By Laura Perdew
Rachel McClanahan’s journey to be among the first graduates of the doctor of nursing practice degree program at Cal State Fullerton has included a long-distance commute, early morning and late-night study sessions, and juggling the rigors of a full-time job and a growing family.
It all pays off Saturday, May 17, when she and 27 other graduates in the inaugural class receive their doctorates from the California State University’s consortium-based program, which is designed to educate nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty members.
And if that isn’t enough, McClanahan is receiving the Outstanding Graduate Student Award for 2014. Cal State Fullerton’s Alumni Association presents the $1,000 annual award, in recognition of academic achievement and community involvement.
“It’s an honor,” said McClanahan, a school nurse in the Oxnard School District, about receiving the award and being in the first graduating class. “It’s also a heavy responsibility to do something that will make the D.N.P. shine later in my career.”
The doctoral program is the product of state legislation adopted in 2010 that allows the CSU to offer the degree program to help fulfill the need for nursing faculty members and nurses nationwide. Cal State Fullerton launched the program in 2012.
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