CSU Dominquez Hills Visits CSU San Marcos School of Nursing

DSCN8282Yesterday was a busy day for CSU Dominguez Hills guests when they toured the School of Nursing (SON) at CSU San Marcos (CSUSM). They were welcomed with wide arms by both campuses, San Marcos and Temecula, and they had the opportunity to learn more about sister nursing programs but also had a chance to exchange ideas and share information about their experience in the nursing academic field.

“CSUSM was identified by one of our sister institutions, CSUDH, as having an exemplary and cutting-edge partnership with Extended Learning resulting in expanding professional programs to better meet the needs of our community. As such the two universities spent the day sharing ideas, successful models, and best practices for a successful partnership between stateside and extended learning with plans for more intentional sharing of ideas and best practices across the CSU system moving forward,” says Lorna Kendrick, Director of School of Nursing at CSUSM.  

“Part of SON’s mission is to reimagine, redefine and produce safe and competent Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (BSN/MSN) prepared nurses who stay locally and contribute to the North County community,” says Kendrick. She went on to present history on the growth of nursing programs she directs.

CSUSM School of Nursing Historical Snapshots 

  • 2006: Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program kicks-off and facilities were made possible through a generous 2.5 million dollar donation by Palomar Health
  • 2007: For expansion, nursing degree programs partner with Extended Learning that ‘administers’ degree programs on a self-support basis. As a result of the partnership, the RN to BSN program was added to the school.
  • 2008: In order to meet the rapidly expanding communities of Southwest Riverside County, the School of Nursing opens a satellite site in Temecula. The Accelerated BSN (ABSN) program is offered in Temecula.
  • 2009: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was added. (This provides opportunities to meet growing needs for Baccalaureate and Master prepared Registered Nurses in North San Diego County.)


IMG_4406Emiliano Ayala, Dean for the College of Education, Health and Human Services at CSUSM closed by saying that “the opportunity to collaborate across CSU campuses with similar programs always offers mutual benefits. During our talk with our counterparts from CSU Dominguez Hills, I felt we offered tremendous insight on how we successfully operate our School of Nursing program in light of our collaboration with Extended Learning and, at the same time, the questions they asked helped us refine and clarify our own priorities and practices. As well, given that Schools of Nursing across the state face significant hurdles with regard to establishing and maintaining high-quality clinical placements, the opportunity to explore solutions with similar institutions was invaluable.”  

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Guests from CSU Dominguez Hills included:

Kathleen Chai, Ph. D., CSUDH, Director School of Nursing
Kim McNutt,
CSUDH, Dean, College of Extended and International Education
Gary Sayed, Ph. D., CSUDH, Dean, College of Health and Human Services & Nursing
Michael E. Spagna, Ph. D., CSUDH, Provost & Vice President

To learn more about nursing academic programs, please visit the School of Nursing at CSUSM.


Marilyn Huerta
CEHHS Communication Specialist

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