Today the school is named the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, following a $7 million gift from the family of Patricia Chin, who holds a Doctor of Nursing Science from UC San Diego, and her husband, Dr. William Chin, who was a founding partner and executive medical director of medical group HealthCare Partners, LLC.
In December 2016, University officials announced the gift, the second largest in University history.
The Chin family wanted to give back to significant institutions that have played major roles in their lives. For Patricia Chin, that was Cal State LA and its School of Nursing.
“We were just looking for a way to help continue the excellence of the program,” she says.
From her first days training and tending to patients as a nurse on the units of District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C., the importance of hands-on experience in nursing education has been clear to Patricia Chin. Students learn best when they can apply skills in real-world situations.