School of Nursing
Graduate Nursing Program
The School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree in Nursing. The purpose of the program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice in the functional role of nurse practitioner primary care - family. Each graduate of the master's in nursing program must demonstrate advanced knowledge and skill in physical diagnosis, psychological assessment, and management of health-illness needs in complex client and community systems. The program provides a foundation for doctoral study in nursing. For specific program information please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.
About The Program
The goals and curriculum are organized around the national Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) core competencies for nurse practitioners and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials.
Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings (Essential I)
Demonstrate Leadership skills that emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective. (Essential II)
Demonstrate knowledge of the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related
to quality. (Essential III)
Apply research to outcomes within the practice setting. (Essential IV)
Use patient-care and communication technologies to deliver enhance, integrate, and coordinate care. (Essential V)
Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and health care. (Essential VI)
Communicate, collaborate and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care. (Essential VII)
Apply and Integrate broad, organizational, client centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates. (Essential VIII)
Demonstrate understanding of nursing and relevant sciences and integrate this knowledge into practice (Essential IX)
Students select a functional role of nurse practitioner primary care - family. Any nursing class in the role specialization options area may be canceled because of insufficient enrollment.
The Nurse Practitioner Primary Care-Family Option prepares the graduate to provide primary health care to children, adults, the elderly, and families. Classroom and clinical experiences focus on health assessment, health maintenance, and promotion, as well as counseling, client education, and management of selected health problems. Practice in rural settings and with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds is emphasized. Preceptor selection for clinical placement in the nurse practitioner program is the responsibility of the School of Nursing. The School of Nursing will gather pertinent information to assist in preceptor identification during the first semester of the program. All preceptors must meet standards for educational and clinical experience as established by the California Board of Registered Nursing and appropriate accrediting bodies.
The purpose of the Nurse Practitioner Primary Care-Family Option is to prepare nurses as providers of primary care and to improve the availability, accessibility, and quality of health care services in the Central San Joaquin Valley.
Evaluation of Prior Education or Experience in Primary Care
Students who are eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno may have prior educational preparation evaluated for waiver or substitution of required courses. In the case of a student requesting a waiver of graduate coursework, an evaluation of prior educational experience will be performed on an individual basis. Professional experience in primary care may also be evaluated on an individual basis for placement in the clinical courses and development of a curriculum to meet program requirements.
Components of this evaluation include, but are not limited to, a personal interview and review of transcripts, course material, and personal records. Based on this evaluation, an individualized plan for placement and progression in the graduate program will be developed, including the incorporation of alternate assignments.
Master of Science Degree Requirements
Core courses in nursing (16 units)
NURS 210, 211, 212, 221, 223, 225
Role Specialization (21 units)
Nurse Practitioner Primary Care - Family
NURS 215, 264, 265, 266, 267, 277, 278
Thesis (NURS 299) or Project (NURS 298) (3 units)
Minimum Total (40 units)
Masters of Science in Nursing Program Application and Deadlines
There are two pathways into the M.S.N. program for individuals with different educational backgrounds: the B.S.N. graduate and the R.N. with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.
Admission to California State University, Fresno, Division of Graduate Studies
Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLN/CCNE accredited program
Registered nurse license in California (may be waived for nurses licensed in another country)
Cumulative GPA of 3.0
An introductory course in statistics
An introductory course in research
A physical assessment course that includes theory and practice; or validation of knowledge and skills for graduates of programs with integrated content
Current CPR certification
This program is open only to students eligible for admission to graduate standing at California State University, Fresno, who have completed a nursing program in an accredited school, are licensed, or eligible for licensure, as nurses in the state of California and who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited university.
For admission to this program, students are required to meet the following criteria in addition to the regular criteria set for admission to the M.S.N. program:
Submission of resume of all past educational and employment experience. Resume should
emphasize experience in leadership, community health, research, and writing for publication.
Review of resume by the graduate coordinator of the School of Nursing who establishes nursing courses the student must complete to obtain a background comparable to students graduating with a B.S.N. at California State University, Fresno.
Satisfactory completion of the individualized program established by the coordinator before enrolling in the regular M.S.N. program.
Admission to the Nurse Practitioner Program is not guaranteed, and all students must make application to the Nurse Practitioner Program.
The number of units for the Post Master’s Certificate can vary based on prior coursework. However, the minimum number of units is 30, based on California Board of Registered Nursing requirements. Applicants may receive course credit toward a certificate for graduate courses taken previously by submitting a copy of course descriptions, objectives, and assignments for review by the graduate coordinator. At that time, a course of study will be determined with input from the student, the graduate coordinator, and department graduate curriculum committee.
Kammi Sayaseng, DNP, RN
Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Professor
McLane Hall 288