Requirements

Requirements for Graduation

In addition to the general requirements of the university:

  1. Advancement to candidacy for the MS degree in nursing;
  2. A minimum of 45-63 quarter units of designated courses depending on the concentration(s) selected, as approved on the petition for advancement to candidacy;
  3. A grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") in all graduate course work fulfilling the requirements for the M.S. in Nursing, and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all elective courses;
  4. Choose A, B or C below as required by the concentration:
    1. Completion and presentation of an acceptable clinical project;
    2. Completion and defense of an acceptable thesis;
    3. Completion of NURS 999. Comprehensive Examination and NURS 690. Preparation for Comprehensive Examination.

The written comprehensive examination is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of advanced community health nursing practice. Students may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which coursework is taken and must be advanced to candidacy one quarter before taking the comprehensive examination. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the MSN Graduate Committee to retake the exam within one year. After an exam failure, the candidate and advisor will discuss actions necessary for remediation of shortcomings. For more information related to the comprehensive examination process and scheduling contact an MSN program faculty.

Degree Requirements (45-63 units)

Core Courses (39 units)

  1. NURS 600. Population Health Assessment (6)
  2. NURS 610. Program Planning and Evaluation (6)
  3. NURS 620. Health Policy Leadership (6)
  4. NURS 630. Advanced Nursing Roles (3)
  5. NURS 635. Biostatistics for Public/Community Health Nursing (4)
  6. NURS 645. Advanced Nursing Research (4)
  7. NURS 655. Advanced Nursing Theory (4)
  8. NURS 688. Advanced Role Practicum (2)
  9. NURS 646. Epidemiology (4)

Choose one of the following concentrations:

Academic Nursing Education (14-18 units)

  1. NURS 658. Nursing Education: Curriculum and Instruction (4)
  2. NURS 659. Assessment and Evaluation (4)
  3. NURS 660. Nursing Education: Technology in Nursing Education (4)
  4. One of the following culminating sequences:
    1. Clinical Project
      • NURS 697. Clinical Project in Nursing (6)
    2. Thesis Research
      • NURS 699. Thesis Research in Nursing (6)
    3. Comprehensive Examination
      1. NURS 690. Preparation for Comprehensive Examination (2)
      2. NURS 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing (20-24 units)

  1. NURS 681. Advanced Public/Community Health Internship I (3)
  2. NURS 682. Advanced Public/Community Health Internship II (3)
  3. Twelve units of 500 or 600 level courses chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor and approved by the MSN coordinator.
  4. One of the following culminating sequences:
    1. Clinical Project
      • NURS 697. Clinical Project in Nursing (6)
    2. Thesis Research
      • NURS 699. Thesis Research in Nursing (6)
    3. Comprehensive Examination
      1. NURS 690. Preparation for Comprehensive Examination (2)
      2. NURS 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)

Population-Based Nursing (6 units)

  1. The following culminating sequence:
    • NURS 690. Preparation for Comprehensive Examination (2)
    • NURS 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)
  2. Four units of 500- or 600-level Nursing elective chosen in consultation with the graduate advisor and approved by the MSN program coordinator.

School Nursing (18-22 units)

Includes 47 units of the School Nurse Credential

  1. NURS 502. Advanced Physical/Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents (4)
  2. NURS 503. Principles of School Nursing Practice (4)
  3. NURS 658. Nursing Education: Curriculum and Instruction (4)
  4. ESPE 530. Introduction to Special Education (4)
  5. One of the following culminating sequences:
    1. Clinical Project
      • NURS 697. Clinical Project in Nursing (6)
    2. Thesis Research
      • NURS 699. Thesis Research in Nursing (6)
    3. Comprehensive Examination
      1. NURS 690. Preparation for Comprehensive Examination (2)
      2. NURS 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)
  • Special Teaching Authorization in Health (STAH)
    1. NURS 659. Assessment and Evaluation (4)
    2. NURS 660. Nursing Education: Technology in Nursing Education (4)
    3. NURS 681. Advanced Public/Community Health Internship I (3)
    4. NURS 682. Advanced Public/Community Health Internship II (3)

Students in any MSN concentration are eligible to complete the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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