Degree Requirements

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The online* Master of Science in Nursing program requires a total of 30-76 units of approved graduate study that includes five role options. The curriculum consists of core courses, role emphasis courses, role performance (clinical/practicum) courses, electives, and the Culminating Activity.

  • All prerequisites and MSN coursework must be completed within the 5 year time period designated by program policy. Grade averages are calculated each semester by University Admissions and Records. To maintain acceptable standing in the MSN program, a "3.0" average and a minimum of "B" grade in each course are required. See Nursing – 2014-15 University Catalog.
  • 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).
  • All core courses are non-sequenced except for MSN 502 which must be taken prior to or concurrent with first core course.

*Some courses may require on-campus learning activities.

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Core Courses (15 units)

  • MSN 502. Advanced Roles in Nursing (3)
  • MSN 513. Health Care Policy/Economics (3)
  • MSN 514. Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (3)
  • MSN 530. Research Utilization in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
  • MSN 531. Nursing Ethics (3)
  • Culminating Activity (0 units)

Nurse Educator

Nurse Educator Curriculum Chart [PDF]

Graduates of the nurse educator role option will be competent to provide beginning nursing education to community college nursing students, agency staff, or clients. To achieve this objective, students will complete a minimum of 288 hours over two semesters in a clinical setting (community colleges, staff development, or client education) under the auspices of a Master's-prepared nurse educator preceptor.

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Nurse Administrator

Nurse Administrator Curriculum Chart [PDF]

Graduates of the nurse administrator role option will be competent in the advanced theory and skills necessary to function in administration of organized nursing services at the institutional, staff, and patient/client care levels. To achieve this objective, students will complete a minimum of 288 hours over two semesters in a clinical setting under the auspices of a Master's-prepared nurse administrator. The ideal preceptor is a nurse administrator with a Master’s degree in nursing, a history of demonstrated leadership within an organization, experience as an administrator, and one who can provide access to learning experiences. An approved "elective" for administration students must be completed prior to role performance. Role theory and role performance courses are offered in the Spring and Fall terms (MSN 532, 560, 538, and 570).

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Clinical Nurse Specialist

CNS Parent-Child Curriculum Chart [PDF]
CNS Gerontology Curriculum Chart [PDF]

The CNS role is an advanced practice nurse with clinical expertise for a specialty population. Graduates of this program will be prepared to provide nursing care directly to clients, develop evidence-based standards and programs delivered by nursing personnel, and influence systems that affect healthcare. Each state individually determines the legal scope of practice and criteria for entry-into CNS practice. This program meets the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing for state CNS certification. Eligibility to be certified as a CNS in other states requires the successful completion of a national certification examination. The CNS student must complete a minimum of 500 hours in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified preceptor. Role theory and role performance courses only begin in the Fall semester and conclude the following Fall (3 semesters).

Note: Advanced Assessment requires two, 2-day sessions for teaching and testing of assessment skills (held on campus).

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Family Nurse Practitioner

FNP Handbook [PDF]
FNP Role Option Eligibility Form [PDF]

The FNP program, as part of the Graduate Nursing Program at CSUDH, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This program meets the requirements of the California Board of Registered Nursing and is a BRN approved program. Graduates of this program are eligible to be certified as nurse practitioners in the State of California. Students desiring eligibility to be certified as a nurse practitioner in other states need to consult the Board of Registered Nursing in that state. Role theory and role performance courses are offered in the Spring and Fall term (MSN 567, 568, 578, and 588). For the FNP program of study and more detailed information consult the FNP Handbook [PDF].

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