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    “The higher education I received at CalSouthern allows me to be able to address evolving and changing needs in nursing.”

    Ron D., MSN Program, 2020

    Master of Science in Nursing

    Prepare to pursue leadership opportunities in nursing with CalSouthern’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program for working nurses. Our program is designed to cultivate creativity, professional accountability, and academic integrity in order to promote the ethical and equitable care of patients throughout all levels of healthcare. The MSN program utilizes industry-relevant evidence, technology, and information systems, and helps nurses work to develop advanced analytical and problem solving skills to improve overall patient care.

    Learners may select a concentration as a nurse executive leader, nurse educator, or healthcare administration.

    CalSouthern’s MSN program meets the California Board of Registered Nursing requirements to apply for PHN certification in California. Registered Nurses from other states, please check your home state’s specific requirements.

    Quick Facts

    * Effective for new learners enrolling June 1, 2024 and after.

    Through our flexible and collaborative programs, we enable working nurses to enhance their professionalism and critical thinking skills in order to foster a culture of trust with patients and help provide both theoretical and evidence-based care.



    We bring more than 40 years of distance learning experience. CalSouthern is a member of an intuitionally accredited system, our MSN is programmatically accredited, 100% online, offers monthly course starts, and more benefits. We strive to help you achieve your educational goals.


    At CalSouthern, the admission process is quick and simple. You are admitted with a BSN or bachelor’s degree equivalent from an appropriately accredited post-secondary institution and have completed your Registered Nurse licensure.


    The MSN Degree program consists of 36 credits (12 courses). Up to 6 graduate credits (2 courses) may be accepted in transferring from another program.


    “My mentors were educated nurse leaders who were supportive of educational advancement and available to help in any way imaginable. They demanded rigorous scholarship and gave fantastic constructive feedback. CalSouthern’s flexibility helped me throughout my program because I was able to work at my own pace and develop as a nurse and healthcare leader at an affordable cost.”

    Geraldine L, School of Nursing, 2021



    Can I transfer my credits?

    We accept most course credits awarded by other appropriately accredited institutions. Professional evaluators will review your credits and determine what may qualify for transfer1.


    When can I start?

    Immediately. At CalSouthern, new courses start every month instead of every quarter or semester. Register by this month’s deadline to start courses next month on the 1st.


    Who will support me?

    While you may study on your own, you will never be alone. You will have access to Learner Support Services with a team of diverse staff, faculty mentors, and school-specific academic teams who are available to assist you throughout your academic journey at CalSouthern.

    1Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

    California Southern University is a member of the American InterContinental University System. The System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutional accreditation provides students with a number of important benefits and opportunities.

    The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing degree programs at California Southern University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccrediation.org).

    CalSouthern cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. Not all programs are available to residents of all jurisdictions. CalSouthern does not accept applications from residents of Massachusetts, New York, and certain foreign countries.
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