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Master of Science in Nursing

The program consists of 33-51 semester units of approved graduate study. The curriculum consists of 18 units of core courses; prerequisite courses; role theory courses; role performance courses; and a culminating experience, the Comprehensive Examination.

  • All prerequisites, MSN coursework, and Comprehensive Examination 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.
  • All core courses are non-sequenced except for MSN 502 which must be taken prior to or concurrent with first core course.

The MSN Role Options consist of the choices below. Students must declare a role option on the application or by the end of the first semester of graduate coursework. All graduate coursework is available online. Periodic on-campus attendance is required for select courses (see below) and for the Comprehensive Examination Workshop and Examination. Student must download and review the Clinical Hanbook and complete Role Option eligibitility packet the semester prior to role option courses.

  • Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist Option (43 units)
  • Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option (43 units) ((Note: Effective Spring 2007, admissions into this option have been suspended. If you are interested in the CNS Gerontology option, email the Graduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Rose Welch at rwelch@csudh.edu))
  • Nurse Education Option (39 units)
  • Nurse Administrator Option (33 units)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (51 units)

Note: the unit totals above include the 18 units of required core courses, elective (educator and administrator), and prerequisite courses if applicable.

Nurse Educator

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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 Masters prepared nurse educator preceptor. The nurse educator preceptor is experienced in teaching methods and strategies, demonstrates expertise in an appropriate clinical area, and can facilitate the student's application of theoretical knowledge to teaching/learning situations. Nurse educator students develop expertise in an advanced clinical focus area by selecting a three-unit "elective" in parent-child or gerontological nursing. The course must be taken prior to role theory/performance courses. Nurse educator student's clinical expertise is also supported with advanced pathophysiology and assessment courses. Role theory and role performance courses are offered in the Spring and Fall terms (MSN 529, 559, 539, and 569).

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

Nurse Administrator

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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 Masters prepared nurse administrator. The ideal preceptor is a nurse administrator with a Masters 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).

Clinical Nurse Specialist

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Graduates of the CNS role options in gerontology or parent-child will be competent to function as a clinician, case manager, researcher, educator, and consultant. A CNS is responsible for planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of programs for special populations. The CNS student must complete a minimum of 500 hours in a clinical setting under the auspices of a Masters prepared CNS in gerontology or parent-child nursing. The starting sequence for CNS Parent-Child is in Fall only. The starting sequence for CNS Gerontology is Spring only.

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

Family Nurse Practitioner

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The FNP program, as part of the Graduate Nursing Program at CSUDH, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate N sing Education (CCNE). The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (W ASC). This program meets the requirements of the California Bo d 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. Eligibility to be certified as a nurse practitioner in other states requires the successful completion of a national certification examination.

Students who successfully complete this program are qualified to take the American .Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners' certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioners.