San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

School of Nursing

Nursing Degree Programs

  • + Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    The Nursing Bachelor of Science (BSN) prelicensure program at SF State is a two year program which prepares students for entry level positions in professional nursing practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, community clinics, long term care, home care, and community health agencies. Graduates work as staff nurses in the following areas: maternity, pediatrics, medical-surgical nursing, gerontology, psychiatric/mental health, and public/community health nursing.

    Graduates of the program are eligible for public health nursing certification in California upon licensure as a Registered Nurse. The program also provides the basis for leadership and graduate education in nursing.

    The SF State nursing major has been impacted since fall 1992 (more qualified students apply than can be accommodated in the program).  Typically 600-700 applications are received for 60-80 spaces each academic year. First degree applicants who are not admitted are encouraged to pursue an alternate major and then re-apply as a second baccalaureate or entry level master's student. 

    Additional information about the program, including the curriculum plan and student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.  

    For admission and application deadline, please visit: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu

    Accreditation

    The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing since 1956 and was accredited by the National League for Nursing/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1961 to 2003. The school received accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003.

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  • + Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN)

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    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.

    Emphases/Specialty Areas

    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.

    Nursing Administration

    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.

    Public/Community Health

    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.

    For admission and application deadline, please visit: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu

    Accreditation

    The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing since 1956 and was accredited by the National League for Nursing/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1961 to 2003. The school received accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003.

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  • + Accelerated Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELM-A)

    Location: Campus Only

    Degree Overview:

    This program is designed for individuals who possess a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are seeking to enter the nursing profession. The two year full-time cohort-based program, which includes summer sessions, prepares students to become eligible for the national RN licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) after completion of one and a half years of study and it culminates with a nursing applied research course or a master’s thesis. Graduates will earn a BSN and MSN degree. This School of Nursing/Extended Learning program is open to both California and other U.S. residents. The cost is $675 per unit for the 97 unit program. Students register and pay for classes via the College of Extended Learning

    Emphases/Specialty Areas 

    Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

    This emphasis prepares students for CNS certification by the California Board of Registered Nursing and 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. We offer the adult, women’s health, and pediatrics specialty areas.

    Nursing Administration

    This emphasis enables students to combine the nursing perspective and principles of business to become effective and successful managers and administrators. Elective courses are taken through the SF State College of Business upon advice and approval of an academic advisor.

    Public/Community Health

    Students who complete 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 Accelerated Entry Level MSN Graduates*

    Students who complete the SF State Accelerated 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 NP certification and national board certification (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners & American Nurses Credentialing Center).  Nurse Practitioners (NPs) 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.

    For admission and application deadline, please visit: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu

    Accreditation

    The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing since 1956 and was accredited by the National League for Nursing/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1961 to 2003. The school received accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003.

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  • + Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN)

    Location: Campus and Online

    Degree Overview:

    The SF State Nursing Master of Science program is for California registered nurses who wish to pursue advanced practice nursing education.  Registered nurses without a BSN can enter the master’s program by demonstrating they have met the nursing prerequisites and have nursing content comparable to that in the SF State baccalaureate program including community/public health nursing and an undergraduate nursing research course with an emphasis on evidence based practice. All students engage in clinical practice experiences throughout the two year curriculum and complete a thesis or applied research culminating experience.  Additional information about the program, including student learning outcomes, can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.

    Emphases/Specialty Areas 

    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, and pediatrics.  The role of the CNS is defined by the needs of a select client population and clinical expertise of the nurse.

    Nursing Administration

    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.

    Public/Community Health

    Students completing this emphasis are prepared to assume nursing roles in a variety of care settings including public health, home health, and schools. This track also serves as a stepping stone for national public health certification (APHN-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration

    Through advanced education and clinical training  with a family emphasis, students who pursue this area of study are prepared for both California NP certification and national board certification (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners & American Nurses Credentialing Center). Nurse Practitioners (NPs) 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. NPs can also serve as health care researchers, interdisciplinary consultants and patient advocates.

    For admission and application deadline, please visit: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu 

    Accreditation

    The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing since 1956 and was accredited by the National League for Nursing/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1961 to 2003. The school received accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003.

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  • + Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate (FNP)

    Location: Campus and Online

    Degree Overview:

    About the FNP Certificate Program

    The Post Master’s FNP certificate program is tailored for nurses who possess a master’s or doctorate nursing degree and desire to become a nurse practitioner. It comprises 31 units and is 1.5 - 2 years in duration. Most classes meet in the evenings, however students are required to have sufficient flexibility in their schedules to complete the clinical practicum hours during regular business hours (M-F). Nurse Practitioner faculty provide advising and mentoring to assist students in balancing work, study and personal life responsibilities. In addition, small class sizes facilitate support among students in the cohort. Upon completion of this program students become eligible for California NP certification & national board certification.  Additional information about the program including student learning outcomes can be obtained in the nursing section of the SF State bulletin.

    The Post Master's FNP Certificate program is a School of Nursing program jointly administered by the SF State College of Extended Learning Special Sessions department.

    • All classes are taught by School of Nursing faculty
    • All students are assigned a School of Nursing faculty advisor
    • Tuition is $675 per unit for the 31 unit program
    • Students register and pay for classes via the College of Extended Learning

    For admission and applicaiton deadline, please visit: http://www.nursing.sfsu.edu

    Accreditation

    The undergraduate program has been accredited by the Board of Registered Nursing since 1956 and was accredited by the National League for Nursing/National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission from 1961 to 2003. The school received accreditation by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education since 2003.

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