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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

The MSN Graduate Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), the graduate will have the following competencies:

  1. Integrate and apply the scientific theories from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, physical sciences, genetics, public health, quality improvement, organizational sciences for the delivery of evidence-based nursing care, as an advanced practice nurse, to diverse groups of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  2. Synthesize knowledge from the leadership, management, finance and organizational sciences in planning, implementing and evaluating the efficacy of delivery of advanced nursing care at the patient care level, inter-professional, and system-wide system level to patients, families, communities and populations.
  3. Implement quality improvement and safety measures at the patient care, inter-professional and organizational levels using appropriate methods, tools, performance measures, culture of safety principles, and standards related to patient outcome quality measures.
  4. Translate current evidence into practice by demonstrating competence and the knowledge base for research methodology and the research process,  to design and implement evidence- based research, evaluate the merits of evidences found in the literature to guide practice, to participate in conducting original research on a multidisciplinary or nursing research team, to make decisions about the protection of human subject in a research study, and to model and teach the staff on translational research.
  5. Integrate current and emerging technologies to deliver timely, accurate and coordinated patient care across all settings, including virtual settings, while maintaining communication and participation of the inter-professional healthcare team, to achieve high quality patient care outcomes.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between legal and political determinants of delivery of health care at the local, state, national and global levels; and take an active role in promoting health, shaping health care delivery systems and advancing values such as social justice, accessibility and affordability of health care to all, through policy processes and advocacy.
  7. Implement high level inter-professional collaboration, communication, and coordination to achieve health promotion, disease prevention, with the goal of improving patient and population health outcomes.
  8. Implement clinical prevention and promotion of health strategies to improve the health status of the population in United States and globally, by providing culturally competent care that takes into consideration the clients’ cultural and ethnic identity, socio-economic conditions, emotional and spiritual needs literacy levels, values and preferences.
  9. As an advanced practice nurse (APN) whether as a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist in their own specialty, the masters prepared APN will be able to assess, diagnose, plan, intervene, evaluate and revise patient care to positively affect healthcare outcomes for individuals, families, communities, populations or systems in a multicultural society, using advanced knowledge in physical assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology,  patient safety, quality improvement, healthcare economics, environmental sciences, cultural  competence, epidemiology, global perspectives, informatics, organization and systems theories , informatics, communication, healthcare policy, advocacy and inter-professional practice.

Licensing, Certification, Credentialing, and Employment Opportunities of our MSN graduates

The MSN graduate of the CSULB will be eligible to obtain licensing, certification and assume employment positions in any of the following areas as appropriate to their clinical specialization:

  1. Be eligible to take the national certification examination in their own specialty, either as a nurse practitioner or a clinical nurse specialist, as appropriate.
  2. As an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN), be eligible to obtain privileges to legally furnish specific medications and treatments and obtain the prescription writing furnishing license.
  3. Be able to practice as an APN within the parameters of the California Board of Registered Nursing’s scope of practice as a nurse  practitioner (NP) or as a clinical nurse specialist  (CNS) in any of the following selected clinical specialties:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
    • Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (AGNP)
    • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP)
    • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse practitioner (Psych NP)
    • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Care (Acute and Chronic)
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist in Community Health Nursing and Public Health
  4. Be able to practice collaboratively with a physician in their own clinical specialty area in a variety of settings, such as, in doctors’ offices, community clinics, and in hospital settings.
  5. Those with an MSN degree in nursing administration and Health Care Administration can assume executive leadership positions in a variety of health care settings.
  6. Those clinical nurse specialists with MSN/MPH degrees in Community Health Nursing and in Public Health can assume positions/roles of expert providers of population –based preventive care at the local level, state-wide level and globally.
  7. Those with a certificate in Nursing Education or a functional minor in education can assume positions as nurse educators in schools of nursing at college or university settings, and/or become patient educators, and as in-service education instructors and directors in a variety of health care settings.
  8. Those with post baccalaureate or post master’s degree School Nurse Credentials can practice as school nurses and/or in student health centers.
  9. Be eligible to apply to any doctoral programs in nursing or allied health field.