The six semester ELMSN program prepares students for the national licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse. Students are eligible for the NCLEX-RN upon completion of four semesters and the program culminates with an applied research course or a master’s thesis. Graduates will earn a BSN and MSN degree. Additional information about the program, including student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
This emphasis offers students in both the Entry Level MSN and the regular MSN programs the opportunity to take courses for certification by the California State Board of Registered Nursing and/or the American Nurse Credentialing Center. The CNS is an advanced practice nurse holding a master’s degree with an emphasis in a specific area of clinical nursing such as adult, women’s health, pediatrics, and community/public health. Students will need to select an emphasis at the time of application. The role of the CNS is defined by the needs of a select client population and clinical expertise of the nurse.
This emphasis enables students in both the Entry Level MSN and the regular MSN programs to combine the nursing perspective and principles of business to become effective and successful managers and administrators. Elective courses can be taken through the College of Business with the advice and approval of an academic advisor.
Students completing this emphasis are prepared to assume nursing roles in a variety of care settings including public health, home health, and schools. Upon passing the NCLEX-RN students become eligible for Public Health Nurse certification in California.
One Year FNP Certificate Option for Entry Level MSN Graduates*
Students who complete the SF State Entry Level MSN program become eligible to pursue the FNP Certificate option after attaining 1 year RN clinical experience. The One Year FNP Certificate option is offered jointly by the School of Nursing and College of Extended Learning. It comprises five additional courses which prepare students for both California and national board certification (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners & American Nurses Credentialing Center). Nurse Practitioners are licensed to practice autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals to assess, diagnose, treat, and manage the health needs of patients of all ages.
*This option is available by application after one year RN experience and within five years of graduation from our Entry Level MSN programs at a rate of $675 per unit. The One Year FNP Options is not available to Nursing Administration students.
The following requirements must be met to be eligible to apply:
Must be a California resident or be eligible for in-state tuition
Minimum Grade Point Average
GPA of 3.0 or above in the last 60 semester units earned
- GRE Analytical Writing Score of 4 or above by the time of application
- Health related work or volunteer experience
- Completed prerequisite coursework with a C or higher by the time of application:
General Microbiology w/ Laboratory
Human Anatomy w/ Laboratory
Human Physiology w/Laboratory
*Survey of Chemistry w/Laboratory
*This is an integrated course in which topics in general, organic and biochemistry are covered. Courses in general, inorganic, or organic chemistry are also acceptable effective Fall 2014.
Please consult Assist to determine comparable or articulated coursework taken at California community colleges or CSUs. If the course in question was taken at a UC, a private university, or outside of California please contact the School of Nursing.
Courses required for RN licensure in California
While not required for admission, prospective students should be aware that the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) requires students to have completed a minimum of 16 semester units comprising natural sciences, behavioral, and social sciences. To complement the anatomy, physiology, and microbiology prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students complete a General Psychology or Developmental Psychology course prior to taking NURS 328 Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Theory and Practicum and any additional behavioral or social science course, as needed to fulfill the BRN's requirement.
Prospective students must submit the university application via Cal State Apply and School of Nursing supplemental application by the following deadlines:
Cal State Apply Application Period
October 1 - February 1
We strongly recommend that prospective students complete the Cal State Apply application as early as possible during the application period to allow time for an SF State ID number to be issued and all required university documentation, including a set of official transcripts, residency status information, etc., to be submitted, received and processed.
School of Nursing Undergraduate Supplemental Application Period
October 15 - February 1, 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time
We recommend beginning the process early in the application period as late applications will not be accepted. Further supplemental application guidance and instructions are available during the application period on the Program Materials section of NursingCAS.
Step One: Submit Application to San Francisco State University via Cal State Apply
- The Cal State Apply application requests an essay and references. These Cal State Apply sections can be omitted as references and an essay must be submitted via the School of Nursing supplemental application.
- It is recommended that applicants complete the Cal State Apply application early in the application period. The Division of Graduate Studies will assign applicants an SF State ID# and it must subsequently be included on the School of Nursing supplemental application.
For details information on admission and transcript submission to San Francisco State University, please go to Division of Graduate Studies.
Step Two: Submit School of Nursing Supplemental Application
The following materials or requirements must be submitted through NursingCAS by the supplemental application deadline:
- A goal statement
- A set of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended. Request in January 2016 if prerequisite courses were taken during Fall 2015.
- Three references (letter and reference form); At least one of these must address health-related work or volunteer experience.
- Official GRE scores from ETS. Use the SF State School of Nursing CAS Designated Institution (DI) Code: 7829