May 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Life Span) Specialty, M.S.N.

Master of Science in Nursing

This degree is available to qualified students who desire advanced studies. The program is approved by the Board of Registered Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC, 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791).

A Master of Science (MS) degree in Nursing is offered for the following specialties: Nurse Practitioner (Adult-Gerontology Acute Care, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Family, Pediatric Primary Care, Psychiatric-Mental Health, and Women’s Health), and Nursing and Health Systems Executive Management.

Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Specialty Areas: Family, Pediatric Primary Care, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care, Women’s Health, Psychiatric-Mental Health (Across the lifespan), and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care.


  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred: A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered;
  2. Current unrestricted license to practice as a registered nurse in California;
  3. Admission to graduate standing in nursing at the University;
  4. A college level course in statistics;
  5. A physical assessment course which includes clinical practice, 
  6. An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology;
  7. An upper division community health nursing course with lab for non-BSN applicants;
  8. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate program.

Advancement to Candidacy

  1. Satisfy the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy;
  2. Completion of all undergraduate deficiencies;
  3. Approval of the school graduate director and Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.


  1. Completion of a minimum of 30-48 units in approved upper division and graduate courses;
  2. An overall GPA of 3.0 or better.

Core Courses

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Across the Life Span) Specialty