The Advanced Practice Nursing concentration offers two tracks with several specializations within the Advanced Practice Nursing Concentration.
Please note: The administration of some of the concentrations for the Master of Science in Nursing program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates. In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program's start date. Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed. We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist track prepares the student for advanced practice nursing through courses in advanced assessment, advanced pathophysiology/pharmacology and advanced practice management of the chronically ill in acute care and community settings. Students in the Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration may specialize in Adult Health/Gerontology, Pediatrics or Public Health. Students will complete 500 hours of advanced field study and will be eligible to sit for the National certification exam in Adult-Gerontology, Pediatrics or Advanced Public Health upon completion of the MSN program. In addition, students will be eligible to apply for California CNS certification.
Transitions of Care Management Track
Transitions of Care is an emerging field within the healthcare industry that directly benefits patients as they transition from one level of care to another and improves healthcare efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Get in on the ground floor of this rapidly expanding field in healthcare with the only program of its kind in Southern California, offered by California State University San Marcos. This program includes a specialty emphasis in Transitions of Care Management within the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) track of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and a Post-MSN Certificate in Transitions of Care Management for CNS students.
The program provides relevant, advanced nurse training that reduces healthcare costs and improves quality and timeliness of care, prepares nurses for employment in value-based, accountable care organizations, trains nurses to work collaboratively with other professions and demonstrate the clinical skills important to caring for patients with multiple chronic conditions.
*Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty not currently admitting students.
The Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice nurse working with populations across the lifespan. Based on knowledge gained as a licensed Registered Nurse, the Nurse Practitioner uses an advanced level of study to go beyond the scope of practice of the RN role with a highly developed skill set with complex acute and chronic illnesses. Integrating both nursing and medical models the Nurse Practitioner offers access to health care in a wide variety of settings including in-patient and ambulatory sites.
The Family Nurse Practitioner is an advanced practice registered nurse who delivers health care to individuals of all ages and their families throughout the lifespan. Family Nurse Practitioners serve as primary health care providers in a variety of settings. The Family Nurse Practitioner operates in independent and collaborative practices in caring for patients and their families in the community. This includes skills in health assessment, diagnosis, health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Upon completion of course work, students will be eligible to sit for the ANCC credentialing exam. After passing the ANCC credentialing exam, students will then be eligible for California NP certification.
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is an advance 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. The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is a specialist who provides primary mental health care to patients seeking mental health services in a wide range of settings. This includes the assessment, diagnosis and management of mental health problems and psychiatric disorders. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the ANCC credentialing exam. After passing the ANCC credentialing exam, students will then be eligible for California NP certification.
The Nursing Education concentration offers the student courses in the theories of adult learning, curriculum design and development, and classroom and online teaching strategies. This prepares the student to acquire educator roles within academic and service areas.
The Clinical Nurse Leader concentration prepares the student to be a leader, manager, and educator at the unit level. The Clinical Nurse Leader role is learned through courses in health systems leadership, quality improvement, evaluation and accreditation in nursing organizations, financial resource management, and management of patients in the acute care setting. Students will be eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification exam from AACN.