Nursing, MSN

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

At this time, the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is the only track available in the MSN program.

Program Description

The purpose of this master’s program is to prepare nurses with advanced nursing theory and clinical experiences in the advanced practice nursing role of Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). Students are prepared to assess the health needs and health risks of all family members, apply family theories, and analyze legal, ethical, economic, leadership, and professional issues pertinent to nurse practitioners. Graduates from this program will be qualified to practice in mid-level primary care practice settings within the changing patterns of health care; assume leadership roles in multidisciplinary health groups; and practice family nursing in primary and secondary health care settings. Graduates will be prepared to apply for doctoral programs in nursing.

The content of this program includes advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology; analysis, utilization, and evaluation of theories of nursing; research methodology; role development; care of vulnerable populations; health care policy and delivery systems; leadership; and application of advanced knowledge in providing nursing care for clients representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds in both urban and rural community settings. Students complete a culminating experience (comprehensive examination) which demonstrates their competence in the conduct of scientific inquiry related to clinical problem solving. Students must complete the requirements for the Master’s degree before they can pursue FNP certification from the California State Board of Registered Nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) degree program at California State University, Bakersfield is approved by the

California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
PO Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

The MSN/FNP degree program is accredited by the

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
655 K Street NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20001

Master’s Degree Program Objectives

The program objectives are to prepare students for graduation who can:

  1. Expand knowledge and evaluate nursing theories and theories from related disciplines as a basis for advanced roles and nursing practice.
  2. Utilize nursing concepts, theories, and knowledge to support advanced practice roles and evidence-based nursing practice.
  3. Demonstrate expertise in advanced roles in nursing.
  4. Apply evidence-based research findings to advanced roles and nursing practice.
  5. Utilize the steps of scientific inquiry to evaluate and integrate research, theory, and practice.
  6. Advance practice through the development and implementation of strategies for improving nursing care and initiating changes in the health care system.
  7. Actively engage in collaborative relationships with other members of the health care team to improve health care and influence health care policies.
  8. Assume responsibility for contributing to the advancement of the nursing profession.
  9. Utilize technology to enhance the effectiveness of managing client and clinical information.
  10. Acquire a foundation for doctoral study in nursing.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Objectives

Upon graduation or entry to advanced practice, the Family Nurse Practitioner should demonstrate competence in the following:

  1. Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states for the purposes of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment of the individual, the family, aggregate groups, and the community.
  2. Demonstrate a personal, collegial, and collaborative approach which enhances the Family Nurse Practitioner’s effectiveness in patient care.
  3. Function as a licensed independent practitioner by using best available evidence to continuously improve quality of clinical practice.
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to the implementation, preservation, and evolution of the Family Nurse Practitioner role.
  5. Implement clinical reasoning and build collaborative, interdisciplinary relationships to provide optimal health care to the patient.
  6. Oversee and direct the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of health care to achieve improved health outcomes for patients, communities, and systems.
  7. Ensure quality of health care through consultation, collaboration, continuing education, certification, and evaluation (eligible for state and national certification upon completion of the program.
  8. Provide culturally competent care, deliver patient care with respect to cultural and spiritual beliefs, and make health care resources available to patients from diverse cultures.

(Adapted from the Nurse Practitioner Core Competencies. The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, April 2017)

Additional information regarding the following Department of Nursing policies is available at:

  1. Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure
  2. Physical and Mental Health Requirements
  3. Health Clearance for Newly Admitted and Continuing Graduate Nursing Students
  4. Admission Requirements
  5. Program Progression
  6. Requirements Related to Program Completion