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Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Specialty Areas: Family, Pediatric Primary Care, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Women's Health, and Psychiatric-Mental Health

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered;

2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California;

3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;

4. A college level course in statistics;

5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice, must have been taken within last five years;

6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology;

7. An upper division community health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;

8. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program.

9. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Analytical Writing Section only at a score 4.0 to be completed prior to the application. Results to be sent to the School of Nursing (SON) at CSULB, and a copy attached with the SON application. The GRE must have been completed within 5 years of the SON application.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;

2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

4. Approval of the school graduate director and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 38-44 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Core Courses

For all Nurse Practitioner specialties, take the following courses:

  • NRSG 510 Advanced Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and completion of upper division pathophysiology course, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 520 Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 540 Health Care Economics, Policy, and Management for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 550 Human Diversity and Psychosocial Issues in Health Care for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 560 Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 596 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • For Family, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Women's Health, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialties, take the following additional core courses:
  • NRSG 530 Advanced Physical Assessment for Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and completion of basic physical assessment course, or consent of instructor. Corequisite: NRSG 530L.
  • NRSG 530L Advanced Physical Assessment Laboratory for Advanced Practice Nurses (1)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate program or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 530.

For Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner specialty only, take the following additional core courses:

  • NRSG 535 Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment and Health Promotion (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Pediatric Primary Care nurse practitioner program or school nurse credential program or consent of the instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 535L.
  • NRSG 535L Advanced Pediatric Physical Assessment Laboratory (1)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the Pediatric Primary Care nurse practitioner program or school nurse credential program or consent of the instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 535.

Specialty Courses

Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Family Nurse Practitioner Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 620 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596 and clinical pre-test, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 620A, NRSG 620B.
  • NRSG 621 Family Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 620, NRSG 620A, NRSG 620B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 621A, NRSG 621B.

Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 620A Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596 and clinical pre-test, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 620, NRSG 620B.
  • NRSG 620B Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 620, NRSG 620A.
  • NRSG 621A Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 620, NRSG 620A, NRSG 620B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 621, NRSG 621B.
  • NRSG 621B Family Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 620, NRSG 620A, NRSG 620B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 621, NRSG 621A.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 650 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 535, NRSG 535L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, and NRSG 596. Corequisites: NRSG 650A and NRSG 650B.
  • NRSG 651 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 650, NRSG 650A, NRSG 650B. Corequisites: NRSG 651A and NRSG 651B.
  • NRSG 652 Pediatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 651, NRSG 651A, NRSG 651B. Corequisites: NRSG 652A.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 650A Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 535, NRSG 535L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, and NRSG 596 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 650 and NRSG 650B.
  • NRSG 650B Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 535, NRSG 535L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, and NRSG 596 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 650 and NRSG 650A.
  • NRSG 651A Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 650, NRSG 650A, and NRSG 650B. Corequisites: NRSG 651 and NRSG 651B.
  • NRSG 651B Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 650, NRSG 650A, and NRSG 650B. Corequisites: NRSG 651 and NRSG 651A.
  • NRSG 652A Pediatric Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing V (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 651, NRSG 651A, NRSG 651B. Corequisites: NRSG 652.

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 630 Adult-Geriatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596 and clinical pre-test, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 630A, NRSG 630B.
  • NRSG 631 Adult-Geriatric Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 630, NRSG 630A, NRSG 630B, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 631A, NRSG 631B.

Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 630A Adult-Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596 and clinical pre-test, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 630, NRSG 630B.
  • NRSG 630B Adult-Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596 and clinical pre-test, or consent of instructor.
    Corequisites: NRSG 630, NRSG 630A.
  • NRSG 631A Adult-Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 630, NRSG 630A, NRSG 630B, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 631, NRSG 631B.
  • NRSG 631B Adult-Geriatric Clinical Studies in Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 630, NRSG 630A, NRSG 630B, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 631, NRSG 631A.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 640 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 640A, 640B.
  • NRSG 641 Psychiatric-Mental Health Theory Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 640, NRSG 640A, NRSG 640B, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 641A, NRSG 641B.

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 640A Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 640, NRSG 640B.
  • NRSG 640B Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or departmental consent required.
    Corequisites: NRSG 640, NRSG 640A.
  • NRSG 641A Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 640, NRSG 640A, NRSG 640B, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 641, NRSG 641B.
  • NRSG 641B Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Studies Across the Life Span for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 640, NRSG 640A, NRSG 640B, or departmental consent required. Corequisites: NRSG 641, NRSG 641A.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 610 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 610A, NRSG 610B.
  • NRSG 611 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program. and NRSG 610, NRSG 610A, NRSG 610B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 611A, NRSG 611B.
  • NRSG 612 Women's Health Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 611, NRSG 611A, NRSG 611B. Corequisite: NRSG 612A.

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 610A Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing I (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program in the women's health nurse practitioner specialty and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 610, NRSG 610B.
  • NRSG 610B Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing II (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program in the women's health nurse practitioner specialty and NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530, NRSG 530L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560 and NRSG 596, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 610, NRSG 610A.
  • NRSG 611A Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing III (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and NRSG 610, NRSG 610A, NRSG 610B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 611, NRSG 611B.
  • NRSG 611B Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing IV (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and NRSG 610, NRSG 610A, NRSG 610B, or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 611, NRSG 611A.
  • NRSG 612A. Women's Health Clinical Studies for Advanced Practice Nursing V (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, NRSG 611, NRSG 611A, and NRSG 611B. Corequisite: NRSG 612.

For all Nurse Practitioner specialties:

Take one of the following culminating courses:

  • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596 and consent of school graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 695 Professional Literature (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 510, NRSG 520, NRSG 530 or NRSG 535, NRSG 530L or NRSG 535L, NRSG 540, NRSG 550, NRSG 560, NRSG 596, theory and clinical course series for one of the Nurse Practitioner or CNS specialties, and advancement to candidacy, or consent of instructor and graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596, consent of school graduate advisor.

Nursing Administration Concentration

Prerequisites

1. A bachelor's degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor's degree in a related field will be considered;

2. Current license to practice as a registered nurse in California;

3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;

4. A college level course in statistics;

5. An upper division public health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;

6. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program.

7. Completion of the following course (or equivalent): ACCT 201.

8. Completion of one of the following courses (or equivalent): ECON 101, ECON 300.

9. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Analytical Writing Section only at a score 4.0 to be completed prior to the application. Results to be sent to the School of Nursing (SON) at CSULB, and a copy attached with the SON application. The GRE must have been completed within 5 years of the SON application.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;

2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;

3. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);

4. Approval of the school graduate director and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements

1. Completion of a minimum of 38 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;

2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Core Courses

For Nursing Administration Concentration, take the following courses:

  • NRSG 559 Nursing Administration (3)
    Prerequisites: None.
  • NRSG 560 Foundations of Theoretical and Professional Roles in Advanced Practice Nursing (2)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program, or consent of instructor.
  • NRSG 596 Research for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to the graduate nursing program and upper division statistics, or consent of instructor.
  • HCA 510 Human Resources Mngt in Health Care (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502
  • HCA 524 Advanced Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Administration (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: HCA 502.

Nursing Administration Theory Courses:

  • NRSG 676 Administrative Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 559, HCA 510, HCA 515 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 676L.
  • NRSG 677 Admin Theories for Nursing Practice II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 676, NRSG 676L, HCA 502, HCA 505 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 677L.
  • NRSG 678 Administrative Theories for Advanced Nursing Practice III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 677, NRSG 677L, HCA 537, or the consent of the instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 678L.

Nursing Administration Clinical Courses:

  • NRSG 676L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice I (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 559, HCA 510, HCA 515 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 676.
  • NRSG 677L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice II (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 676, NRSG 676L, HCA 502, HCA 505 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 677, HCA 537.
  • NRSG 678L Administrative Clinical Studies for Advanced Nursing Practice III (3)
    Prerequisites: NRSG 677, NRSG 677L, HCA 537 or consent of instructor. Corequisites: NRSG 678.

Completion of one of the following electives or other course with consent of Graduate Director:

  • HCA 502, HCA 505, HCA 515, HCA 517, HCA 530, HCA 535

Take one of the following culminating courses:

  • NRSG 692 Nursing Directed Project (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596 and consent of school graduate advisor.
  • NRSG 698 Thesis (1-3)
    Prerequisites: Admission to graduate nursing program, advancement to candidacy, NRSG 596, consent of school graduate advisor.

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