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Nursing

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Nursing - Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (code NRSGMS01)

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (code NRSGMN01)

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code NRSGMC01)

Master of Science in Nursing, Option in Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult (code NRSGMS02)

Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner (code NRSGCT01)

School Nurse Credential (code 600)

Master of Science in Nursing

This degree is available to qualified students who desire advanced studies. Applicants should request a copy of official transcripts of all college course work be sent to the graduate program of the School of Nursing in addition to the copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records. The program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered;
  • 2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California; PHN Certificate needed for concurrent MSN/MPH program;
  • 3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;
  • 4. A college level course in statistics;
  • 5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice, must have been taken within last five years (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
  • 6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology (all speciality areas except concurrent MSN/MPH and MSN/MSHCA);
  • 7. A college level growth and development across the life-span course (required for Family, Pediatric, and Psych/Mental Health Nurse Practicioner applicants only; all other specility areas exempt);
  • 8. An upper division public health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;
  • 9. An overall GPA of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
  • 2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;
  • 3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
  • 4. Approval of the school graduate advisor and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

The M.S. in Nursing requires completion of the required courses in one of the following speciality areas: Adult-Geriatric, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health Care.

Master of Science in Nursing (code NRSGMS01)

Nurse Practitioner Specialty Areas:

  • Family, Pediatric, Adult-Geriatric, Women's Health Care, and Psychiatric-Mental Health

Requirements

Core

1. Completion of a minimum of 38-45 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better;

3. Completion of an approved thesis, directed project or comprehensive examination.

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 510 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 520 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 540 Health Care Economics, Policy, and Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 550 Human Diversity and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)
    • NRSG 596 Research Methods in Nursing (3)

For all specialities outside of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner:

  • Take the following core courses:
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab (1)
    • For the Pediatric Nurse Pracitioner speciality:
  • Take the following core courses:
    • NRSG 535 Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (3)
    • NRSG 535L Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment Lab (1)

Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I and II:

  • Take one of the following groups of courses:
    • NRSG 682 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 683 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
  • or
    • NRSG 686 Adult/Geriatric Theories for Adv Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 687 Adult/Geriatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • or
    • NRSG 688 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theories for Advance Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 689 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theories for Advance Practice Nursing II (3)

Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I-III:

  • Take one of the following groups of courses:
    • NRSG 610 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 611 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 612 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
  • or
    • NRSG 650 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 651 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 652 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)

Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing I-IV:

  • Take one of the following groups of courses:
    • NRSG 610A/B Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 611A/B Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
  • or
    • NRSG 682A/B Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 683A/B Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
  • or
    • NRSG 686A/B Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advance Practice Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 687A/B Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
  • or
    • NRSG 688A/B Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 689A/B Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-4)
    • NRSG 695 Professional Literature (3)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)

Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing I-V:

  • Take the following courses:
    • NRSG 650A/B Pediatric Theories for Advanced Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 651A/B Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practive Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 652A Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health (code NRSGMN01)

The School of Nursing and the Department of Health Science offer this program. The curriculum prepares graduates for eligibility for a California Clinical Nurse Specialist certification and for taking the national Clinical Nurse Specialist certification examination.

Prerequisites

  • 1. An ethics course
  • 2. A cultural diversity course
  • 3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - verbal and quantitative scores.
  • 4. Current professional resume describing applicant’s relevant experience.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 57 units of approved Nursing and Health Science upper division and graduate level courses including:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • HSC 508 Administrative Relationships in Health Education Programs (3)
    • HSC 528 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
    • HSC 535 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)
    • H SC 570 Theoretical Concepts and Issues in Health Science (3)
    • H SC 581 Curriculum Dev in Health Education (3)
    • HSC 624 Seminar in Community Analysis and Program Planning (3)
    • HSC 625 Advanced Community Health Education (3)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Adv Nursing Practice (2)
    • NRSG 565 Theories Community/Public Health Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 670 Community Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 670L Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical I (3)
    • NRSG 671 Community Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 671L Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical II (3)
    • NRSG 672 Community Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 672L Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Clinical III (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 500 Principles of Epidemiology (3)
    • MICR 429 Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • H SC 503 Advanced Community Health Statistics (3)
    • BIOL 565 Experimental Design/Regression Analysis (4)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • HSC 696 Research Methods (3)
    • NURS 596 Research Methods in Nursing (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • HSC 697 Directed Studies (1-3)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses

3. A thesis or a directed project (Department of Health Science only)

4. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MPH program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met.

Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Science in Health Care Administration (code NRSGMC01)

The School of Nursing and the Department of Health Care Administration offer this program. Applicants should request that a copy of official transcript of all college course work be sent to the school's graduate advisor and the Office of Admissions and Records.

Prerequisites

  • 1. Public Health Nurse Certificate, or eligibility for certificate in California.
  • 2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better; an upper division nursing GPA of 3.0 or better and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Students who fall below these averages will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  • 3. Submission of quantitative and verbal scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • 4. Current professional resume describing the applicant’s relevant experience.

Advancement to Candidacy

A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Care Administration faculty involved in the program, will review files and make a determination to advance the candidate to graduate status.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 56 units of approved Nursing and Health Care Administration upper division and graduate level courses including:

  • Take all of the following:
    • NRSG 559 Nursing Administration (3)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical & Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)
    • NRSG 596 Research Methods in Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 676 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice I (3)
    • NRSG 676L Admin Theories for Nursing Practice I (3)
    • NRSG 677 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice II (3)
    • NRSG 677L Advanced Admin Nursing Clinical II (3)
    • NRSG 678 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice III (3)
    • NRSG 678L Advanced Admin Nursing Clinical III (3)
    • HCA 502 The Health Care System (3)
    • HCA 505 Organization & Systems of Health Care (3)
    • HCA 510 Human Resources Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 515 Advanced Financial Management in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 524 Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    • HCA 530 Strategic Planning and Marketing in Health Care (3)
    • HCA 535 Quantitative Methods for Health Administration (3)
    • HCA 550 Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Services (3)
  • Take one of the following:
    • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-4)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses.

3. Directed project or a thesis.

4. *Graduate degrees obtained previously may be accepted toward meeting a portion of the unit requirements of the concurrent MSN/MSHCA degree program.

5. If a student after entering the concurrent MSN/MSHCA program returns to a single degree program, all requirements for the single degree program must be met.

* 60% of units must be earned in residence.

Master of Science in Nursing, Option in Clinical Nurse Specialist - Adult (code NRSGMS02)

This program is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice within acute and chronic care settings. The curriculum will prepare graduates for eligibility for taking the national clinical nurse specialist certification examination.

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred. A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered if the applicant has completed an upper division public health nursing course and meets all other prerequisites.

  • 1. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California.
  • 2. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at California State University, Long Beach.
  • 3. College level statistics course.
  • 4. Physical assessment course which includes clinical practice taken within the past five years.
  • 5. Upper Division course in pathophysiology.
  • 6. Overall GPA of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of undergratuate program.

Requirements

1. A minimum of 47-48 units of approved upper division and graduate level courses including:

  • Core Requirements:
    • NRSG 511A Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Nurse Specialists (2)
    • NRSG 521A Advanced Pharmacology for Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) (3)
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Lab (1)
    • NRSG 540 Health Care Economics, Policy, and Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 550 Human Diversity and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Adv Nursing Practice (2)
    • NRSG 596 Research Methods in Nursing (3)
  • Concurrent Requirements:
    • NRSG 556A Conditions of Learning and Instruction in Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 556B Curriculum Development in Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 556L Theoretical Concepts Laboratory of Nursing Education (1-4)
  • Clinical Courses Requirements:
    • NRSG 673 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practrice in Adult Care CNS: Adult Patients (3)
    • NRSG 673L Clinical Studies for CNS in Adult Care (3)
    • NRSG 674 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice in Adult Care CNS: Employees (3)
    • NRSG 674L Clinical Studies for CNS in Adult Care (3)
    • NRSG 675 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice in Adult Care CNS: The Organizational Setting (3)
    • NRSG 675L Clinical Studies for CNS in Adult Care (3)
  • Culminating Course Requirement from one of the following:
    • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-4)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in graduate coursework.

3. Directed project, thesis or comprehensive exam.

Graduate Certificate Nurse Practitioner (code NRSGCT01)

This certificate is awarded to students who complete 32-39 units of post-masters course work in one of four Nurse Practitioner specialty areas. Applications from students who hold a masters degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner will be reviewed individually.

  • Admission
  • 1. Copies of transcripts of Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing degrees.
  • 2. Copy of State of California RN licensure.
  • 3. Three letters/checklists of references
  • 4. Completion of the School of Nursing Graduate Program Application.

Core

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 510 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 520 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 540 Health Care Economics, Policy, and Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 550 Human Diversity and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 560 Professional Foundations of Theoretical & Professional Roles in Advanced Nursing Practice (2)

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Take the five core courses listed above.
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    • NRSG 682 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 682A Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 682B Family Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 683 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 683A Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 683B Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Take the five core courses listed above with the exception of taking NRSG 535 and 535L instead of NRSG 530 and 530L.
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 535 Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (3)
    • NRSG 535L Adv Pediatric Physical Assessment Lab (1)
    • NRSG 650 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 650A Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 650B Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 651 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 651A Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 651B Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    • NRSG 652 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 652A Pediatric Clinical for Advanced Practice Nursing V (3)

Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner

  • Take the five core courses listed above.
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Adv Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    • NRSG 686 Adult/Geriatric Theories for Advance Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 686A Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advance Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 686B Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advance Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 687 Adult/Geriatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 687A Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 687B Adult/Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

  • Take the five core courses listed above.
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Adv Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    • NRSG 688 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theories for Advance Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 688A Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 688B Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 689 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theories for Advance Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 689A Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 689B Psychiatric/Mental Health Clinical Studies for Advance Practice Nursing III (3)

Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner

  • Take the five core courses listed above.
  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    • NRSG 610 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 610A Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    • NRSG 610B Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 611 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    • NRSG 611A Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    • NRSG 611B Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    • NRSG 612 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)

School Nurse Credential (code 600)

Admission

1. Completion of Post-Baccalaureate Application for School Nurse Services Credential Program.

2. Official transcript of Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited university. Candidates must have aminimum overall GPA of 2.75 in their undergraduate program.

3. Copy of State of California Registered Nurse License and California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

4. Copy of current unexpired cardiopulmonary resuscitation card (adult, child, and infant) and copy of unexpired first aid card.

5. Basic Physical Assessment course completed within 5 years.

6. One-page written statement describing motivation and purpose for obtaining the Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Service Credential.

7. Three letters of recommendation.

Requirements

Take 25 units with a grade of “B” or better.

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • NRSG 535 Physical Assessment in Early Childhood through Adolescence (3)
    • NRSG 535L Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    • NRSG 536 Theories & Practice of School Nursing (3)
    • NRSG 536L School Nursing Clinical (3 units)
    • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
    • EDSP 350 Education of Exceptional Individuals (3)
    • C D 373 Audiology I (3)
  • Electives. Take 6 units from the the following courses:
    • FCS 409, EDP 432, H SC 427, C D 432.

Health Services (School Nurse) Credential (code 600)

The Health Services (School Nurse) credential is required of registered nurses working in the California school system.

Admission

1. Copies of transcripts of Baccalaureate in Nursing and Masters in Nursing (with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner or Family Nurse Practitioner speciality) degrees;

2. Copy of State of California RN licensure and entitlement as a Nurse Pracitioner;

3. Three letters/checklists of reference;

4. Completion of the School of Nursing Graduate Program Application.

Requirements

Complete the following with a grade of "B" or better:

  • 680C Theories for Extended Nursing Practice (3)
  • 680L Clinical Studies in Nursing (3)
  • H SC 430 School Health Program (3)
  • C D 373 Audiology I (3)