ADN to MSN Programs in California

Several schools in California have MSN programs with an ADN entry option. Most programs allow students to select a Master of Science in Nursing concentration such as nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or clinical nurse specialist (CNS).

California Baptist University

California Baptist University has an ADN to MSN program for registered nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing. The program is part-time and on-campus, with courses offered one night each week, and can be completed in 8 to 10 semesters. Students will complete between 46 and 70 credit hours, depending on prerequisites and concentration, and can choose one of five MSN concentrations including Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Informatics.

California State University - Stanislaus

Registered nurses who have an ADN and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field can earn a Master of Science in Nursing through the BRIDGE program at California State University - Stanislaus. Students are required to complete four bridge courses of undergraduate work before moving onto the graduate component. Students can choose an MSN concentration of Education (36 credit hours), Administration (36 credit hours) or Gerontological Nursing (37 credit hours).

Holy Names University

Holy Names University has an MSN program for registered nurses with an ADN that consists of online and on-site courses and takes around two years to complete. The program consists of 5 undergraduate bridge courses (15 credits) and enables students to choose a concentration in Care Transition Management (36 credit hours), Nursing Administration/Management (36 credit hours), Nursing Education (34 credit hours), or Nursing Informatics (32 credit hours).

National University

Registered nurses with an ADN can earn a Master of Science in Nursing through the RN-MSN pathway. RNs with at least one year of qualifying work experience will complete one bridge course (4 credit hours), while RNs without qualifying experience will be required to complete six bridge courses (17 credit hours). After completion of bridge courses, students will complete at least 33 credit hours of graduate work and can choose one of four concentrations.

Point Loma Nazarene University

The ADN to MSN program at Point Loma Nazarene University enables nurses with an ADN and one year of experience to enter the MSN program after completing three bridge courses. The program takes around 2.5 years (49 to 50 credit hours) and allows students to earn a non-specialized MSN or choose one of five specializations within their program.

San Jose State University

San Jose State University offers entry to their Master of Science in Nursing program to registered nurses who have an ADN and a non-nursing bachelor's degree. Students will complete undergraduate bridge courses in research and community health prior to beginning the MSN courses. San Jose State offers a Family Nurse Practitioner concentration (42 credit hours) and a Nurse Educator concentration (36 credit hours).

Western University of Health Sciences

Western University of Health Sciences has an ADN to MSN program that is available to registered nurses who have an associate's degree in nursing. Students can pursue the Health Systems Leadership (HSL), Administrative Nurse Leader track (49 credit hours), HSL Clinical Nurse Leader track (56 credit hours), or the Ambulatory Care Nursing tack (50 credit hours). All program tracks are available in full-time and part-time options and take two to three years.

School Name Programs Offered Average Graduate Tuition (2018-2019)*
California Baptist University ADN to MSN
*Adult Gerontology CNS
*Family Nurse Practitioner
*Nursing Informatics
*Healthcare Systems Management
*Teaching-Learning Nursing
$13,420
California State University - Stanislaus MSN BRIDGE
*Gerontological Nursing
*Nursing Administration
*Nursing Education
$7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
Holy Names University ADN (RN) to MSN
*Care Transition Management
*Nursing Administration/Management
*Nursing Education
*Nursing Informatics
$18,054
National University RN-MSN Pathway
*Family Nurse Practitioner
*Nursing Administration
*Nursing Informatics
*Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
$15,480
Point Loma Nazarene University ADN to MSN
*Business
*Education
*General MSN
*Adult/Gerontology CNS
*Family/Individual Health CNS
*Pediatrics CNS
$11,520
San Jose State University MSN
*Family Nurse Practitioner
*Nurse Educator
$7,176 in-state, $16,680 out-of-state
Western University of Health Sciences ADN to MSN
*Abulatory Care Nursing
*HSL - Clinical Nurse Leader
*HSL - Administrative Nurse Leader
$22,489

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Admittance Requirements for ADN to MSN Programs in California

ADN to MSN programs in California require applicants to have a valid RN license and at least an associate's degree in nursing. Some programs may also require students to have previous licensed nursing experience and a specific GPA on their previous nursing coursework. In addition, programs may require students to have up-to-date vaccinations for clinical practice program components. Other requirements may include completed prerequisites (such as mathematics courses), references, and an essay.

Registered nurses with an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) can directly pursue a Master of Science in Nursing through several programs in California in as few as two years. Many programs enable students to select a concentration within their program to provide a more focused preparation for careers in practice, education, and administration.

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