Online Master of Science Nursing
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The MSN program prepares leaders for advanced practice in the roles of parent-child and gerontology clinical nurse specialist. Courses are based on advanced knowledge and the critique and application of theory and research as a scientific base for nursing.
What You Will Learn
Upon the completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, the graduate will be able to:
• Integrate knowledge, theory, research and skills in
planning and evaluating comprehensive
plans of care for individuals, families and populations.
• Design culturally sensitive programs and systems of care
that meet the needs of diverse and vulnerable populations.
• Provide evidence-based, clinically proficient care using
critical thinking skills in advanced nursing roles.
• Adapt oral, written and technological communication
skills to be effective and appropriate in clinical,
educational, and professional contexts and systems.
• Integrate ethical theory and principles into nursing theory,
research and practice in advanced nursing roles.
• Advocate for healthcare policies and financing that promote, preserve and restore public health.
• Provide leadership in collaborative efforts with other disciplines to influence
improvement in healthcare systems.
• Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning for continued professional growth.
• Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with an upper
division major in nursing (BSN) and a NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing Student Affairs Committee.
• Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted. Students not meeting this requirement may be admitted to Conditionally
Classified status on the recommendation of the faculty.
• Current and active RN licensure in the United States.
• Completion of statistics (descriptive and inferential) and upper division research courses. Students who have not taken these courses in the undergraduate program may enroll in them concurrently with graduate coursework. They must be completed prior to MSN 530.
• The Graduate Writing Examination (GWE) requirement (or equivalent) must be met prior to admission OR during the first semester of coursework with a score of 8 or better.
• Submission of a professional resume and 100-200 word essay describing the congruence of the applicant's educational goals with the CSUDH MSN program.
Admissions criteria for the Clinical Nurse Leader Role
Option have a different set of
requirements. Please see the CSUDH course catalogue.
Other Program Requirements
• Undergraduate transcripts must reflect completion of pathophysiology and health assessment courses. • Students who have senior status in BSN programs may take up to two graduate courses if the following conditions are met. Undergraduate students who register for and complete graduate coursework to satisfy requirements for the undergraduate degree or without obtaining prior approval, will not receive course credit for the graduate program.
• Student has applied for BSN graduation
• Student's grade point average is 3.0 or higher
• Student has completed the GWE (or equivalent) with a score of 8 or better
• Student has submitted the “Graduate Course Credit for Seniors” form prior to
registering in graduate coursework.
• A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade of B or better in each course is required. Any student receiving a grade of B- or lower during any term must consult with their graduate advisor. The CSUDH catalog outlines the policies concerning probation and disqualification.
The program requires 33-75 semester units of approved graduate study that includes
six role options. The curriculum consists of core courses, role emphasis courses, role
performance (clinical/practicum) courses, electives, and the culminating experience.
The curriculum allows RN students to choose one of two role options: parent-child and gerontology clinical nurse specialist.
Graduate Course Prerequisites
Some MSN courses require the successful completion of prerequisites not offered as part of
the graduate program. However, the prerequisite courses are available as undergraduate