The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration prepares students to provide advanced level care in complex, acute, and critical settings for adult and geriatric patients. AGACNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients by ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic tests, perform procedures, coordinate care to manage acute, subacute, and complex patients, as well as those with chronic illness, and evaluate the outcomes of interventions for patients.
The clinical nurse specialist adult gerontology 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.
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.
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who focuses clinical practice on individuals, families, or populations across the life span at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Graduates are prepared to work respectfully and collaboratively with clients/consumers who are experiencing severe or chronic mental illnesses to determine biopsychosocial healthcare needs within a complex and changing environment. Theory and clinical coursework focus on assessment; differential diagnosis and disease management; intervention planning; individual, family, and group psychotherapy; health promotion; and disease prevention.
MSN students who select healthcare leadership as their concentration area examine roles in nursing administration emphasizing clinical outcomes management, care environment management, and inter-professional collaboration.
The Nurse Educator concentration will prepare students in curriculum design and development, teaching methodologies, educational needs assessment, and learner-centered theories and methods.
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.
Post-Master's 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 these concentrations:
- Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
- Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Upon successful completion of the courses in the above certificate programs the student will be eligible to apply for national certification.
- Healthcare Leadership
- Nurse Educator
- Nursing Informatics