MSN Degree Programs in California

Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs prepare nurses for leadership positions such as managers and educators as well as advanced practice in fields like nurse practitioner, clinical nurse leader, clinical nurse specialist, other advanced practice fields and doctoral programs.

Online MSN Programs Offered in California

Programs will often include courses in areas of ethics, knowledge, nursing skills, research, health care policy and related areas of study. Specialization tracks in such areas as nurse practitioner often include courses in disease prevention, the management of acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion and related courses. Depending on the student’s schedule, full or part-time, an MSN degree program takes 1 to 2 years to complete.

According to the Advance for Nurses 2007 Salary Survey, MSN and Master’s of Nursing educated nurses in California earned an average annual salary of between $91,575 and $101,250. Salaries vary depending on location, facility and many other factors, but this gives you an idea of earnings potential with a master’s level education in nursing.

Graduates of the below MSN programs are eligible for national certification examinations in their corresponding area of educational specialization.

Campus Based MSN Programs in California

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University’s RN to MSN program is CCNE accredited.

MSN Programs Offered: Master of Science in Nursing, RN to MSN, Part-Time MSN, Accelerated MSN for Second Careers. Areas of concentration include Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, Adult CNS, Family NP, Pediatric NP, Parent/Child CNS, and School Nurse.

Mount St. Mary’s College Department of Nursing

School Branding

The school is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing. LVN Mobility Option (Allows student to take the National League for Nursing Mobility Exam. Students who score 75% or better may select to complete a BSN in three years. For those who score less, they may continue on to complete their ADN.

Programs Offered: ADN, LVN Mobility Option (LVN to ADN or LVN to BSN), BSN, Accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, ADN to MSN

Mount St. Mary’s College Department of Nursing,
12001 Chalon Rd.,
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599

University of California San Francisco School of Nursing

School Branding

The Master’s in Nursing programs offered by the University of San Francisco School of Nursing are Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited. The UCSF School of Nursing was listed “Top Ranked” in the 2007 US News America’s Best Graduate Schools survey.

Programs Offered: Master’s of Science in Nursing – (Specializations: Health Policy Nursing, Community Based Care Systems, Nurse Midwifery, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care (Adult) Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontological Nursing Nurse Practitioner & CNS, Occupational and Environmental Health, Oncology Nursing, Pediatric Nursing Advanced Practice, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing – NP, Integrated NP and CNS)

University of California – San Francisco School of Nursing,
2 Koret Way,
San Francisco, CA 94143-0604

University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science

School Branding

The Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Students that complete the pre-licensure component of the master’s program are eligible to apply for licensure by the Board of Registered Nursing. The master’s clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner programs are approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Programs Offered: RN-to-MSN, MSN, Direct-Entry MSN – (Tracks: Adult Medical-Surgical CNS, Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nursing, Executive Nurse Leader, Adult NP, Family NP, Pediatric NP), Part-Time MSN, MSN/MBA, DNP, PhD

University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science,
5998 Alcala Park,
San Diego, CA 92110-2492

Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing

School Branding

The Master of Science in Nursing – Entry program is designed to prepare applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another field for RN licensure and then continue with the program and graduate level coursework. Students have four areas of emphasis to choose from. The Master of Science in Nursing program is California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved, and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Programs Offered: Master of Science in Nursing – Entry (Emphasis Areas: Leadership and Management, Clinical Nurse Leader, Ambulatory Care, and Family Nurse Practitioner)

Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing,
309 E. Second Street,
Pomona, CA 91766

University of California Los Angeles – UCLA School of Nursing

UCLA Programs

Holy Names University

Holy Names Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner

California State University – Fullerton

CSU – Fullerton Programs

California State University, Dominguez Hills – School of Nursing

CSU – Dominguez Hills Programs

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