Nursing Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Online) curriculum is for registered nurses who are adult learners whose time, lifestyles or work schedules make it difficult to complete a traditional course of study in residence on a campus. Most BSN courses are offered online* through the internet to deliver the curriculum wherever and whenever the student is ready to learn. The courses must be completed within the semester, but students have the flexibility of accessing the courses at the time and place most convenient to them for completing assignments by the due dates. 

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. Prospective MSN Pathway students must participate in a workshop to have transcripts evaluated.

*Some courses (BSN 381, 411, 421, and 451) require clinical hours on campus, at selected sites throughout California, and at appropriate agencies in the student’s community.

Master of Science in Nursing (Online)

Role Option Specific Outcomes:

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Adult/Gerontology

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical practice for the adult-gerontology population in the three spheres of the clinical nurse specialist: client/patient, nursing, and organization/system.

Clinical Nurse Specialist – Pediatric

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical practice for the pediatric population in the three spheres of the clinical nurse specialist: client/patient, nursing, and organization/ system.

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Demonstrate competency in utilization of technology to find current evidence based information to guide diagnosis and treatment for the health, prevention and treatment of disease, in their patient populations.
  • Utilize their advanced practice nursing and primary care knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and provide safe and effective primary care to families and patients of all ages.
  • Analyze data from psychosocial, cultural, ethical, and current scientific research to develop plans for individualized patient care.
  • Be prepared to take national certification examinations for Family Nurse Practitioners.

Nurse Administrator

  • Apply concepts and theories of organizational management and nursing administration to the design of complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Integrate concepts of health policy, regulation, and financing to the organization of healthcare delivery, with a focus on responsible management of resources.

Nurse Educator

  • Synthesize nursing and other scientific knowledge in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing education programs across academic and clinical settings.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical and academic nursing education including learner assessment, educational theories and models, measurement and evaluation strategies, instructional strategies, curriculum development, and achievement of learning outcomes.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing (Online) program requires a total of 30-48 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.

  • MSN coursework must be completed within the 5 year time period designated by program policy. Students must enroll in courses each semester or obtain an approved leave of absence to maintain continuous enrollment. 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 the Nursing section of the University Catalog https://www.csudh.edu/university-catalog/.
  • Satisfaction of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) prior to 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 in the first core semester.  All courses within the option (except for the role option courses) must be completed prior to starting the role option portion of the curriculum. Those courses are positioned at the end of the program and are sequenced over 2-4 semesters. Refer to the plan of study for each option.
  • FNP students must complete their clinical hour in the state of California. A California RN License is required. Additionally, the FNP specific courses are hybrid in nature and not fully online; regular visits to campus are required. Any deviation from the plan of study must be approved by the FNP Director

Culminating Activity                                              

Effective spring 2009, students admitted (or re-admitted) Spring 2009 or thereafter will participate in the MSN Professional Portfolio/Presentation (PPP) to satisfy the requirements for the MSN Culminating Activity.

Students are eligible to participate in the MSN Culminating Activity if the following are satisfied:

  • Enrollment in the final semester of graduate coursework or has completed all course requirements and is enrolled in MSN 600.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Fulfilled the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • No incomplete grades (Inc) are present on the transcript.
  • Student has submitted the graduation application via their MyCSUDH account and paid all required graduate fees. For more details on how to apply, please visit the .
  • Student has submitted the Culminating Activity Eligibility Form [Word Doc.].

Professional Portfolio/Presentation

The purpose of the Professional Portfolio/Presentation (PPP) is for the graduating student to demonstrate achievement of the MSN Program Objectives. The student will accomplish this through the development of a portfolio and by delivering an oral presentation supported by a PowerPoint presentation.

The Portfolio and Powerpoint are submitted online and the oral presentation is delivered via conference call with faculty. MSN students who elect to do the culminating activity in the semester following completion of MSN coursework must register in MSN 600 to meet the continuous enrollment requirement.

It is strongly recommended that students retain copies of all course syllabi and assignments, including individual postings to discussion boards in Blackboard, submitted for courses to aid in the development of the Portfolio.

Sample PPPs


Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. Prospective MSN Pathway students must participate in a workshop to have transcripts evaluated.