Master of Science in Nursing

Requirements:

Nurse Educator (65 units) (Program Code: NRNE)

Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing (71 units) (Program Code: NCNS)

Population-Based Nursing (57 units) (Program Code: NPBA)

The Department of Nursing offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with a clinical focus in population-based (advanced public/community health) nursing. The program is designed to educate professional nurses for leadership and service in culturally diverse, pluralistic communities.

Graduates of the MS program will work collaboratively with other health care providers and participate effectively in interdisciplinary models of health care delivery. They are prepared to assume leadership roles in the creation of health care systems which will provide equality of access, high standards of care and caring, and the cost-effective use of resources.

As with all Masters' Programs at CSUSB, a B average is required to be in good standing. A B- is required to pass a masters' nursing course.

The Nurse Educator concentration prepares Nursing Faculty to teach in Nursing Programs at both community and four-year universities. This program is also appropriate for advanced practice nurses interested in population health education and health education programming.

Graduates who complete the Advanced Public/Community Health Option are prepared for National Board Certification (AACN) in Advanced Public Health Nursing.

Admission to the Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program, OR a baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to nursing. Applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees must meet competencies in research, leadership, and community health. Competency may be verified through coursework, testing or certification;
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  3. Current licensure to practice nursing in California (RN);
  4. Professional and/or academic competence in nursing attested through three personal recommendations;
  5. Successful completion of an upper-division undergraduate statistics course;
  6. Completion of NURS 601 Preparation for MSN Learning with Technology;
  7. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Department Regulations

  1. MSN students must carry malpractice insurance in the amount of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 per year or more in order to be admitted to clinical courses;
  2. Prior to the first clinical course and yearly thereafter, students must submit a medical report of a recent physical examination, including tuberculosis skin testing, indicating that they are able to engage in activities required to meet the expectations of the program. Exams are available through the Student Health Center for a fee. Immunizations are required. Contact the Department of Nursing for more information;
  3. Students must have current Health Insurance. See Department for instructions;
  4. Students must have a current background check prior to their clinical experience. See Department for instructions;
  5. Students must have access to insured transportation for their clinical experience;
  6. A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation card, American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider.
    Students pursuing the School Nurse Credential must also meet the following requirements:
  7. A current First Aid card;
  8. Completion of state approved audiometry course.

Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be advanced to candidacy, the student must have:

  1. Achieved classified status;
  2. Completed at least 30 quarter units of course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  3. Been accepted by a major advisor for the Department of Nursing who will also accept chairing the student's project/thesis committee;
  4. Filed an approved program for completion of the graduate degree. This program must be prepared in consultation with the major advisor and approved by the Program Coordinator and the Dean of Graduate Studies;
  5. Demonstrated professional competence and integrity in academic and clinical practice settings.

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the general requirements of the university:

  1. Advancement to candidacy for the MS degree in nursing;
  2. A minimum of 45-63 quarter units of designated courses depending on the concentration(s) selected, as approved on the petition for advancement to candidacy;
  3. For the Nurse Educator concentration, a minimum of 46 units completed in residence at this University and at least 46 units earned from 500- and 600-level courses approved by the program;
  4. For the Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing concentration, a minimum of 50 units completed in residence at this University and at least 50 units earned from 500- and 600-level courses approved by the program;
  5. For the Population-Based Nursing concentration, a minimum of 40 units completed in residence at this University and at least 40 units earned from 500- and 600-level courses approved by the program;
  6. A grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements for the M.S. in Nursing, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all elective courses;
  7. Choose A, B or C below as required by the concentration:
    1. Completion and presentation of an acceptable clinical project;
    2. Completion and defense of an acceptable thesis;
    3. Completion of NURS 999 and NURS 690.

The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of advanced community health nursing practice. Students may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which coursework is taken and must be advanced to candidacy one quarter before taking the comprehensive examination. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the MSN Graduate Committee to retake the exam within one year. After an exam failure, the candidate and advisor will discuss actions necessary for remediation of shortcomings. For more information related to the comprehensive examination process and scheduling contact an MSN program faculty.

Degree Requirements (57-71 units)

Core Courses (51)
NURS 541Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span4
NURS 542Advanced Pathophysiology4
NURS 543Advanced Pharmacology and Toxicology4
NURS 600Population Health Assessment6
NURS 610Program Planning and Evaluation6
NURS 620Health Policy Leadership6
NURS 630Advanced Nursing Roles3
NURS 635Biostatistics for Public/Community Health Nursing4
NURS 645Advanced Nursing Research4
NURS 646Epidemiology4
NURS 655Advanced Nursing Theory4
NURS 688Advanced Role Practicum2
Concentrations (6-20)
Choose one of the following concentrations:6-20
Total Units57-71

Nurse Educator (14 units)

NURS 658Nursing Education: Curriculum and Instruction4
NURS 659Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education4
NURS 660Instructional Technology in Nursing Education4
Comprehensive Examination:
NURS 690Preparation for Comprehensive Examination2
NURS 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units14

Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing (20 units)

NURS 658Nursing Education: Curriculum and Instruction4
NURS 659Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education4
NURS 660Instructional Technology in Nursing Education4
NURS 681Advanced Public/Community Health Internship I3
NURS 682Advanced Public/Community Health Internship II3
Comprehensive Examination:
NURS 690Preparation for Comprehensive Examination2
NURS 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units20

Population-Based Nursing (6 units)

NURS 654Transcultural Healthcare4
NURS 690Preparation for Comprehensive Examination2
NURS 999Comprehensive Examination0
Total Units6

Optional Non-Program Electives

ESPE 530Introduction to Special Education4
NURS 503Principles of School Nursing Practice4