Department of Nursing
Health and Physical Education Building, Room 215
(909) 537-5380    nursing.csusb.edu

Master of Science in Nursing

with concentrations in

  • Academic Nursing Education
  • Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing
  • Population-Based Nursing
  • School Nursing


  • Academic Nursing Education (53-57 units)
  • Advanced Community/Public Health
  • Nursing (59-63 units)
  • Population-Based Nursing (45 units)
  • School Nursing (57-61 units)

The Department of Nursing offers a graduate program leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with a clinical focus in population-based (advanced public/community health) nursing. The program is designed to educate professional nurses for leadership and service in culturally diverse, pluralistic communities.

Graduates of the MS program will work collaboratively with other health care providers and participate effectively in interdisciplinary models of health care delivery. They are prepared to assume leadership roles in the creation of health care systems which will provide equality of access, high standards of care and caring, and the cost-effective use of resources.

The Academic Education concentration prepares Nursing Faculty to teach in Nursing Programs at both community and four-year universities. This program is also appropriate for advanced practice nurses interested in population health education and health education programming.

The School Nursing concentration meets the California State requirements for the School Nurse Credential. The graduate will concurrently receive the Master of Science in Nursing and the School Nurse Credential. Additional requirements needed for MSN include:

  1. NURS 635. Biostatistics for Public/Community Health Nursing
  2. Culminating Project, Thesis or Comprehensive Examination)

Graduates who complete the Advanced Public/Community Health Option are prepared for National Board Certification in Public Health Nursing.

The Special Teaching Authorization in Health (STAH) option is available to school nurses who wish to position themselves to become faculty of record for health classes within public school districts. The STAH is not required for the credential and is available to master's students as well as nurses in the community who are already credentialed. The STAH authorizes nurses to provide health education instruction beyond that of periodic guest presentation and allows school administrators to utilize nurses in the capacity of health educators through the provision of direct and regular health instruction. Requirements for the STAH are completion of 14 units of educational pedagogy including a supervised student (practice) teaching experience and passing of the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). Application for the STAH requires an Exit Interview.

Graduates who complete the Advanced Public/Community Health Option are prepared for National Board Certification (AACN) in Advanced Public Health Nursing.

For more information please visit our website. Department of Nursing