California Southern University Nursing Programs Granted Final Approval by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Jan 27, 2016 by University Communications

Irvine, California—January 28, 2016—California Southern University has announced that the university's accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WASC), has granted final approval of CalSouthern's Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree programs. CalSouthern has begun accepting enrollments into both programs.

CalSouthern's BSN is a degree completion program designed for registered nurses looking to earn their bachelor's degree to meet the upcoming Magnet Recognition Program requirement that 80 percent of Magnet-status hospitals' staff nurses hold a BSN degree or higher by the year 2020. The MSN program is tailored to nurses looking to advance into senior leadership or upper-level educational programs in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Judith McLeod
Dr. Judith McLeod

The new CalSouthern School of Nursing is led by its dean, Dr. Judith McLeod. Dr. McLeod, a doctoral graduate of Johns Hopkins University, joins CalSouthern after a nursing and education career that has spanned four decades.

“I am extremely pleased to have received final WASC approval for the BSN and MSN, and extend a warm welcome to the programs' first students,” says Dr. McLeod. “These programs will enhance their practices, improve patient outcomes and enrich the students' lives. And it is my hope that our students will also positively influence other nurses as they incorporate the knowledge and skills they attain at CalSouthern into their practices.”

About CalSouthern:
California Southern University is a regionally accredited university, offering undergraduate and graduate online degree programs in law, business, criminal justice and law enforcement, psychology, and nursing to a nationwide and international student body. CalSouthern is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510) 748-9001. To learn more about online education at CalSouthern, please visit

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