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Graduate Programs

The master's program prepares nurses to assume roles either as nurse practitioners or as nursing and healthcare systems executive managers.

The purpose of the nurse practitioner program is to prepare competent nurse practitioners who possess knowledge, skills and abilities in physical diagnosis, psycho-social assessment and management of health-illness needs in a primary or acute care environment.

The purpose of the Nursing and Healthcare Systems Executive Management program is to prepare nurses to assume executive-level positions and senior leadership roles in hospitals, clinics, healthcare systems and other healthcare entities serving patients in highly complex and diverse settings.

The master of science degree is open to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in a variety of areas of clinical specialization and executive management.

The School of Nursing offers:

  • Over 50 years of experience in nursing education

  • A nationally-recognized, diverse faculty

  • A faculty available for counseling and support to help you reach your academic goals

  • An opportunity to interact with a diverse student population

  • On-site Learning Center with Simulation labs, complete nursing library and computer resources

  • Free assistance to improve reading and writing skills

  • Opportunities to take elective classes from any department in the university

  • University resources such as counseling, support groups and social organizations

MSN Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the graduate will have the following competencies:

  • Integrate and apply the scientific theories from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, physical sciences, genetics, public health, quality improvement, organizational sciences for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care, as an advanced practice nurse (APN), to diverse groups of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

  • Synthesize knowledge from the leadership, management, finance and organizational sciences in planning, implementing and evaluating the efficacy of delivery of advanced nursing care at the patient care level, inter-professional, and system-wide system level to patients, families, communities and populations.

  • Implement quality improvement and safety measures at the patient care, inter-professional and organizational levels using appropriate methods, tools, performance measures, culture of safety principles, and standards related to patient outcome quality measures.

  • Translate current evidence into practice by demonstrating competence and increase the knowledge base for research methodology and the research process, to design and implement evidence-based research, evaluate the merits of evidences found in the literature to guide practice, to participate in conducting original research on a multidisciplinary or nursing research team, to make decisions about the protection of human subjects in a research study, and to model and teach the staff on translational research.

  • Integrate current and emerging technologies to deliver timely, accurate and coordinated patient care across all settings, including virtual settings, while maintaining communication and participation of the interprofessional healthcare team, to achieve high quality patient care outcomes.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between legal and political determinants of delivery of health care at the local, state, national and global levels; and take an active role in promoting health, shaping health care delivery systems and advancing values such as social justice, accessibility and affordability of healthcare to all, through policy processes and advocacy.

  • Implement high level inter-professional collaboration, communication, and coordination to achieve health promotion, disease prevention, with the goal of improving patient and population health outcomes.

  • Implement clinical prevention and promotion of health strategies to improve the health status of the population in the United States and globally, by providing culturally competent care that takes into consideration the clients’ cultural and ethnic identity, socioeconomic conditions, emotional and spiritual needs, literacy levels, values and preferences.

  • As an (APN), whether as a specialized nurse practitioner or a nurse manager, the masters-prepared APN will be able to assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, evaluate and revise patient care to positively affect healthcare outcomes for individuals, families, communities, populations or systems in a multicultural society, using advanced knowledge in physical assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology,  patient safety, quality improvement, healthcare economics, environmental sciences, cultural competence, epidemiology, global perspectives, informatics, organization and systems theories, informatics, communication, healthcare policy, advocacy and inter-professional practice.

Licensing, Certification and Employment Opportunities of our MSN Graduates

The MSN graduate of the CSULB will be eligible to obtain licensing, certification and assume employment positions in any of the following areas as appropriate to their clinical specialization:

  • Be eligible to take the national certification examination in their own specialty, either as a nurse practitioner or an executive manager, as appropriate.

  • As an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), be eligible to obtain privileges to legally furnish specific medications and treatments and obtain the prescription writing furnishing license.

  • Be able to practice as an APN within the parameters of the California Board of Registered Nursing’s scope of practice as a nurse  practitioner (NP) in any of the following selected clinical specialties:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioner (PMHNP)

    • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

  • Be able to practice collaboratively with a physician in their own clinical specialty area in a variety of settings, such as, in doctors’ offices, community clinics, and in hospital settings.

  • Those with an MSN degree in Nursing and Health Systems Executive Management can assume executive leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.

  • Those with a certificate in Nursing Education or a functional minor in education can assume positions as nurse educators in schools of nursing at college or university settings, and/or become patient educators, and service as in-service education instructors and directors in a variety of health care settings.

  • Be eligible to apply to any doctoral programs in nursing or allied health field.

 
 

Master of Science Degree Programs

Graduate MSN FAQ & Application Instructions

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has collaborated with California State University Long Beach School of Nursing to provide graduate courses on the Hoag Hospital campus. Two nurse practitioner program specialties are offered through this collaborative partnership program.

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Hoag employees will apply to both CSULB Cal State Apply and to the NursingCAS. On the NursingCAS application, the Hoag employee will select the collaborative partnership program for admission consideration. Hoag students are expected to enroll in the courses offered on the Hoag Hospital campus. For more information on this program, please email program coordinator Samantha Zimmerman.

Certificates

Nurse Practitioner Certificate for Practicing Nurse Practitioners

This certificate is intended for students who hold a MS in Nursing and who are certified as Nurse Practitioners in a specialty area and wish to add a specialty area. Applications for the Nurse Practitioner Certificate for Practicing Nurse Practitioners will be reviewed individually and pre-testing of prior content mastery may be required depending upon knowledge currency.

Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

This certificate is intended for students currently enrolled in an MS in Nursing program or students who hold a Master's in Nursing without Nurse Practitioner certification. Applications for the Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate will be reviewed individually and pre-testing of prior content mastery may be required depending upon knowledge currency. Currently certified Nurse Practitioners who wish to gain additional certification should apply to the Nurse Practitioner Certificate for Practicing Nurse Practitioners.

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

The Nursing Education Certificate Program consists of 13 units of specific coursework that prepares nurses who have completed a Master of Nursing degree to be effective educators in either a health care service agency, a community, and/or an academic setting. Students will develop both theoretical and practical expertise in the educational field. The Certificate in Nursing Education can be completed concurrently with a Master's Degree or separately as a post-master's certificate.

Graduate MSN FAQ & Application Instructions

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The Doctorate of Nursing Practice is offered through the Southern California CSU DNP Consortium including the campuses of CSU Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, and CSU Los Angeles. The DNP is a professional practice degree designed to prepare advanced practice nurses for complex practice and leadership roles in the clinical setting as well as teaching roles at California's community colleges and at the California State University. Students admitted into the program will be able to draw on faculty expertise across three large institutions.

Specialty areas include:

  • Anesthesia

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Management/Administration/Leadership

  • Midwifery

  • Nurse Practitioner

  • Community Health Nursing

The DNP program is a rigorous academic experience designed to prepare nurses to assume the highest levels of nursing professional practice. In addition to developing advanced competencies in evidence-based practice, leadership, health policy and advocacy, graduates will develop in-depth skills in a focused area of nursing practice. Students will complete a total of 1,000 clinical hours in practicum experience. Enrollment for this joint CSU program is through CSU Fullerton. Consult the CSU Fullerton catalog for admission procedures and requirements, course descriptions, and degree requirements.

Our master's programs are approved by the California State 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).