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Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at California State University Channel Islands is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary and acute care services to diverse populations across the healthcare continuum and Nurse Educators to educate students in an academic and/or clinical setting.
The program is designed based on the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing Standards (2011) and prepares the student for continued study at the Doctoral level.

Post-Master’s Nurse Educator
The Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Program is designed to prepare nurses who have already completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with the courses required to become a Nurse Educator in either a clinical or academic setting. Students enrolled in this program will complete coursework in curriculum development and evaluation; teaching and learning strategies including the use of technology in a learning environment; and 180 hours working with nurse educator preceptors in a care setting. The program is aimed at preparing the graduate for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential exam.

Post-Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner
The Post-Master’s Nurse Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program is designed to prepare nurses who have already completed a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with the courses required to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Students enrolled in this program will complete FNP specialty coursework aimed at preparing the graduate to provide primary care health services to diverse populations. Students in this program are required to complete 540 practica hours in primary care. Graduates of the program will be eligible to sit for the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) national FNP certification exams and for California FNP licensure.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) program at CSU Channel Islands is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
*Pending accreditation for the Master's program.

CCNE Accredited

  • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

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Programs Offered

  • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN, Nurse Educator
  • Post-Master's Certificates in:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Nurse Educator

*Each of our programs have full-time and part-time options with MSN completion in 2-3 years and Certificate options in 1-2 years.

**Course are offered online in 8-week sessions with the exception of practica courses.

***Required practica hours:
FNP= 540
NE= 270

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*Notice: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advanced Health Assessment on campus one-week intensive for 2020 has been rescheduled for January 2021. Details will be provided at a later date to those admitted into the program.

University Catalog

MSN FNP Option

MSN NE Option


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Requirements for Admission

Applicants must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a university which has been regionally accredited by CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN.
*Foreign nurses will be considered for admission pending official evaluation of their transcripts.

• Minimum overall GPA of 2.5 or better and minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last sixty semester units.
• Valid RN licensure.
• Minimum of one-year relevant full-time clinical experience within the last 3 years.

Required Documentation:

  • Applicants must submit official transcripts of prior academic work
  • Current RN license
  • A minimum of two letters of recommendation dated within one-year of application (one academic and one professional)
  • Professional resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A 500-word statement explaining academic and professional goals.
    * Virtual interviews will be required.

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Application Process

Important Notice About Licensing and Credentialing (PDF, 616 KB)  

Step 1: University Applications

MSN Program (FNP and NE options only)

You must apply to CSU Channel Islands' MSN program through Cal State Apply. Applications are only accepted between March 1st through May 15th.
*For Admissions questions please contact Extended University at ext@csuci.edu

Step 2: Nursing Program Applications

(FNP and NE options only)

CSU Channel Islands is processing applications to its nursing program through NursingCAS, the centralized application service for nursing. Visit Nursing Cas to start an application or log into your existing account. Visit the Add Program page to select our nursing program and complete the steps to fill out and submit your application. If you need help with NursingCAS, visit the applicant help center or contact applicant support with questions. Applications are only accepted between March 1st through May 15th.

The Nursing Program's application will be available through NursingCAS at the link below.
NursingCAS Apply Now

*NOTE: Those interested in applying for the Post-Master's FNP Certificate option will apply between July 1-August 31, 2020 to the program, and August 1-August 31, 2020 to the University. Please read the following statement before applying:

We are currently accepting applications for the Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Program. If you are interested in applying to the program you must submit an application to the Nursing Program via NursingCAS. The application on NursingCAS is for Fall 2020 admission. If you have already completed the 3Ps (Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology or Advanced Pharmacology), you will start NP coursework in Spring 2021. You will not be required to take any classes in fall 2020. Remember, you must also apply for admission to the University using CALState Apply. The CalState Apply application period is August 1 to August 31, 2020. The CalState Apply application will be for Spring 2021 admission to CSUCI. If you have questions about the Nursing program application please contact lynette.landry@csuci.edu. If you have questions about the CalState Apply application please contact ext@csuci.edu.

The Nursing Program's application will be available through NursingCAS at the link below.
NursingCAS Apply Now

*The Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate program is a 15-unit program that takes one-calendar year to complete. We will begin accepting applications for this program in Spring 2021 for admission beginning Fall 2021. Please check back with us early in 2021 for more information about how to apply to this program.

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For general questions please email nursing@csuci.edu.

To contact our FNP Program Coordinator, Dr. McColpin, please email aaron.mccolpin@csuci.edu

Extended University: https://ext.csuci.edu/programs/graduate/ms-nursing/index.htm 

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