Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing (MMDSON)

Master’s of Science in Nursing- Entry Level Master’s Track

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MS (Masters of Science)
2 y (2 year program=6 semesters)
81 (81 credits)
(Research Focused)

The Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing Track (ELM) is designed for non-nurses holding a baccalaureate or master’s degree in another field who are interested in completing course requirements leading to a graduate degree in nursing. Students should be able to complete the pre-licensure segment of the program by the end of their fifth semester, after which they are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and apply for their Public Health Certificate.

Students must receive a “pass” on the Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) exam and a score of 900 on the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) exit exam in order to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam after their fifth semester. Graduates who complete the pre-licensure segment of the ELM program are then eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and apply for the Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). More information on how to apply for the NCLEX can be found here.

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