Feb 25, 2024
Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science degree in Nursing (MS) prepares students for a specialty focus to expand their career options. The MS program is designed to foster interdisciplinary collaborative skills and independent functioning within a focused specialty area, called an MS concentration. Current MS concentrations are: Nursing Leadership, Nurse Anesthetist, School Nursing, Nurse Educator and Women’s Health Care. Within the Women’s Health Care concentration, students will choose an emphasis as either a nurse midwife or women’s health care nurse practitioner. The Nursing Leadership, School Nursing and Women’s Health Care concentrations are flexible, allowing for either full-time or part-time study. The Nurse Anesthetist concentration follows a set full-time schedule. High quality resources, both on and off campus, are available for the MS concentrations.
The Graduate Nursing program accepts applications for the fall semester only.
The application period opens the previous Oct. 1, and closing date depends on enrollment across the campus. It is best to apply as soon as applications are open. Applications may be accessed online at: csumentor.edu/AdmissionApp.
School of Nursing Application Deadlines
For the EL-MS program, deadlines are posted in early Fall for the next application cycle. The Nurse Anesthetist concentration accepts applications Nov. 1-30. All other concentrations have a priority deadline of Dec. 1. Applications received after that date will be considered on a space available basis until the program is full or the university closes admissions.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
School of Nursing admission requirements and application procedures vary by program and concentration; each MS concentration has a detailed information/application packet describing these. The packets guide applicants through both School of Nursing and university application procedures, and can be found on the school’s website: nursing.fullerton.edu.
For those interested in the nurse anesthetist concentration, additional information (an online information session and print materials) please visit: kpsan.org.
Nursing Leadership Concentration: EL-MS in Nursing Clinical Pathway (44 units)
A pathway to the Master of Science Degree in Nursing, called the entry-level (EL-MS) pathway, is available for students who are not registered nurses (RNs). Students progress through foundational nursing coursework, graduate coursework for the EL-MS pathway, and then are awarded a Master of Science degree in Nursing. Once accepted to the EL-MS pathway, students enroll in foundational nursing courses in the areas of Medical-Surgical, Maternal/Child, Mental Health/Psychiatric, Geriatric, and Community-based nursing. These courses provide the theoretical and clinical experiences necessary to qualify students for RN licensure and include the following:
Following completion of nursing courses students are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of the NCLEX provides students with the license required to practice professional nursing as a RN. Additional graduate courses (38 units) in the major complete the requirements for the MS degree. Graduates are eligible for certification as public health nurses in the State of California.
Core Requirements (13 units)
Concentration Requirements (21 units)
Thesis/Project Option (4 units)