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:

    • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)

    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)

    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioner (PMHNP)

  • 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. (Temporarily suspended due to low enrollment.)

  • 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.