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Graduate Programs

Graduate education in nursing provides the means to develop advanced and specialized skills in a selected area of nursing clinical practice. Accordingly, these program focus on the acquisition of advanced knowledge in nursing theory, cultural competency, research, spiritual care, bioethics and health policy, health assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and clinical practice. The aim is to prepare nurses who are well equipped to accept leadership roles upon completion.

Programs Offered

Master’s Degrees

Entry-level Master's (ELM)

The Entry-level Master's (ELM) program is designed for students who hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in other disciplines, but want to pursue bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing. The program provides students an intensive three-year sequence of pre- and post-licensure study that enables them to become registered nurses (RNs) and receive a BSN, and also leads to the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a clinical specialty.

MSN with CNS Specialties

The Master of Science in Nursing with Clinical Nurse Specialties (CNS) offers the Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist. These two clinical areas of content and advanced practice prepare nurses to work in acute, primary, or long-term care settings.

MSN with NP Specialties

The Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner (NP) Specialties offers the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialties. These three clinical areas of content and advanced practice prepare nurses to work with patients across the adult years, throughout the human lifespan, or in the psychiatric and mental health settings.

MSN with SNSC Specialty

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) prepares nurses to be effective practitioners of school health. Throughout the program, students develop theoretical and practical expertise in nursing and education applied to basic health services in the public schools (K-12).

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nationally accredited, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) prepares students in advanced theory and practice in a specialized clinical area of nursing. Upon completion, students will meet all the requirements to be certified and will be nationally board eligible. Note: Students pursuing an MSN must also complete coursework for a specialized clinical area of nursing.

Combined Programs

MSN with SNSC and FNP Certificate

This combined program allows students to earn a master’s degree along with the School Nurse Services Certificate, including a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), preparing them for certification by the state of California and for national certification.

MSN with SNSC and PNP Certificate

This combined program allows students to earn a master’s degree along with the School Nurse Services Certificate, including a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), preparing them for certification by the state of California and for national certification.

Secondary Specialties

Nursing Administration Secondary Specialty

Students electing the nursing administration specialty are prepared to manage nursing services in a variety of health care settings. Attention is given to analyzing health care needs of groups of patients, utilizing resources, and organizing and implementing the delivery of nursing services to meet those needs.

Nursing Education Secondary Specialty

Students electing the nursing education specialty learn to develop and evaluate curricula for various types of programs in nursing education, develop and implement various teaching strategies, and assess and meet the learning needs of a diverse group of adult learners across multiple educational environments.

Post-Bachelor’s Credentials

School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)

The School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) prepares nurses who have completed a bachelor's degree to be effective practitioners of health in schools.

Post-Master’s Certificates

Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

This specialty certificate is a nondegree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for patients across the adult years.

Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) Certificate

This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for adults in primary health care settings.

Family Nurse Pracitioner (FNP) Certificate

This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for family-centered health care.

Nursing Administration Certificate

The Nursing Administration Post-Master’s certificate prepares students for administration of nursing service in a variety of health care settings. Coursework focuses on combining the resources of nursing, organizational development, and business management.

Nursing Education Certificate

The Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate prepares nurses for teaching roles in various clinical and/or academic settings. This certificate builds on skills and knowledge obtained in a master’s of science in nursing program.

Parent-Child Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners in areas such as pediatrics or obstetrics for content and practice.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Certificate

This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners with infants and children in primary health care settings.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

The PMHNP certificate prepares nurses to work with patients experiencing severe mental illness to determine biopsychosocial health care needs within a complex and changing environment.

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is designed to prepare nurses at the highest level of practice for the current, complex health care environment. An evidence-based clinical approach emphasizes the prevention, assessment, and treatment of complex health issues in the adult and elderly population.

Nursing, PhD

The PhD in Nursing is a research-based program designed to prepare graduates for a life of scholarship and teaching. Graduates become nurse scholars, educators, and researchers prepared to pursue systematic research inquiry to improve the health of society and train the future generation of nurse clinicians and academicians.

  • Health of the Family and Community
  • International Health
Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.