Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for the MSN 4+1 program track to help familiarize yourself with the program. If you have additional questions, please contact us.

What is the Clinical Nurse Leader?

The Clinical Nurse Leader is an emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in collaboration with an array of leaders from the practice environment. Two AACN task forces were convened to identify (1) how to improve the quality of patient care and (2) how to best prepare nurses with the competencies needed to thrive in the current and future healthcare system.

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How much does the program cost?

While students are still working on their Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the master's level courses that are taken will be included in their standard full-time tuition rate. Once a student in the program has completed their BSN degree, any remaining master's level courses will be billed at the graduate tuition rate. More information regarding tuition rates may be found on the Student Enrollment Services website. As a result of this program, students save money by taking graduate level courses at an undergraduate rate.

Do I still have to take all of my BSN courses?

When a student starts at the JR1 level, two (2) BSN courses are substituted for graduate level courses:
NURS 321: Health Care Systems I: Nursing Leadership Within Complex Adaptive Systems is substituted by NURS 614: Healthcare Systems Leadership
NURS 322: Evidence-Based Inquiry and Informatics substituted by NURS 639: Nursing Inquiry and NURS 640: Healthcare Informatics

What happens if I start the program and then choose not to continue?

A student may start the program and then choose not continue. We strongly encourage students to consider the time and dedication that this program will require. Since this programs provides for two (2) undergraduate courses to be substituted for graduate courses, a student who does not complete the graduate courses before discontinuing the program, will have to go back and take the undergraduate courses prior to graduation.

Are there practicum hours required for the master's degree in additional to the BSN clinicals?

Yes, the MSN program requires practicum hours in most terms. These graduate practicum hours must be completed in addition to the BSN clinicals.

How are BSN and MSN clinical hours different?

The BSN clinicals are designed to provide a student with experience in various specialties and patient populations along with pre-licensure nursing skills, while the MSN practicums are focused on systems assessment/ management and implementation of quality improvement.

Is there a capstone for the MSN program?

The MSN program does not have a capstone experience; however, there is a 220 hour practicum implementing a quality improvement project in the last semester prior to the completion of your MSN degree.

What format are the MSN classes offered?

All of the MSN courses are offered online. None of the courses are offered on ground.

Is the online course content different than the on ground courses?

No, these courses have the same objectives as designed by the MSN department.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

While a student is completing the undergraduate portion of the program, all undergraduate financial aid is still available because the graduate courses count as elective credits. Once a student is in the master's only level of the program, financial aid is primarily Federal or private loans. View more information on graduate financial aid.

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School of Nursing and Health Professions

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2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA
(415) 422-6681