The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) at California State University Channel Islands is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses to provide primary and acute care services to diverse populations across the healthcare continuum and Nurse Educators to educate students in an academic and/or clinical setting.

The program is designed based on the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing Standards (2011) and prepares the student for continued study at the Doctoral level. The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum incorporates the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty FNP Core Competencies so that students are prepared for national certification through either the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Nurse Educator curriculum incorporates the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator Competencies so that graduates are prepared to take the Certified Nurse Educator exam after graduation.

 This Program is Ideal For:

Individuals who want to enter or advance their degrees in the nursing profession in one of these two areas:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Highlights

The Master of Science in Nursing program is a hybrid program that has two concentrations, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator.

All students will complete core courses which prepare students to practice nursing at an advanced level with a focus on:

  • The theoretical foundations of nursing
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy, informatics, and advanced nursing roles.

All graduate students will also complete coursework in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

Family Nurse Practitioner students take specialty courses that prepare the graduate to provide primary care services to individuals across the life span.

Nurse Educator Track  

Nurse educator students complete specialty courses that prepare the graduate to assue a nurse eduator position either in an academic or clinical setting.

Post-Master's Certificates

Family Nurse Practitioner  
Students enrolled in this program will complete FNP specialty coursework aimed at preparing the graduate to provide primary care health services to diverse populations.

Nurse Educator
Students enrolled in this program will complete coursework in curriculum development and evaluation; teaching and learning strategies including the use of technology in a learning environment;


Practical, Skills-Based Education

  • Receive education in up-to-the-minute theory and real world applications.
  • Faculty members are highly experienced Nurse Educators. 

Student Convenience

  • Perfect for Busy Schedules: Course are offered online in 8-week sessions with the exception of practica courses.
  • All classes are offered online with the exception of the practica courses.


Financial aid is available.

Career Focused

Develop the skills you need to further develop your career in nursing.

Program Details

  • Family Practitioner Track:  45 units
  • Nurse Educator Track:  39 units
  • Post-Master's Certificates:  15-30 units, depending on emphasis.
  • Program Length:  Two to three years
  • Location: All classes are offered online with the exception of the practica courses.

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Program certification through CCNE is pending.
Program accreditation for the Master's program and the
Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certification is pending

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