2014 – University Receives Federal Grant to Enhance Veteran Preparation

Award from U.S. Department of Health & Human Services addresses growing need for nursing professionals

San Diego, Calif. – Aug. 28, 2014 – As the nation faces an urgent need for more trained nursing professionals, National University announces the creation of the Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project that is being launched to provide Veterans interested in nursing careers with academic and professional support through a three-year $1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grant is being awarded to the private, nonprofit university’s School of Health and Human Services.

The funding for the Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project, which comes from the federal Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will provide a full suite of pre-entry outreach services, retention activities, and academic and career support services, including licensure preparation, in order to ensure the professional success of Veteran graduates who enter and complete the already-established program. The field of nursing is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“We are extremely honored to have been awarded this prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services since it recognizes the value and expertise that Veterans bring to careers such as nursing and other health specialties,” said Dr. Gloria J. McNeal, Dean of National University’s School of Health and Human Services and a former Navy Nurse Corps Officer. “National University has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the success of military and Veteran students, and this project allows us to build on that tradition by offering meaningful and relevant career options and academic support.”

The program will be designed to provide an accelerated experience, based on evaluation of candidates for advanced placement. In its evaluation of the proposal, the Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) external reviewers commended the University for demonstrating strong support services for the Veteran community. The Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project builds on the School’s current partnerships with a variety of agencies to establish clinical rotation sites. The Project is being offered in collaboration with the National University Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, which was created to provide guidance and assistance for the needs of Veteran students through a grant awarded to National University by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).

“We are extremely proud of the innovative work being done by our School of Health and Human Services, and for the recognition they have received through this competitive grant,” said National University Provost Debra Bean. “This program will have a positive impact, not only in our communities, but in the lives of our military and Veteran students as they take the next steps in their professional careers.”

Please visit the School of Health and Human Services website for additional information as it is made available:


About the National University School of Health and Human Services
The National University School of Health and Human Services offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Health Informatics, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Regulatory Affairs, Radiation Therapy, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Administration, and Health and Life Sciences Analytics. Graduates of these programs are prepared to assume leadership positions in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices designed to improve the quality of healthcare systems and healthcare safety. 

About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 230,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college – the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies – offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California.

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