Entry Level Master of Science In Nursing

The Entry Level MSN program is designed for candidates who hold a non-nursing baccalaureate degree and seek to transition professionally into the field of nursing. Those who have completed all prerequisite courses may apply directly to the EL MSN program. 

Those who have not yet completed prerequisites for the EL MSN program may apply to the Graduate Pre-nursing program at CBU to complete the necessary prerequisite courses.  Admission to CBU to complete prerequisite courses does not imply or guarantee later admission to the School of Nursing.

EL MSN students complete Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved pre-licensure nursing courses designed to prepare the students to take the National Council Licensure Examination, NCLEX-RN. Once licensed as a Registered Nurse, the student completes post-licensure coursework to earn a Master of Science in Nursing in one of four areas of concentration.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate competent, responsible practice guided by a theoretical perspective of nursing and science
  • Use scholarly inquiry from Christian, Behavioral, biological, physical, and medical sciences integrated with nursing science
  • Demonstrate nursing skills necessary for high competence at the entry-level in a variety of health care settings
  • Comprehend the dynamic and evolving changes in the healthcare systems
  • Articulate and demonstrate qualities consistent with a potential for leadership and admission to graduate nursing education

Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure Course Requirements (62 Units)

NUR501 Theoretical Found/Ethcs in Nurs
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This course provides an introduction to the paradigms, theories, concepts, and values of the discipline of nursing. The course provides an overview of the BSN program mission, philosophy, goals, objectives, and conceptual framework, as well as conceptual and essential component themes of the baccalaureate program in the California Baptist University School of Nursing. This course is designed to enhance understanding of the history of the discipline, the phenomenon of interest in nursing, and the roles of the professional nurse. Professional standards of nursing practice will be highlighted. An emphasis is placed on practice with communication/collaboration activities, the nurse-person relationship and a beginning understanding of the nurse's presence and role in being with people as they live health and quality of life. (3 units)

NUR502 Fundamental Nursing Skills
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Prepares students to perform basic nursing skills based on mastery of core scientific principles. Two (2) hours/week theory; Six (6) hours/week skills lab. (4 units)

NUR512 Physical Assessment
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The course includes two (2) credit hours theory, two (2) credit hours/laboratory practicum and focuses on helping students acquire skills to conduct a comprehensive health assessment. The process of data collection, interpretation, documentation and dissemination of assessment data will be addressed. The practicum provides students with the opportunity to use interview, observation, percussion, palpation, inspection and auscultation in assessing clients across the lifespan in simulated and actual settings. Two (2) hours/week theory; Six (6) hours/week practicum. (4 units)

NUR515 Pathophysiology
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Emphasis on complementary knowledge development in life sciences, as they relate to global health. Understanding of basic pathophysiology including disease processes, prevention, clinical signs and symptoms, secondary effects and methods of treatment, will enable health professionals to collaborate and provide curative and rehabilitative services. Study of scientific principles assist in developing critical thinking and analytic methods of inquiry for nursing practice. This course builds upon the general principles of anatomy/physiology studied as a nursing prerequisite. Presentation of a pathophysiological problem through a research paper is required. The effects of psychosocial stimuli on disease will be discussed. A global approach to disease will be emphasized. Students are expected to look at vital statistics of disease and research results in a critical manner. (3 units)

NUR516 Pharmacology and Nutrition
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An introduction to the basic principles of pharmacology and nutrition with a focus on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and therapeutic implications for major drug categories as well as natural products. Emphasis also on nutritional health promotion as well as therapeutic nutrition related to selected illness states. Pre-requisites: 501, 502, 512, 515. (3 units)

NUR521 Adult Health I
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Introduction to theory-based nursing services with the young, middle and older adult. Focus is on the core knowledge acquisition and medical collaboration activities with health promotion/disease prevention, illness and disease management of common acute and chronic illnesses. Pre-requisites: NUR 501, 502, 512, 515. (4 units)

NUR521-A
Matthews, Margaret
09/06/2016 F 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM BUS 132

NUR522 Adult Health I Practicum
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Application of nursing theory-based services for young, middle, and older adults. Acute and chronic issues of health integration and themes of collaboration/communication, critical thinking, teaching-learning, change-persistence and leading-following in nursing services are emphasized. Focus is on collaborative services with health promotion/disease prevention as well as the medical management of common acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of settings. Nine (9) hours/week practicum). Pre-requisites: NUR 501, 502, 512, 515. (3 units)

NUR522-C
Bravo, Alicia K
09/06/2016 Sa 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR522-D
Matthews, Margaret
09/06/2016 M 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR522-B
Herrera, Linda
09/06/2016 M 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR522-A
Hasinsky, Robert J.
09/06/2016 Sa 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR

NUR523 Older Adult/Family Nursing
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This course focuses on the health-related issues of older adults. Major content areas include viewing the unique needs of elders from a nursing theoretical perspective. An interdisciplinary and collaborative healthcare provider approach will be given in the discussion of knowledge concerning physical, psychological, economic and social age related changes. The course will explore personal, cultural, societal attitudes toward aging for the purpose of an enhanced understanding from the elder's perspective. Pre-requisites: 501, 502, 512, 515. (2 units)

NUR523-A
Herrick, Dinah R.
09/06/2016 W 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM BUS 232
NUR523-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 W 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM BUS 232

NUR524 Older Adult/Family Nursing Prac
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This practicum course focuses on the application for nursing knowledge with elderly persons and families. Emphasis is given to the collaborative application of biological, social, behavioral disciplinary knowledge with the practice and role description of the professional nurse. Nursing services shall be provided in a variety of settings including the community, assisted living facilities, acute care facilities, rehabilitation centers, and long term care facilities. Three (3) hours/week in practicum setting). Pre-requisites: 501, 502, 512, 515.(1 unit)

NUR524-A
Deras, Wendy J.
09/06/2016 T 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM BUS OTHR
NUR524-B
Deras, Wendy J.
09/06/2016 T 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM BUS OTHR
NUR524-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR524-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM BUS OTHR

NUR526 Mental Health Nursing
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Introduction to mental health nursing services and nurse-person and nurse-group communication patterns. Focus is on interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching-learning, and change-persistence patterns with health promotion/disease prevention, as well as the management of common and acute and chronic medical diagnosis of mental health issues with individuals, families, and communities. A nursing theoretical perspective under girding nursing practice shall be emphasized. Various nursing services and treatment modalities are explored. Nursing services with special populations including the homeless and issues regarding abuse, neglect, and substance abuse are explored. Pre-requisites: NUR 531, 533, 535, 537. (3 units)

NUR526-A
Glenore-Green, Denise L.
09/06/2016 W 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM BUS 232
NUR526-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 W 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM BUS 232

NUR527 Mental Health Nursing Practicum
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Practicum learning experience of nursing services with persons who have the medical diagnosis of mental illness in both inpatient and community treatment settings. Focus is on the changing healthcare systems and collaborative health promotion/disease prevention, as well as the nurse-person, nurse-group, nurse-community patterns of relating, and management of common acute and chronic mental health problems with individuals and families. Six (6) hours/week practicum. Pre-requisites: NUR 531, 533, 535, 537. (2 units)

NUR527-A
Glenore-Green, Denise L.
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM BUS OTHR
NUR527-B
Glenore-Green, Denise L.
09/06/2016 T 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM BUS OTHR
NUR527-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM BUS OTHR
NUR527-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM BUS OTHR

NUR530 Adult Health II
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Advanced study of theory and research-based nursing services of the young, middle and older adult. Focus is on the knowledge acquisition and management of complex acute and chronic illnesses and end of life processes. Pre-requisites: NUR 526, 527. (3 units)

NUR530-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 F 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM BUS 132

NUR531 Nrsng Srvcs with Childbrng Fam
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Theoretical basis for professional nursing practice with childbearing families. Emphasis is on childbearing as a family experience, nurse-family processes, and changing health patterns with childbearing families. Nursing role, communication/ collaboration activities and teaching-learning opportunities with health promotion, risk reduction, and disease prevention will be discussed. Prerequisites: NUR 516, 521, 522, 523, 524. (3 units)

NUR531-A
Jetton, Susan Ann
09/06/2016 TR 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 232
NUR531-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM BUS 234

NUR533 Childbearing Family Practicum
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Practicum focuses on the application of nursing theory and nurse-family processes in providing nursing services and collaborative activities in preventive, supportive and restorative services to members of the childbearing family. Six (6) hours/week practicum. Prerequisites: NUR 516, 521, 522, 523, 524. (2 units)

NUR533-B
STAFF, STAFF
09/06/2016 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR533-A
Jetton, Susan Ann
09/06/2016 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR533-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 W 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR533-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 W 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR

NUR535 Nrsng Srvcs with Childrearng Fam
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The study of nursing science with childrearing families and health care issues commonly associated with children and adolescents. Nursing theory focuses on the meaning of health from the perspective of the childrearing family members. The focus will be on theoretical knowledge acquisition, teaching-learning, change-persistence, and collaboration with other healthcare professionals in health promotion/disease prevention as well as the management of common acute and chronic illnesses in children and adolescents. Emphasis is on the child in the family and the nursing services provided as the family lives with health in many diverse settings. Prerequisites: NUR 516, 521, 522, 523, 524. (3 units) hicÞ.À

NUR535-A
Dunkerley, Marion C.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM BUS 234
NUR535-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM BUS 132

NUR536 Adult Health II Practicum
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Practicum course with focus on advanced application of theory and research-based nursing services for young, middle and older adults. Focus is on collaborative interdisciplinary management of complex adult health illnesses and situations in a variety of healthcare settings. Nine (9) hours/week practicum. Pre-requisites: 526, 527. (3 units)

NUR536-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 Sa 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR536-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 Sa 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR536-C
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 Sa 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR536-D
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 M 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR

NUR537 Nurs Srvcs Childrearng Fam Prac
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Practicum application of nursing theory and research-based nursing services of children and adolescents. Focus is on changing health, teaching-learning and collaborative nursing activities with promotion/disease prevention, as well as the management of common acute and chronic illnesses in a variety of healthcare settings. Six (6 hours/week practicum). Prerequisites: NUR 516, 521, 522, 523, 524. (2 units)

NUR537-C
Urquhart, Corinne Elizabeth
09/06/2016 W 6:00 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR537-A
Dunkerley, Marion C.
09/06/2016 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR537-B
Dunkerley, Marion C.
09/06/2016 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR537-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR
NUR537-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 T 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM BUS OTHR

NUR538 Community/Public Health Nursing
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The course focuses on a theoretical understanding of nursing concepts which are utilized in nurse-community processes while providing nursing services to individuals, families, communities, and aggregates of populations. The student will explore the role of the community health /public health nurse as an interdisciplinary collaborator with other members of the healthcare team. Changing healthcare systems and policies from a global perspective will be explored. Pre-requisites: NUR 526, 527. (3 units)

NUR539 Comm/Public Health Nursng Prac
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Practicum experience in community/ public health nursing focusing on collaborative policy development, change, teaching-learning processes, the role, application of public health principles and nursing processes in the provision of nursing services with individuals/families and populations in a variety of community-based settings. Pre-requisites: NUR 526, 527. (3 units)

NUR541 Christian Leadership in Nursing
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Concepts of management, leadership and followership, change-persistence and organizational structure as frameworks for managing policy development and delivery of nursing care to groups of clients in an acute care setting. The transition from student role to professional nursing role as provider, coordinator, and designer is emphasized. Pre-requisites: NUR 530, 536, 538, 539. (3 units)

NUR543 Christian Ldrship in Nursng Prac
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Practicum hours are to equal hours 9 hours per week for the 15 weeks semester (135 hours total for the semester).This experience emphasizes the student experience of observing and assuming the role of nurse leader/manager. Implications for nursing theory-driven practice, teaching-learning processes, change-persistence, and collaboration with other healthcare providers shall be emphasized. Preceptors are selected and assigned to students by the course coordinator and/or nursing faculty. Co-requisite: NUR 541. (3 units)

NUR546 Capstone Practicum
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This practicum senior level course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a new graduate professional nurse. The course provides an opportunity for the student to further develop leadership and practice nursing skills necessary for the beginning practitioner role. It also facilitates synthesis of the nursing knowledge and skills acquired in previous program courses in the provision of nursing care to individuals, families, and aggregates. Faculty in collaboration with the nursing administrators in health care agencies identify agency nurses who will assist students to achieve course/individual objectives in the agency. A nursing clinical faculty member and the selected agency nurse, i.e., Clinical Faculty, who is matched with the student assist the student to develop a Personal Objective Plan. The Plan is a set of individualized specific measurable objectives, which guide the student's clinical learning experience while meeting course objectives. The Clinical Faculty, the student and Campus Faculty form a three person team which facilitates the implementation of the student's plan. Nine (9) hours/week practicum. Pre-requisites: NUR 530, 536, 538, 539. (3 units)

NUR549 NCLEX Review
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This NCLEX review course shall be scheduled by the School of Nursing for all graduating senior nursing students. Students must pass the course to meet graduation requirement. (1 unit)