At PLNU, we understand that the work of the nurse is sacred. That’s why we provide you with the best knowledge and practices while also focusing on the spiritual and emotional side of caring for patients. It’s nursing education you won’t find elsewhere - whether you seek to advance in your practice with a clinical nurse specialist degree or to prepare the next generation as a nurse educator with your MSN.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
We offer tracks for both RN to MSN and BSN to MSN 

  • Option 1: MSN with Clinical Nurse Specialist tracks:
    • Adult Gerontology
    • Family and Individual Health
    • Pediatrics
  • Option 2: MSN General Track*:
    • For the RN who desires to further his/her nursing practice, but wants flexibility in career options.
      *The general MSN does not require a specialty area, and there are no clinical hours required.

Post-MSN Certification for Clinical Nurse Specialist
For the RN with an MSN who wants to assume the role of a clinical nurse specialist (CNS).



Average Completion Time2 1/2 years
Cost (per unit)$715
Program Format

Classes one night per week (Tue., Wed., Thurs., or Sat.)

4:30-7:30/8:30 p.m.

Every other Saturday - 8 a.m.-noon


Liberty Station Conference Center 



If you are an ADN or diploma prepared registered nurse, you can earn your MSN from PLNU. You will complete three transition courses in the spring and summer semesters and then become part of the MSN cohort in the fall. You will then continue in the MSN course progression for the rest of the program. If you attend as a full-time student, you can complete the program in 2 ½ years. Please note that a BSN degree is not granted, and you must have at least one year of full-time nursing experience in a U.S. healthcare facility to apply. 

If you are a BSN-prepared register nurse, you can earn your MSN in two years if you begin in the fall semester. If you prefer to take the program at a slower pace, you may start in the spring or summer and spread your classes out. You must have at least one year of full-time nursing experience in a U.S. healthcare facility to apply.


Watch this 2-minute video about Melvin, who wanted to build upon his knowledge as a registered psychiatric nurse. Through PLNU’s master’s in nursing program, his view of the nursing practice was expanded and he found new knowledge and vitality for his profession.



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