Master of Science in Nursing

CBU's Master of Science in Nursing program (MSN) is designed to broaden student's theoretical knowledge base as a means pursuing nursing career advancement and healthcare leadership opportunities as well as preparing for future doctoral study.  Master of science in nursing students' develop, test and evaluate concepts in nursing while critically examining ideas, research, and theories in relation to health issues and clinical practice in preparation for direct and indirect care.

The mission of the CBU College of Nursing is to educate competent, responsible, caring, and professional nurses prepared from a Biblical worldview to serve locally, nationally and globally; revering the human dignity of all persons created in the image of God.


CBU College of Nursing graduate curriculum meets the accreditation standards of Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and offers students a program designed for California licensed registered nurses who hold a baccalaureate degree in Nursing or related healthcare field from a regionally accredited institution who are seeking to broaden their theoretical knowledge base to obtain a MSN as a practice generalist or a MSN in one of the optional concentration areas.


This program is designed for working California licensed Registered Nurses who hold an associates degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution who are seeking to broaden their theoretical knowledge base to prepare for an advanced practice leadership role. After completion of the core requirements students may obtain their MSN degree as a generalist or choose to continue into an optional concentration area.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

The Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration will prepare the master of science in nursing student for direct interaction with young adult, adult, and older adult patients to improve quality of life. Evidence-based strategies will be demonstrated as the student develops specialized expertise and skills to think critically and problem solve.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration will provide students an overview of contemporary family structure and functioning from a theoretical perspective. This will prepare graduates to offer primary care on the local, state, national and global level.

Healthcare Systems Management

MSN students who select Healthcare Systems Management as their concentration area examine roles in nursing administration emphasizing clinical outcomes management, care environment management and inter-professional collaboration.

Nursing Informatics

The Nursing Informatics program will explore health information technology and allow students to design, plan, and evaluate systems to improve the effectiveness of care. The program prepares students to work in the field of health care informatics.


MSN students in the Teaching-Learning concentration area analyze selected teaching and learning models that are applicable to nursing education, including course development, research and instructional strategies with didactic and practicum teaching opportunities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Science in Nursing Program at California Baptist University is to support the university's mission and build on baccalaureate nursing education for the purpose of preparing nurse leaders in the profession and discipline. Students will broaden their nursing theoretical, practice, and research knowledge within an ever-changing healthcare system.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate competent, responsible graduate and/or advanced practice nursing guided by a theoretical perspective, grounded in a biblical worldview committed to compassionate service, life-long learning, and professional development.
    2. Translate and integrate scholarship into practice, within a biblical perspective using evidence drawn from science and humanities.
    3. Implement information technology to manage data, communicate, coordinate care, improve patient outcomes, and optimize patient safety.
    4. Analyze social determinants and policies to influence population health, healthcare systems, and patient outcomes.
    5. Develop a global perspective of healthcare needs and display innovative, inter-professional leadership that improves health in local, national, and international populations.

Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing

Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing Designed for candidates who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree who are interested in transitioning into the field of nursing and/or pursuing a doctoral degree. CBU's Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing (EL MSN) offers applicants the opportunity to become a licensed RN, and then complete post-licensure coursework to earn a Master of Science in Nursing.


For more details about the CBU College of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing program, visit the "About the Programs" page.

For more information about master of science in nursing career opportunities, visit the "Career Opportunities" page.

For more information about the master of science in nursing course requirements, visit the "Course Requirements" page.

For answers to frequently asked questions about CBU's MSN program, visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" page.

For information about CBU's graduate nursing program admissions requirements, visit the "Admissions Requirements" page.

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