Post Master's in Nursing Certificate and Non-Certificate Programs

California licensed registered nurses who hold a master of science degree from a regionally accredited institution may complete one of the six post master's in nursing concentrations.

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California licensed registered nurses who hold a master of science degree from a regionally accredited institution may complete one of the six post master's in nursing concentrations.

33 Units

*16-33 units

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4 Semesters

*2-4 semesters

$670 +fees Cost Per Unit

*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.

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Why Earn a Post Master's in Nursing at CBU?

Learn in a program that is respected

The College of Nursing has an excellent reputation in the community as does the university. We anticipate our graduates will be actively recruited by local and state health care providers. 

Reach your goals at your convenience

This program is designed for working adults and is offered in two formats: online with in-person residencies throughout the program or on campus and in person one afternoon/evening a week. Many students work full-time as registered nurses while in school. 

Practice nursing with a holistic perspective

Consistent with CBU's faith-based mission, the post master's curriculum emphasizes a holistic perspective. Specially selected practicum opportunities 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 College of Nursing faculty who share the faith-based mission and holistic perspective for providing nursing care.

Train in state-of-the-art facilities

For additional experiential learning, students also enjoy access to CBU's state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Lab and Resource Center. 

What You'll Learn

Students graduating with a post master's in nursing will learn to:

Program Details

Certificate Programs:

  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Non-Certificate Programs:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Nursing Organizational Leadership


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NUR 581: Nursing Organizational Leadership I

Students focus on effective organizational communication, relationship management, and shared decision-making, which includes the community, interdisciplinary team, and academic partnerships, from a biblical perspective. 

NUR 589: Organizational Culture and Diversity

Students explore cultural nursing theories and worldviews that impact healthcare organizations from a biblical perspective. Methods to overcome institutional racism and improve interprofessional collaboration to transform systems and create quality outcomes will be explored.

NUR 517: Advanced Psychopharmacology

Students develop an understanding of neuroscience and pharmacotherapeutics for patients with mental health conditions. Emphasis is on establishing a foundation for decision-making necessary for initiating, monitoring, and modifying pharmacological treatment plans for mental health conditions. 

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Lisa Bursch, DNP, CPNP-PC

Professor of Nursing
Associate Dean, Division of Graduate Nursing

Office Phone: 951-343-4940
Office Location: Nursing Annex 275

Rebecca Meyer, Ph.D.

Professor of Nursing
Director, Nurse Educator Program; Director Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Office Phone: 951-343-4952
Office Location: Nursing Annex 274

Nidia Torres, DNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Director Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: 951-552-8943
Office Location: Nursing Annex 284

As you make decisions about grad school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors, staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education, training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what you love.

Application Deadline Spring Summer
Priority  November 1 March 1
Standard December 1 April 1

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Career Possibilities

Pursuing advanced education can yield favorable results in your career. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a six percent increase in employment rates for registered nurses over the coming decade, resulting in an estimated 203,200 new job openings each year.

Healthcare facilities need competent nurses in leadership roles to ensure patients receive quality care and the nursing teams are cared for and can work efficiently. Earning your post master's certificate or curriculum equips you with the essential training and professional development needed to take on advanced positions, such as a nursing director or nursing manager, and increase your earning potential. As reported by PayScale, MSN-educated nurses in these positions earn average salaries of $111,896 and $100,999, respectively.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Healthcare Systems Manager
  • Healthcare Administrator
  • Educator

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