Master of Science in Nursing and Post-MSN Certification

  • Program Units
  • 43
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  • Average Completion Time
  • 2 1/2 years
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  • Cost Per Unit
  • $715*
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  • Program Delivery Format
  • Tue, Wed, Thu, Sat classes, one night per week from 4:30-7:30/8:30; every other Saturday from 8-12
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  • Accreditation
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  • Locations
    • Liberty Station Conference Center
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*Based off current tuition rates for 2013-2014

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Admissions Requirements for Graduate Nursing Program:

Please complete and submit all general graduate application materials. These materials can be found on the Application Process page, where you will also find the address to which you should send these materials. Please utilize the electronic letters of recommendation.

Note Regarding Transcripts: Nursing applicant's transcripts must indicate a 3.0 GPA. It is also strongly recommended that applicants take/have taken a course in Statistics before beginning the program.

  • ADN to MSN - Official transcript(s) must show completion of an ADN degree or equivalent from a National League for Nursing (NLN), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), or regionally accredited program (i.e. WASC).
  • BSN to MSN - Official transcript(s) must show completion of a BSN degree from an NLN, CCNE, or regionally accredited program.
  • Post-MSN - Official transcript(s) must show completion of an MSN degree from an NLN, CCNE, or regionally accredited program.

Foreign Transcripts: All foreign transcripts must have a course by course evaluation by World Education Services ( that includes degree equivalency and GPA.

Additional Program-Specific Admissions Requirements:

1. Personal Essay - Complete a personal essay of 250 words that demonstrates graduate-level writing skills and describes the importance of graduate studies at this time in your career. Send your completed essay to the address found on the Application Process page.

2. Interview - Upon receipt of all of your required documents, an interview will be scheduled with the graduate nursing selection committee.

3. Although you will not be tested on your technical competency, you are expected to have basic computer literacy including word processing, Internet browsing, email, presentations, and the ability to search relevant Internet databases.

4. Applicants must have at least one year of experience as a Registered Nurse in a United States healthcare facility before starting the program.

Other Provisions Upon Acceptance:

To satisfy the requirements of our clinical facilities, upon acceptance into the nursing program you will need to provide proof of the following items:

   1. Current California licensure as a registered nurse
   2. Current Healthcare Provider CPR certificate from the American Heart Association
   3. Background check and drug testing (failure to pass the background check and/or drug testing may result in an inability to complete the program)
   4. Completed School of Nursing Form Packet, which includes documentation of the following items:

  • Proof of required immunizations (We will only accept copies of your official immunization record or paper documentation of titers)
  • Current TB screening
  • Current HIPAA certificate
  • Student health history
  • Physical exam form

Want to Learn More?

Visit the School of Nursing page for additional information.

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