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School of Nursing

Dear Visitor and Prospective Student,

Welcome to the School of Nursing at California State University, Long Beach!

The student is the center of our focus, where diversity, internationalism, and transculturalism in student and faculty are sought, valued and nurtured. Our graduates are much sought-after for employment.

We educate professional nurses at the Baccalaureate level to practice in collaborative or leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, and community health care agencies, and at the Master's degree level, students are prepared for advanced practice roles such as, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse educators, nurse executives and leaders in public health nursing.

The School of Nursing is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellence in nursing education and the quality of its faculty. Our baccalaureate nursing program and the master’s degree program have been awarded full national and state accreditation.

Thank you for your interest in our nursing programs. We look forward to having you visit our campus. We hope that our website will provide answers to your questions.

Cordially Yours,
Loucine M. Huckabay, RN, PNP, Ph.D., FAAN
Director and Professor
School of Nursing

Notification to Nursing Students: Professional Licensure and Certification in other States or Territories 

CSULB programs for professions that required licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into nursing programs that required licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain licensure or a certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University, and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.  

CSULB has not determined whether its nursing programs meet other states’ or territories’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification.  Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete the CSULB program, they will meet their state’s or territory’s requirement for licensure.  This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43 (a(5)(v)(C). 

100% Pass Rate
nursing students and insturctors

In Spring 2019, graduates of the School of Nursing achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX, a required examination for the licensure of nurses in the United States. The national average stands at around 87 percent.

Undergraduate Programs

Basic: The School accepts students into the nursing program at the sophomore level after they have completed all of their prerequisites. In five semesters, they graduate with a BSN degree and Public Health Certificate.

Trimester BSN: Similar to the Basic BSN except students attend school year-round and complete the program in two years.

RN to BSN: A Registered Nurse with an Associate degree is accepted into the BSN program and completes the BSN in 18 months.

Graduate Programs

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing with Nurse Practitioner Specialty Areas:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care
  • Family Primary Care
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health (across the lifespan)

The School of Nursing also offers Post-Masters Certificate Programs:

  • Nurse Practitioner Certificate for practicing Nurse Practitioners who want to add a specialty 
  • Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate for students currently enrolled in an MS in Nursing program or students who hold a Master's in Nursing without Nurse Practitioner certification
  • Nursing Education Certificate to prepare nurse educators (12-18 units post-masters)
Accreditation and Approval

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at California State University Long Beach are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

The baccalaureate degree program and master’s degree program (Advance Practice Nursing Programs) are fully approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.