About the Program

Program Details

In the MSN with Clinical Nurse Specialist specialties, the student learns the process of developing and sustaining evidence-based practice in illness management, advancing the practice of other nurses and nursing personnel, and developing organizational or systems modifications to support and improve nursing practice. The traditional CNS roles of expert clinical practice, consultation, clinical leadership, research, and education are shaped toward producing desirable patient outcomes as the CNS works in several spheres of influence. Students work closely with faculty and clinical preceptors to obtain the theory and practice skills essential for their functional role as clinical specialists.

Graduates are eligible to apply to the state of California for certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and may apply for a national credential through examination by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).


Consistent with the mission and purpose of the university, the School of Nursing is a Christian community of disciples, scholars, and practitioners. Its purpose is to advance the work of God in the world through nursing education, research, professional practice, community, and church service.

Health is defined and understood by the faculty as totality or completeness, whether for an individual, family, or community. That totality or completeness, within this conceptual definition, cannot be seen apart from the constitutive element of spirituality. Our conceptual approach to health highlights our distinctive role as a Christian university and provides the discipline of nursing with a distinctive domain for research and advanced nursing practice.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a term?

16 weeks

How many days per week do I attend classes?

Students generally attend class one to two days per week, depending on the number of classes in which they are enrolled.

How soon can I finish this program?

Most students complete the program in two to three years depending on how many courses are taken each term and which specialty is selected.

How are clinicals arranged?

The School of Nursing faculty and staff arrange clinical settings with some student input as needed.

What kind of clinical settings are available?

The School of Nursing identifies appropriate clinical settings based on the student’s specialty. Settings may include hospitals, primary care clinics, churches, and schools, to name a few.

How do I figure out my schedule?

Knowledgeable faculty advisors assist students with a comprehensive course planner to ensure course continuity throughout the program.

How soon can I start?

The MSN program admits students twice per year. Submit your application by March 1 for consideration for the fall term or July 1 for the spring term.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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