BILL NUMBER: AB 867	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  AUGUST 17, 2010
	AMENDED IN SENATE  JULY 23, 2009
	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  APRIL 14, 2009

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Members Nava and Arambula
   (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Galgiani)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Beall, Block, Buchanan, Caballero,
Carter, Conway, Coto, Davis, De Leon, DeVore, Fong, Gilmore, Hagman,
Huber, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Mendoza, Monning, John A. Perez, Price,
Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torrico, Tran, and
Villines)
   (Coauthors: Senators Alquist, Ashburn, Benoit, Cogdill, Correa,
Cox, DeSaulnier, Ducheny, Florez, Lowenthal, Maldonado, Negrete
McLeod, Romero, Runner, Strickland, and Walters)

                        FEBRUARY 26, 2009

   An act to add  and repeal  Article 9 (commencing with
Section 89280)  to  of  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 amended, Nava. California State University: Doctor of
Nursing Practice  degree.   degree pilot
program. 
   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  , until July 1, 2018,  would authorize the
California State University to  establish a Doctor of Nursing
Practice degree pilot program at 3 campuses chosen by the Board of
Trustees to  award the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The
bill would distinguish the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the
doctor of philosophy degree offered at the University of California.
The bill would require the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree 
pilot  program to be designed to enable professionals to earn
the degree while working full time, train nurses for advanced
practice, and prepare clinical faculty to teach in postsecondary
nursing programs.
   The bill would require  the California State University to
enroll and maintain no more than 90 full-time equivalent students in
the degree pilot program at all 3 campuses combined. The bill would
require  initial funding to come from existing budgets, without
diminishing the quality of undergraduate programs or reducing
enrollment therein. 
   The bill would require the California State University to annually
report on the status of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
program, as specified.  
   The bill would require the California State University, the
Legislative Analyst's Office, and the Department of Finance to
jointly conduct a statewide evaluation of the degree pilot program
and report the results to the Legislature and the Governor on or
before January 1, 2017. 
   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.  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  Pilot
Program 


   89280.  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 and practitioners are critical to
the ability to expand nursing programs.
   (d) Because of the urgent need to prepare and graduate increased
numbers of nurses, it is the intent of the Legislature to 
grant   establish a pilot program that grants  the
California State University authority to offer the Doctor of Nursing
Practice degree, as an exception to the Master Plan for Higher
Education.
   89281.  (a) Notwithstanding Section 66010.4, in order to meet
specific nursing education needs in California, the California State
University may  establish a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
pilot program at three campuses chosen by the Board of Trustees to
 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
 through the degree pilot program  shall be distinguished
from the doctor of philosophy degree offered at, or in conjunction
with, the University of California.
   (c) The Doctor of Nursing Practice degree  pilot  program
offered by the California State University shall focus on the
preparation of clinical faculty to teach in postsecondary nursing
education programs and may also train nurses for advanced nursing
practice or nurse leadership, or both. The degree  pilot 
program shall not replace or supplant master's degree nursing
programs offered, as of January 1, 2010, by the California State
University. The degree  pilot  program shall be designed to
enable professionals to earn the degree while working full time.
   (d) A Doctor of Nursing  degree   Practice
degree pilot  program established by the California State
University is not exempt from any review and approval processes,
including those performed by the California Postsecondary Education
Commission.
   (e) In implementing subdivision (a), the California State
University shall comply with the following requirements: 
   (1) Enrollment and maintenance shall be limited to no more than 90
full-time equivalent students (FTES) in the degree pilot program at
all three campuses combined.  
   (1) 
    (2)  Funding on a per  full-time equivalent
student (FTES)   FTES  basis for each new student
in the degree  pilot  program shall be within the California
State University's enrollment growth levels as agreed to in the
annual Budget Act. Enrollments in the degree  pilot  program
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) 
    (3)  The California State University shall provide any
initial funding needed for the degree  pilot  program
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 for the degree  pilot  program shall not reduce
undergraduate enrollments at the California State University.  It
is the intent of the Legislature that the California State
University seek private donations or other nonstate funds to fund
startup costs for the degree pilot program. 
   89282.   (a)    If the California State
University establishes a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree  pilot
 program pursuant to Section 89281,  the university
shall report on the status of the degree program to the California
Postsecondary Education Commission, the Legislative Analyst's Office,
and the appropriate budget subcommittees in each house of the
Legislature. The report shall be submitted annually, prior to any
legislative budget subcommittee hearing related to the degree
program.   the California State University, the
Legislative Analyst's Office, and the Department of Finance shall
jointly conduct a statewide evaluation of the degree pilot program
implemented under this article. The results of the evaluation shall
be reported, in writing, to the Legislature and the Governor on or
before January 1, 2017. The evaluation shall consider all of the
following:  
   (1) The number of Doctor of Nursing Practice degree pilot programs
implemented, including information regarding the number of
applicants, admissions, enrollments, degree recipients,
time-to-degree, attrition, and public school and community college
program partners.  
   (2) The extent to which the degree pilot program is fulfilling
identified state needs for training in educational leadership,
including statewide supply and demand data that considers capacity at
the University of California and in California's independent
colleges and universities.  
   (3) Information on the place of employment of students and the
subsequent job placement of graduates.  
   (4) Any available evidence on the effects that the graduates of
the degree pilot program are having on elementary and secondary
school and community college reform efforts and on student
achievement.  
   (5) Pilot program costs and the fund sources that were used to
finance the program, including a calculation of cost per degree
awarded.  
   (6) The costs of the degree pilot program to students, the amount
of financial aid offered, and student debt levels of graduates of the
program.  
   (7) The extent to which the degree pilot program is in compliance
with the requirements of this article. 
   (8) Recommendations for the degree pilot program, including
whether the program should be continued or modified.  
   (b) A report to be submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be
submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
 
   89283.  (a) The California State University shall permit students
who enroll in the degree pilot program prior to July 1, 2018, to
complete their coursework on or after July 1, 2018.
   (b) The California State University shall not enroll any new
students in the degree pilot program on or after July 1, 2018. 

   89284.  This article shall remain in effect only until July 1,
2018, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2019, deletes or extends
that date.