The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed to enhance learners’ ability to provide more advanced theoretical and evidenced based nursing care in an ethical manner to socioeconomic and culturally diverse patient populations in various healthcare settings utilizing the latest evidence, technology and information systems. The ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, is also essential and learners will analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge during their program of study. A culminating capstone project will allow learners to integrate prior and current learning in a meaningful capstone experience. Learners may select a concentration as a nurse executive leader, nurse educator, healthcare administration.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 36
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 2 years (full-time status)
  • Max transfer credits: 6 credits

Time to degree completion can be accelerated by taking multiple courses in a term and through credits accepted in transfer.

What you’ll learn

Demonstrate the ability to utilize advanced written skills to demonstrate the ability to analyze and solve problems resulting in the improved care and better understanding when working with the patients, family and the interdisciplinary health care team.

Exhibit competence in providing appropriate oral communication skills to successfully interact with patients, families and the healthcare team in order to provide quality patient-centered care.

Apply critical thinking and reasoning skills based on theoretical and evidence-based information for clinical decision making in nursing practice, education and administration.

Recognize the importance of social, environmental and cultural diversity to develop a perspective based on the advanced analysis of diverse factors that influence personal, familial and global health care.

Analyze the nature and extent of the information required and methods to acquire and utilize such information to support research and evidence-based nursing practices when managing care across the healthcare continuum.

Integrate formal academic learning with personal experiences to promote professional growth, theoretical and evidence-based care and lifelong learning in professional nursing practice.

Demonstrate a system of inquiry that is dependent on empirical evidence to evaluate qualitative and quantitative research as a foundation for evidence-based nursing practices.

Apply ethical, legal and personal principles and accountability for actions that promotes advocacy, collaboration, and leadership as a masters prepared nurse.

Career Outcomes

Legal Nurse Consultant (LNC)

Nursing Education Consultant (NEC)

At Organizational And
State/National Levels

Nursing Informatics

A Very Fast Growing
Nursing Specialty

Nurse Researcher

Required For Evidence-Based
Practice (EBP)

Nurse Administrator

At The Organizational, State,
And National levels

Master of Science in Nursing Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 21
Elective/Concentration Courses 15

Courses + Credits

Below, you’ll find the courses comprise the requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at CalSouthern. Tailor your degree by focusing on one of three areas of concentration: Nurse Executive Leader, Healthcare Administration, or Nurse Educator.

Required Core Courses

NUR 86500 Theoretical Foundations and Current Trends in Advanced Nursing Practice — 3-credits
NUR 86502 Advanced Pathopharmacology — 3-credits
NUR 86504 Advanced Health Assessment — 3-credits
NUR 86506 Population Health and Health Promotion across Cultures — 3-credits
NUR 86508 Ethics, Policy, and Finance in the Healthcare System — 3-credits
NUR 86510 Research and Analytic Approaches to Advanced Evidence-Based Practice — 3-credits
CAP 89002A MSN Capstone Project I — 2-credits
CAP 89002B MSN Capstone Project II — 1-credit

MSN Concentration Courses

Nurse Executive Leader Concentration

  • HCA 86806 Managing Epidemiology — 3-credits
  • HCA 86810 Healthcare Informatics — 3-credits
  • MGT 86507 Strategic Management — 3-credits
  • MGT 86535 Management of Change — 3-credits
  • NUR 86520 Advanced Nursing Leadership — 3-credits
  • NUR 86525 Management of Issues in Healthcare — 3-credits
  • NUR 86530 Healthcare Policy — 3-credits
  • NUR 86535 Healthcare Finance and Financial Management — 3-credits
  • NUR 86536 Organizational Behavior in Healthcare — 3-credits

Healthcare Administration Concentration

  • HCA 86800 Healthcare Administration — 3-credits
  • HCA 86802 Healthcare Compliance, Law and Ethics — 3-credits
  • HCA 86804 Healthcare Economics — 3-credits
  • HCA 86806 Managing Epidemiology — 3-credits
  • HCA 86810 Healthcare Informatics — 3-credits
  • HCA 86812 Quality Control in Healthcare — 3-credits
  • HCA 86814 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare — 3-credits

Nurse Educator Concentration

  • HCA 86810 Healthcare Informatics — 3-credits
  • NUR 86540 Roles and Responsibilities of the Nursing Educator — 3-credits
  • NUR 86542 Innovative Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing — 3-credits
  • NUR 86544 Foundations of Nursing Education — 3-credits
  • NUR 86546 Integrating Technology into Nursing Education — 3-credits
  • NUR 86548 Curriculum Theory, Framework, & Design in Nursing Education — 3-credits
  • NUR 86550 Evaluation Strategies and Methods for Nursing Education — 3-credits
  • NUR 86570 Eating Disorders Assessment and Management — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

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– Taylor Hoffer

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