About the Programs
The post-baccalaureate program is intended for candidates with a BSN degree. It is designed for working adults: classes meet once a week. The program integrates the latest science and technology with innovative leadership and nursing theory in order to promote excellence in the nursing profession both locally and globally. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) guides the MSN coursework in order to prepare graduates for the advanced practice role and/or future doctoral study.
The School of Nursing’s unique approach to nursing — as a means of enhancing health and quality of life as defined by each individual — is reflected in the curriculum and classroom. While emphasizing the scientific study of nursing, classes are taught with the view that nursing is a human science. Consistent with CBU’s faith-based mission, the master’s curriculum emphasizes a holistic perspective utilizing nursing theory as a guide.
CBU’s School of Nursing extends its uniquely holistic perspective into the clinical setting as well, with specially selected practicum opportunities that allow candidates the option to practice in a variety of healthcare settings, while serving individuals, families, and communities. Practicum hours are completed under the instruction and supervision of CBU’s School of Nursing faculty who share the faith-based mission and holistic perspective for providing nursing care.
For additional experiential learning, students also enjoy access to CBU’s state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Lab and Resource Center. These rooms are equipped with low fidelity and high fidelity simulation equipment, human-computer interaction programs, and advanced practice task trainers for customized learning.
PLEASE NOTE: Per our clinical affiliation agreements with local hospitals, a clear background check and drug screening will be required prior to your first clinical experience.
Entry Level MSN (EL MSN)
The Entry Level MSN program is designed for candidates who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and seek to transition professionally into the field of nursing. Those who have completed all prerequisite courses may apply directly to the EL MSN program.
Those who have not yet completed prerequisites for the EL MSN program may apply to the graduate program at CBU to complete the necessary prerequisite courses. Admission to CBU to complete prerequisite courses does not imply or guarantee later admission to the School of Nursing.
EL MSN students complete Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved pre-licensure nursing courses designed to prepare the students to take the National Council Licensure Examination, NCLEX-RN. Once licensed and employed as a Registered Nurse, the student completes post-licensure coursework to earn a Master of Science in Nursing in one of four areas of concentration.
California Licensed Registered Nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution may complete the concentration courses in Teaching-Learning and/or Healthcare Systems Management. Upon successful completion of the courses the student will be eligible to apply for credentialing from the appropriate credentialing entities.
Take the Next Step
To learn more about the MSN programs and how to apply, please attend an upcoming School of Nursing Information Session. We look forward to helping you reach your professional and educational goals.