Graduate Programs


Credential: Post-Master's School Nurse Services

The Master of Science in Nursing is traditionally designed to prepare registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees for roles in nursing education, community, adult clinical roles, and credentialed school nurses. The curriculum emphasizes the systematic study of professional nursing practice and preparation for leadership roles. The program is designed for nurses currently employed in hospitals, long term care facilities, health agencies and educational institutions who require graduate preparations to qualify for present positions of greater responsibility and complexity. Scheduling of program offerings will provide maximum flexibility and the opportunity for self-directed study.

Admission as a classified graduate student in Nursing requires:

  • have a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from a National League for Nursing (NLN) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited institution or its equivalent, OR a baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to nursing. Students with a BA or BS degree in non-nursing areas must meet baccalaureate competencies in research, leadership and management, and community health before progressing in the graduate program. Competency may be verified through coursework, testing, or experience;
  • have a GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units of undergraduate nursing coursework;
  • have an overall GPA of 3.0 (If one or both of the above GPA requirements are unmet, the student may apply for conditional classification and demonstrate academic ability by enrolling in, and successfully passing with a "B" or better, NURS 209 and NURS 210);
  • complete the Graduate Record Examination before the application deadline;
  • possess a current RN license in California;
  • satisfactorily complete an Introduction to Nursing Research course or equivalent. Students may enroll in the undergraduate research course, NURS 150, through concurrent enrollment to meet the admission requirements; and
  • submit a statement of purpose that outlines the goals and objectives for the pursuit of graduate study.

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