Admission to Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program, OR a baccalaureate degree in a discipline related to nursing. Applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees must meet competencies in research, leadership, and community health. Competency may be verified through coursework, testing or certification;
  2. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  3. Current licensure to practice nursing in California (RN);
  4. Professional and/or academic competence in nursing attested through three personal recommendations;
  5. Successful completion of an upper-division undergraduate statistics course;
  6. Completion of NURS 601. Preparation for MSN Learning with Technology;
  7. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement.

Department Regulations

  1. MSN students must carry malpractice insurance in the amount of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 per year or more in order to be admitted to clinical courses;
  2. Prior to the first clinical course and yearly thereafter, students must submit a medical report of a recent physical examination, including tuberculosis skin testing, indicating that they are able to engage in activities required to meet the expectations of the program. Exams are available through the Student Health Center for a fee. Immunizations are required. Contact the Department of Nursing for more information;
  3. Students must have current Health Insurance. See Department for instructions;
  4. Students must have a current background check prior to their clinical experience. See Department for instructions;
  5. Students must have access to insured transportation for their clinical experience;
  6. A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation card, American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider.
  7. Students pursuing the School Nurse Credential must also meet the following requirements:
  8. A current First Aid card;
  9. Completion of state approved audiometry course.

Recommendation for the School Nurse Credential

In order to be recommended for a credential, the student must have:

  1. Completed all prescribed coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better;
  2. A current First Aid card and current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation card.

For more information please visit our website. Department of Nursing