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Nursing

Graduate Programs

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

This program of 47-48 units 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
    • 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 in Nursing Education: Practice Teaching (4)
  • Clinical Courses:
    • NRSG 600 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice in Adult Care CNS: Adult Patients (3)
    • NRSG 600L Clinical Studies for CNS in Adult Care (3)
    • NRSG 601 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice in Adult Care CNS: Employees (3)
    • NRSG 601L Clinical Studies for the CNS in Adult Care (3)
    • NRSG 602 Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice in Adult Care CNS: The Organizational Setting (3)
    • NRSG 602L Clinical Studies for the CNS in Adult Care (3)
  • Culminating Course from one of the following:
    • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-4)
    • NRSG 695 Comprehensive Exam (3)
    • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-4)

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

3. Directed project, thesis or comprehensive exam.