The master of science degree is available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in a variety of clinical speciality areas. The program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).
The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines and community services to promote health.
The focal point in this curriculum is the nursing process with strong components of clinical medical knowledge complemented by behavioral science concepts. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the area of student’s choice.
The graduate will have the knowledge and skill to function as an advanced practice nurse in one of several speciality areas. Nursing research skills and the application of nursing theory to practice are major emphases of the curriculum. Each applicant should request a copy of the official transcript of all college course work be sent to the department graduate program of nursing in addition to the copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records.
Advancement to Candidacy
The M.S. in Nursing requires completion of the required courses in one of the following speciality areas: Adult-Geriatric, Family, Pediatric, Psychiatric-Mental Health, Women's Health Care.
Nurse Practitioner Specialty Areas: Family, Pediatric, Adult-Geriatric, Women's Health Care, and Psychiatric-Mental Health
Core courses: NRSG 510, 520, 530, 530L, 540, 550, 560, 596.
Theories for Advance Practice Nursing I and II: NRSG 667 and 668, or 682 and 683, or 684 and 685, or 686 and 687, or 688 and 689
Clinical Studies in Advance Practice Nursing I-IV: NRSG 667A/B and 668A/B, or 682A/B and 683A/B, or 684A/B and 685A/B, or 686A/B and 687A/B, or 688A/B and 689A/B; and 692 or 695 or 698
The Departments of Nursing and Health Science offer a concurrent Master of Science and Master of Public Health degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the area of public health nursing with a practice focus of primary prevention, illness prevention, and health promotion. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two Departments in each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience.
The Master of Science and Master of Public Health (Health Education Option) provides the opportunity for students to increase competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies. The curriculum will prepare graduates for eligibility for a California Clinical Nurse Specialist certification and for taking the national Clinical Nurse Specialist certification examination.
The Department of Nursing and Health Care Administration Programs offer a concurrent Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Health Care Administration dual degree available to qualified students who desire advanced preparation in the areas of nursing and health care administration with a practice focus as Advanced Practice Nurses in administration. The concurrent program leading to both degrees represents the core accreditation requirements of each degree. Coursework is integrated between the two degree programs each semester in order to provide an intense learning experience.
The philosophy of graduate nurse education is that the practice of nursing is constantly changing as health needs and health delivery systems are altered. Integral to nursing is an ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other disciplines. The joint Master of Science in Health Care Administration and the Master of Science in Nursing provides the opportunity for students to specialize as advanced practice nurses with emphasis in administration and increasing competence in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs in preparation for serving in various health agencies. An important career path for advanced practice nurses is as nurse executive in the variegated segments of the health care industry including entrepreneurial activities. Courses are interdependent and have been structured to provide clinical depth in the areas of nursing and administration.
Each applicant should request that a copy of official transcript of all college course work be sent to the Nursing Department Graduate Advisor and to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Advancement to Candidacy
A joint committee, consisting of Nursing and Health Care Administration faculty involved in the program, will review files and make a determination to advance the candidate to graduate status.
Requirements for Completion
* 60% of units must be earned in residence.
This program is designed to expand the scope of nursing practice within acute and chronic care settings. The courses are designed to increase the graduate's clinical skills and knowledge in order to enhance the opportunities for career advancement and quality patient care. The programs was developed to allow each student to identify and define their clinical specialization in acute and chronic care areas such as perioperative, oncology, respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, medical surgical, or rehabilitative nursing. The programs will prepare graduates to practice in collaborative and leadership roles within hospitals, clinics and community health care organizations as advanced practice nurses. The curriculum will prepare graduates for eligibility for taking the national clinical nurse specialist certification examination.
Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred. A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered if the applicant has completed an upper division public health nursing course and meets all other prerequisites.
Requirements for Completion
A Nurse Practitioner Certificate is awarded to students who complete 31 units of post-masters course work in one of four Nurse Practitioner specialty areas. Applications from students who hold a masters degree in nursing as a nurse practitioner will be reviewed individually.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner
The Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Services Credential Program consists of 24 units of specific coursework that prepare nurses who have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing to be effective providers of health care within the school setting. Students will develop practical and theoretical expertise in the field of school nursing. This allows them to initiate, coordinate, maintain and evaluate a comprehensive health program so that children’s ability to learn in school is maximized. The Post-Baccalaureate School Nurse Services Credential Program at California State University, Long Beach was developed for nurses who seek only the credential.
Completion of 24 units of course work with a grade of “B” or better:
Required: (18 units): NRSG 535, 536 and 536L, H SC 430, EDSP 350, C D 373
Elective: 6 units from the the following: FCS 409, EDP 432, H SC 427, H SC 460, C D 432.
The Health Services (School Nurse) credential is required of registered nurses working in the California school system.
Completion of the following with a grade of "B" or better: NRSG 680C and 680L; H SC 430; CD 373.