The graduate nursing program at PLNU is accredited by the CCNE and approved by the California BRN. The program is designed for working professionals. Classes are held one night a week and every other Saturday morning at our Liberty Station Conference Center.
PLNU’s cohort model keeps you with a core group of MSN peers as you progress through the courses together. The model provides friendship, support, and encouragement. In addition, the students benefit from the diversity of experience and expertise of the other cohort members. The smaller class size allows for deeper discussion and more faculty interaction. The inclusion of faith and service allows for opportunities to discuss issues of spirituality.
Students have the ability to have hands-on experience in multi-cultural settings. Through core courses and nursing clinical specialty, students gain a solid foundation in advanced practice nursing. PLNU students benefit from the broad range of clinical preceptors and clinical agencies that are available.
ADN to MSN
The ADN or diploma prepared registered nurse 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. The program can be completed in two-and-a-half 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 United States healthcare facility to apply.
BSN to MSN
If you are a BSN-prepared registered 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 spring or summer and spread your classes out. You must have at least one year of full-time nursing experience in a United States healthcare facility to apply.
If you are a registered nurse with your MSN, the post-MSN certification program is designed to prepare you to assume the role of a Clinical Nurse Specialist.