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DON Post-Graduate Certificates Admissions

Admission Requirements for Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements are:

  1. An earned master's or doctoral degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and CCNE-accredited program.
  2. 3.0 ("B") minimum GPA calculated according to recommended practice of the CSUSB Graduate Council;
  3. Current California registered nurse (RN) license, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.

  4. Only applicable to the Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing certificate program.
    Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:

    1. NURS 6425 Epidemiology & Biostatistics (4 units)

    2. NURS 6435 Health Informatics (3 units)

  5. Three (3) satisfactory letters of professional recommendation*.

  6. Personal statement

The deadline by which all required application materials must be received for Fall admission is June 1.

Application Information

To apply please access the Cal State Apply online application system at: Cal State Apply

The California State University has prepared a tutorial on using the Cal State Apply system. To find the tutorial, follow this link: Cal State Apply Application Tutorial

The CSUSB Office of Graduate Studies also provides information on how to use the Cal State Apply system when applying for a graduate program. Find the information at this link: Graduate Studies - How to Apply

*Three letters of professional reference are required as part of the application to the MS in Nursing program. When requesting a professional letter of reference, advise your prospective references to write a narrative:

  • describing how long they have known you and in what capacity;
  • describing the behaviors they have observed that attest to your nursing professional and/or academic competence.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Pinthusorn Pattayakorn, MSN Program Coordinator