MSN Requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing prepares registered nurses with a Bachelor's degree for advanced nursing practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The goal of the graduate nursing program is to provide advanced practice professional education. Graduate education in nursing builds upon the undergraduate knowledge base in the natural, social, behavioral and nursing sciences. Graduates are prepared for increasing responsibilities in clinical practice, advocacy and are appreciative and responsive to the healthcare needs of underserved populations.

Degree requirements include completing a culminating experience during the final semester of study. The experience provides an opportunity for the students to synthesize the major learning outcomes of the graduate program.

MSN-FNP Admission Requirements

To qualify for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner program, you must meet the following minimum criteria:

  1. SSU admission criteria as a Classified Graduate student
  2. An active, unrestricted, California RN license with no disciplinary action pending or imposed
  3. Two years experience as an R.N. preferred. Will consider individual background experience.
  4. BSN Overall Grade Point Average of 3.0 in last 60 units of college-level coursework
  5. Completion of College level Statistics

Application Process 

There are TWO APPLICATIONS AND THREE FEES to the application process. You must complete all parts.

  1. CSU Graduate Application - (fee required)
    • Open from October 1 - January 31
  2. FNP Supplemental Application - (fee required)
    • Open from December 1 - January 31 (Due by 9:00 p.m. PST; NursingCAS is on the East Coast)

A complete Supplemental Application consists of:

  1. NursingCAS Application 
  2. Official transcripts to NursingCAS
  3. RN license - Breeze verification
  4. Essay - documents section
  5. Department of Nursing Application Fee (non-refundable): Click here to pay online or contact to discuss an alternative payment method. Payment is due by the application deadline.

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