California Master's Degree in Nursing

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California MSN Programs

There are many fantastic MSN programs in California, and those programs are made to teach students how to work in special fields of nursing. These sectors may include management, research, education, and much more. In 18 to 24 months, an individual can get an MSN degree and be on his or her way to a new and rewarding career.

Before starting an MSN program in California, an individual must have a bachelor's degree. A BSN degree gives an individual the knowledge base that is needed for an MSN, and MSN classes expand on those concepts. For those who want land one of the highest paying jobs in the industry, an MSN degree may be the correct path.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

Nurses in California who want to go back to school for their MSN degrees have to decide whether they want to learn in a traditional classroom setting or in an online environment. Some students feel that they learn better in a traditional classroom environment where they can ask questions during class and interact with other students.

One tradition MSN program should consider offered by West Coast University in North Hollywood, California. West Coast University offers 5 specializations that a student can pursue: Generalist, Nurse Educator, Clinical Nurse Leader, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Strategic Innovation Management.

The other option for students in California who want to get an MSN degree is for them to enroll in an online MSN program. Online education is great for students who currently work full-time or who do not live near any schools offering traditional MSN programs.

The number of credits a student has to take in order to earn an MSN degree is determined which school and specialization he or she has chosen. For example, at Kaplan University, a student must complete anywhere from 65-100 credits to complete the MSN program. At Chamberlain College of Nursing, a student must complete 36 credit hours to get an MSN degree.

Admission Requirements

Every school has different admission requirements, but the requirements between schools are often similar. To be admitted to West Coast University, for example, an individual must:


Schools with MSN Programs Accepting Students in California

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Other Schools with MSN Programs in California

Azusa Pacific University
901 E. Alosta Ave
Azusa, CA 91702
California State University
400 West 1st Street
Chico, CA 95929
California State University
5241 N. Maple Ave.
Fresno, CA 93740
University of California - Irvine
Campus Dr. and West Peltason Dr.
Irvine, CA 92697
California State University
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840
California State University
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing
3100 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94609
Western University of Health Sciences
309 E Second St.
Pomona, CA 91766
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Ave.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
California State University
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
California State University
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
University of California - San Francisco
55 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

California MSN Degree Prerequisites

California nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the California Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in California, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in California and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of California RN to MSN programs

Those holding California RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

California MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In California, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the California Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of California grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In California, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of California.

California MSN Degree Resources

Here are a few examples of MSN degree programs in California.

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