The school offers a program that leads to a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The purpose of the program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice in the functional role of nurse practitioner. Each graduate of the master’s in nursing program must demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in physical diagnosis, psychological assessment, and management of health-illness needs in complex client and community systems. The program provides a foundation for doctoral study in nursing.
Students select the functional role of a nurse practitioner. Any nursing class in the role specialization option area may be canceled because of insufficient enrollment.
Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care/Family
The Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care/Family Option prepares the graduate to provide primary health care to children, the elderly adult, and families. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on health assessment, health maintenance, and promotion, as well as counseling, client education, and management of selected health problems. Practice in rural settings and with clients from diversified cultural backgrounds is emphasized.
The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner/Primary/Family Care option is to prepare nurses as specialists in primary care and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of primary care services in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Policies and Procedures for M.S.N. Admission
Admission Procedures. You must complete two applications for the graduate nursing program.
- You must apply to the University by March 1 as a graduate student through www.calstate.edu/apply.
- You must also complete a School of Nursing application. Go to www.nursingcas.org and complete the application online.
- Complete and submit School of Nursing graduate program written essay.
- Have official copies of all transcripts sent to both Nursing CAS and to
Graduate Admissions Office
Joyal Administration Building
5150 N. Maple M/S JA57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026
* All applications, letters of recommendation, transcripts and other supporting documents must be received by BOTH the University and Program by March 1.
There are two pathways into the M.S.N. program for individuals with different educational backgrounds: the B.S.N. graduate and the R.N. with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.
Admission Criteria for B.S.N. Graduates
- Admission to California State University, Fresno, Division of Research and Graduate Studies
- Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
- Registered nurse license in California
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Malpractice insurance
- An introductory course in statistics
- An introductory course in research
- A physical assessment course that includes theory and practice; or validation of knowledge and skills for graduates of programs with integrated content
- Current BLS certification
Admission Criteria for Registered Nurses with a Baccalaureate Degree in a Field Other Than Nursing
This program is open only to students eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno, who have completed a nursing program in an accredited school, are registered, or eligible for registration as nurses in the state of California and who hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited university.
For admission to this program, students are required to meet the following criteria in addition to the regular criteria set for admission to the M.S.N. program:
- Submission of resume of all past educational and employment experience. Resume should emphasize experience in leadership, community health, research, and writing for publication.
- Review of resume by the graduate coordinator of the School of Nursing who establishes nursing courses the student must complete to obtain a background comparable to students graduating with a B.S.N. at California State University, Fresno.
- Satisfactory completion of the individualized program established by the coordinator before enrolling in the regular M.S.N. program.
- Admission to the Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care/Family program is not guaranteed, and all students must complete an application to the Nurse Practitioner/Primary Care/Family program.
At California State University, Fresno, the post-master’s nurse practitioner certificate is 30 units. Applicants may receive credit toward the certificates for graduate courses taken previously. Typically, the main courses that are requested for credit are the advanced theories and advanced issues courses. In order to request a course substitution, the applicant must submit a copy of the course description, objectives, and assignments for review by the graduate coordinator. At that time, the course of study will be determined with input from the student and school graduate curriculum committee. Students seeking post-master’s certificates are exempt from some coursework and have a shorter program.