Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply?
You can apply to the MSN program if you have your Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN), and have passed the NCLEX. If you are applying for the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track, one year of continuous, full-time experience in an RN position is required.
Why should I earn my MSN degree?
An MSN degree from PLNU can help you:
* Achieve greater personal satisfaction
* Become equipped for advanced leadership roles
* Positively affect patient outcomes
* Assist other nurses in improving their skills
* Help prepare others for a career in nursing
* Improve patient education
* Have more professional autonomy
* Become fully prepared for doctoral studies
Why should I choose PLNU?
To be an effective nurse, you need more than skills and technology. You need compassion, caring, and an understanding of the spiritual needs of patients. At Point Loma Nazarene University, we understand that the work of a 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.
PLNU will give you:
* Personal, close-knit atmosphere
* Individual attention with proactive faculty support
* Deeper classroom discussions on issues such as ethics and spirituality
* Integration of faith and service
* Wide variety of clinical settings
* The program is designed for working professionals
Is there a need for nurse educators?
While there is a critical shortage of nurses in the United States, there is an even more urgent shortfall of qualified nurse educators to prepare the next generation of nurses. You can help meet this need with an MSN from PLNU. With an MSN, you will be eligible to become a faculty member in any nursing program around the country. In fact, we have graduates of our program teaching in every nursing program in San Diego County.
What is a clinical nurse specialist?
A clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is a Master's prepared nurse who has completed a course of specialized study and 500 clinical hours in an area of nursing practice, or following a patient population, or facilitating a particular outcome utilizing the five roles of the CNS and the three spheres of influence. Clinical nurse specialists often advance the standard of nursing care in a specific area.
What CNS options are available?
Adult/Gerontology - This specialty is appropriate for nurses working in the acute care hospital inclusive of telemetry units, progressive care, critical care, operating room, post anesthesia recovery units, acute care clinics, urgent care, emergency department where the young adult to the older adult, including the frail elderly populations are the most prominent. Nurses educated in the adult-gerontology population are educated across both areas of practice.
Family/Individual Health - This specialty focus is appropriate for nurses working across the family continuum, including women's health and community. Education is congruent in terms of role and population foci.
Pediatrics - This specialty focus is appropriate for nurses working with neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, and young adult health populations. Education is congruent in terms of role and population foci.
Do you offer certifications for me if I already have my MSN?
A Post-MSN certificate for Clinical Nurse Specialist certification is also offered.
I have an ADN degree, but not a BSN. Can I still apply?
Yes! PLNU offers both ADN and BSN entry points. If you are an associate degree in nursing or diploma-prepared RN, you will begin the program with our specially designed ADN to MSN transition courses and then progress into the MSN courses upon completion. You must meet the requirement of having one year of full-time RN experience before starting the program.
I think I may want to earn a Ph.D. in nursing. Will an MSN from PLNU help prepare me for this?
Yes! Upon completion of your MSN at PLNU, you will be eligible to apply for a Ph.D. program in nursing.
Will the program fit in with my busy lifestyle?
PLNU's MSN program was designed with working nurses like you in mind! MSN courses are held one night a week and every other Saturday. Courses are held at our centrally located Mission Valley Regional Center. The majority of our current students maintain their full-time jobs and are very successful in the program.
How can I apply?
Visit PLNU's Graduate Admissions site to begin your application process. If you would like to speak to an Admissions Counselor about applying, please call (619) 563-2821.