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About CSU Channel Islands MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing program is a hybrid program that has two concentrations, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator. There are two one-week on campus intensive courses in the summer. All students attend the first on campus intensive before the beginning for their full semester of course work. Only Family Nurse Practitioner students take the second on campus intensive. All students in the MSN program students complete core courses that prepare the student to practice nursing at an advanced level with a focus on the theoretical foundations of nursing, evidence-based practice, policy development, advocacy, informatics, and advanced nursing roles. All graduate students will also compete coursework in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment. Family Nurse Practitioner students take specialty courses that prepare the graduate to provide primary care services to individuals across the life span. Nurse Educator students complete specialty courses that prepare the graduate to assume a nurse educator position either in an academic or clinical setting.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN program the student will:

  1. Work as a member of a collaborative team, organize and deliver nursing care to individuals, families, groups, or populations to promote health and prevent disease using knowledge from the sciences, humanities, and nursing.
  2. Defend the use of a specific organizational or systems framework to address the complex economic, policy, environmental, and social forces affecting the healthcare or educational systems.
  3. Apply effective communication strategies using written, oral, and electronic methods in a variety of settings with individuals, families, groups, and/or populations
  4. Design a clinical or educational intervention to improve outcomes using a leadership model and considering the tenets of ethical decision-making.
  5. Utilize evidence-based practice and quality improvement principles in designing, managing, and evaluating nursing interventions and programs.
  6. Operationalize cultural competency and advocacy knowledge, skills and attitudes when working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.


The Master’s program and Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner certification degree programs at CSU Channel Islands are accredited by the CCNE:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

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