Admission Requirements

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Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a NLNAC- or CCNE- accredited upper division major in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the SON Student Affairs Committee.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work attempted. Students not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted to Conditionally Classified status on the recommendation of the faculty.
  3. Registered nurse licensure in the United States, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to entry into the program or by the completion of 9 graduate units (i.e. or within two semesters after being admitted into the MSN program).
  5. Completion of the following prerequisites:
    1. Statistics - including probability and inferential
    2. Research - introductory course or equivalent
    3. Pathophysiology
    4. Health Assessment - basic course, including a skills lab.
  6. A 100-200 word statement describing the congruence of the applicant's educational goals with the resources of the CSUDH School of Nursing MSN Program.
  7. Submission of a professional resume.
  8. FNP students are admitted on a conditional basis, pending completion of MSN 526, 527, 528 and 530 and a professional portfolio. See additional eligibility criteria listed on the FNP Handbook [PDF].

Foreign degrees

If the Baccalaureate degree was completed outside of the United States, it must be evaluated by an outside agency for equivalency to a Baccalaureate degree in the US and for the conversion of your Grade Point Average (GPA) to a 4.0 scale. Evaluation Services are listed at Admissions and Records.

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses.