Online CSUF Degree Allows Former Student of Military Family to Pursue Nursing Education


Adelia Jones, a Cal State Fullerton alumnus Online License Program in the humanities and social sciences, was recently accepted into an accelerated nursing program at Delaware State University.

However, his journey to this accomplishment has not been so straightforward. It all started two years ago.

In 2020, Jones graduated from Solano Community College and was scheduled to start a nursing program this fall…then the pandemic hit. The cohort of nurses Jones was supposed to join would be delayed until spring 2021. This caused a conflict in her schedule.

“I’m a military spouse, so my family and I have to move around a lot,” Jones said. “Before the pandemic, I had timed everything to start this nursing program in the fall and finish it by the time we moved to Delaware in February 2022.

“Once the pandemic hit, however, I couldn’t join the cohort in the spring because I wouldn’t be able to finish it by the time we moved. My children and my husband would have had to leave without me, and I would have had to wait until I finished the program to join them. I needed a plan B, so my advisor at Solano suggested an online degree program.

Getting an online degree from Cal State Fullerton worked perfectly for Jones because she was able to take classes even while moving to Delaware. “The online option was the best thing that could have happened. Without it, I wouldn’t have graduated. I would 100% recommend it, especially to military members and their spouses.

Jones was part of the first cohort in the online bachelor’s degree program in the humanities and social sciences. Why did she choose this particular program? “I go into nursing, and in the medical field, people don’t always consider how social science and anthropology affects us physically,” Jones explained. “The way we were raised and our culture affect our physical health. Just learning about cultural differences can have a huge impact, especially in the medical community. It helps me a lot in my future career as a nurse.

When asked what her favorite part of the cohort was, she remarked, “Not having to fight for a place in a class! It was a relief to know that I didn’t have to worry about the classes being full and there being a spot reserved for me.

Earning a bachelor’s degree qualified Jones to apply for and be accepted into Delaware State University’s fall 2022 nursing program. She will now be able to pursue her nursing career while being with her husband and children in Delaware. “Without Cal State Fullerton’s online degree program, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in right now.”

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