Nursing Schools Integrate 2 and 4-Year Degree Programs

A nursing school in Monterey, California announced that it will host up to thirty nursing school students as part of a blended education program for nurses in the county.

With news of New York’s consideration in requiring a bachelor’s degree of all nursing students within the next decade, we might begin to see more joint ventures like the one taking place in Monterey.

Under an integrated program, lucky students from local community colleges may be able to complete their first year under the direction of a bachelor’s degree program at Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), return to their community college for technical training in the nursing school program, and then finish out their degree back at CSUMB for their final semester where they will complete one last project.

CSUMB is offering this opportunity for students attending nursing school at Monterey Peninsula, Cabrillo, Gavilan, and Hartnell in Monterey County who are eligible to attend classes and earn a 4-year bachelor’s degree from CSUMB, according to the school’s website and the Monterey County Herald today.

CSUMB instructor Dr. Tom McKay said that the difference between a two-year nursing school program and a bachelor’s degree is vast when viewed from the proper perspective. Nursing school programs that are two years long teach a person everything required to “do the job” of a nurse, but it is limited in that it does nothing to implicate the greater impact of nursing in a medical environment or on public health.

This is where the bachelor’s degree offers more in the way of a complete nursing school curriculum. While earning a bachelor’s degree, students learn about public policy, public health, and information technology utilized in the medical field.

“When students come out of an associate’s program, they’re pretty well prepared to work at a hospital, but not at all prepared to work in this other context,” McKay said according to the Monterey County Herald.