The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Pathway program, offered by the School of Nursing at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) is designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field. Select BSN courses are required to bridge to the Masters of Science Degree (MSN). Students obtain the MSN upon completion of the BSN and MSN courses required for the role option. A Bachelor of Science  in Nursing (BSN) is not conferred in this program.

RNs or nursing students nearing completion of the RN program must participate in a MSN Pathway Workshop via Zoom video conferencing.  The Pathway advisor will review the transcripts to note whether all CSU admission requirements have been satisfied and to determine which BSN courses are required to bridge to the MSN. It is preferable to attend the workshop before applying for admission to the university.

The BSN courses needed to bridge to the MSN include the following (or equivalent):

BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3 units)
BSN 380/381 Health assessment (4 units)
BSN 422/423 Community based nursing (5 units)
BSN 450/451 Principles of leadership/management in nursing (5 units)
BSN 460 Nursing research utilization (3 units)

The MSN Pathway advisor will review your transcripts prior to the workshop to determine whether any of the above courses can be waived on the basis of prior equivalent coursework or work experience as a registered nurse.

MSN Pathway Program Workshop

  1. Obtain copies of all your transcripts including prior BA/BS, nursing, prerequisites and general education coursework and graduate coursework, if applicable.
  2. Submit the following in one single envelope at least two weeks before the workshop.
    1. Workshop Registration Form (PDF) 
    2. $50.00 payment to be paid electronically Pay with Toro Pay
    3. A copy of unofficial transcripts from all schools attended; if you attended a foreign school please provide an evaluation of your transcripts.
    4. Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  3.  Obtain course descriptions for content areas not clearly identified by course title.
  4. Attend the MSN Pathway Workshop
  5. Apply for admission to the university


  • September 7, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm via zoom web-conferencing
  • October 12, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm via zoom web-conferencing
  • November 16, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm via zoom web-conferencing
  • December 15, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:00 pm via zoom web-conferencing

For more information about the workshops, please contact Karla Castillo at


In order to be admitted to CSUDH, you need to have completed the following courses:

  1. Anatomy with lab
  2. Physiology with lab
  3. Microbiology
  4. Chemistry
  5. English composition
  6. Oral Communication (speech, public speaking)
  7. Statistics
  8. Critical thinking (logic or reasoning)

In order to be admitted into the MSN program via the MSN Pathway Program, you need the following;

  1. Current and clear licensure as a Registered Nurse
  2. Minimum 3.0 grade point average based on the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units at the baccalaureate level.
  3. BA/BS degree from an accredited university


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Program of study, application process, and time frame will be determined after individual advisement