designed to enable professionals to earn
the degree while working full time, train nurses for advanced
practice, and prepare faculty to teach in postsecondary nursing
programs.
   The bill would require initial funding to come from existing
budgets, without diminishing the quality of undergraduate programs or
reducing enrollment therein.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  The Legislature finds and declares all of the
following:
   (a) The State of California faces an ever-increasing nursing
shortage that jeopardizes the health and well-being of the state's
citizens.
   (b) Colleges and universities need to expand nursing education
programs to prepare more nurses to meet the state's growing demand
for nurses. An estimated state shortage of 47,600 registered nurses
is expected by 2010, and by 2020 the shortage is projected to reach
116,600 according to the Governor's California Nurse Education
Initiative Annual Report, September 2006.
   (c) Well-trained nursing faculty are critical to the ability to
expand nursing programs.
  SEC. 2.  Article 9 (commencing with Section 89280) is added to
Chapter 2 of Part 55 of Division 8 of Title 3 of the Education Code,
to read:

      Article 9.  Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree


   89280.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 66010.4, in order to meet
specific nursing education needs in California, the California State
University may award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, as
described in this section.
   (b) The authority to award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
is limited to the discipline of nursing practice. The Doctor of
Nursing Practice degree offered by the California State University
shall be distinguished from research-based doctoral degrees offered
at the University of California.
   (c) The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree program offered by the
California State University shall train nurses for advanced nursing
practice and prepare faculty to teach in postsecondary nursing
education programs. The degree programs shall be designed to enable
professionals to earn the degree while working full time.
   (d) The California State University shall follow all of the
following requirements:
   (1) Funding on a per full-time equivalent student (FTES) basis for
each new student in these degree programs shall be within the
California State University's enrollment growth levels as agreed to
in the annual Budget Act. Enrollments in these programs shall not
alter the California State University's ratio of graduate instruction
to total enrollment, and shall not diminish enrollment growth in
university undergraduate programs. Funding provided from the state
for each FTES shall be at the agreed-upon marginal costs calculation
that the California State University receives for graduate
enrollment.
   (2) Each student in the programs authorized by this article shall
be charged fees in an amount that is no higher than the rate charged
for students in state-supported doctoral degree programs at the
University of California, including joint programs of the California
State University and the University of California.
   (3) The California State University shall provide any initial
funding needed for the programs authorized by this article from
within existing budgets for academic programs support, without
diminishing the quality of program support offered to California
State University undergraduate programs. Funding of these programs
shall not reduce undergraduate enrollments at the California State
University.