2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing ADN-MSN, MSN


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Associate of Science Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing (ADN-MSN) Program

Cohorts are available in an online and in-person format (with residency requirements for online students).

This program is designed for California licensed Registered Nurses who hold an Associate degree in nursing and seek to obtain an MSN.  Coursework builds on Associate or entry-level nursing practice, meets the AACN Essentials (2021), and culminates in graduate-level direct care in one of the following concentration areas.

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration prepares students to provide advanced-level care to adult and geriatric patients within various acute and critical care settings. AGACNPs assess, diagnose, and treat patients by ordering and interpreting labs and diagnostic tests, perform procedures, coordinate care to manage acute, subacute, and complex illness and chronic diseases, and evaluate the outcomes of interventions. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner and will be eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program prepares students through didactic education and clinical supervision, to provide comprehensive, quality primary health care to individuals across the lifespan. With an emphasis on preventative care, graduates make significant contributions to underserved populations. 

The Nurse Educator (NE) concentration prepares students in curriculum design and development, teaching methodologies, educational needs assessment, and learner-centered theories and methods. 

The Nursing Informatics specialty prepares advanced practice nurses to serve the profession of nursing by supporting the information processing needs of patient care and management. Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science in identifying, collecting, processing, and managing data, information, and knowledge to support nursing practice, administration, education, and research. Graduates of this specialty are known as informatics nurse specialists, recognizing that the person is both a nurse and an informaticist. The informatics nurse specialist is one of the specialties recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with certification via computer-based testing. CBU CON informatics curriculum ensures that the content and concepts taught include current and emerging health care information technology trends with an emphasis on data science and evidence-based care.

The Nursing Organizational Leadership (NOL) concentration will prepare students to examine roles in nursing administration emphasizing clinical outcomes management, care environment management, and inter-professional collaboration. After successful completion of coursework, required clinical hours, and any other criteria deemed necessary students can apply for certification. The program is aligned with the Nurse Manager/Leader competencies established by the Association of Nurse Leaders (AONL).

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who focuses clinical practice on individuals, families, or populations across the life span at risk for developing and/or having a diagnosis of psychiatric disorders or mental health problems. Graduates are prepared to work respectfully and collaboratively with clients/consumers who are experiencing severe or chronic mental illnesses to determine biopsychosocial healthcare needs within a complex and changing environment. Theory and clinical coursework focus on assessment, differential diagnosis and disease management, intervention planning, individual, family, and group psychotherapy, health promotion, and disease prevention.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for certification as a nurse practitioner and will be eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Additional Admissions Requirements


  • Admission standards for graduate studies at California Baptist University can be found in the admissions section of the University Catalog. In addition, each candidate must meet the following requirements for this program:Additional Grade Point Average
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA for admission
  • An Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the evaluated equivalency
  • Professional resume that includes current practice with a minimum of one (1) year of work experience as RN for APRN concentrations (Nurse Practitioner).
  • Complete a successful interview with the College of Nursing for the Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator concentration
  • An active, unencumbered California Registered Nursing (RN) License
  • Required clearances:
    • CPR Certification
    • Background Check Clearance
    • Health Clearance
    • Drug Testing
    • Proof of Health Insurance
    • Proof of Motor Vehicle Insurance
  • Students are expected to work as a registered nurse during the program to gain clinical experience

Program Requirements (53-76 units)


This program is designed for California licensed Registered Nurses who hold an Associate degree in nursing from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation who are seeking to broaden their theoretical knowledge base to obtain a MSN in one of the required concentration areas: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP); Nursing Informatics (NI); Nurse Educator (NE); Nursing Organizational Leadership; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). All required concentration areas have supervised experiences that are sufficient to demonstrate mastery of the AACN Master’s Essentials (2011).

Students are required to continue working as an RN while enrolled in the MSN program.

Note


*Students in Nursing Informatics and Nursing Organizational Leadership concentrations must take NUR 520 . Students in Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator concentrations must take NUR 555 , 558 , and 560 .

Concentration Courses (16-33 units)


Students must complete all requirements in one of the following concentrations: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Educator; Nursing Informatics; Nursing Organizational Leadership; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner

Nursing Informatics (17 units)


The Nursing Informatics specialty prepares advanced practice nurses to serve the profession of nursing by supporting the information processing needs of patient care and management. Nursing informatics integrates nursing science, computer science, and information science in identifying, collecting, processing, and managing data, information, and knowledge to support nursing practice, administration, education, and research. Graduates of this specialty are known as informatics nurse specialists, recognizing that the person is both a nurse and an informaticist. The informatics nurse specialist is one of the specialties recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with certification via computer-based testing. CBU CON informatics curriculum ensures that the content and concepts taught include current and emerging trends in health care information technology with an emphasis on data science and evidence-based care.

Nursing Organizational Leadership (17 units)


Nursing Orgranizational Leadership (NOL) concentration will prepare students to examine roles in nursing administration emphasizing clinical outcomes management, care environment management, and inter-professional collaboration. After successful completion of coursework, required clinical hours, and any other criteria deemed necessary students can apply for certification. The program is aligned with the Nurse Manager/Leader competencies established by the Association of Nurse Leaders (AONL).

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