Master of Science in Nursing – Entry Level Master’s Program


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.

Graduates who complete the pre-licensure segment of the ELM program are then eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Students can apply for the Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate issued by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) upon graduation.

The Board of Registered Nursing requires that any pre-licensure program offer a 30-unit option for licensed vocational nurses. This option is for LVN’s that do hold a baccalaureate degree and are interested in taking courses to prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam. Anyone interested in this option should contact the school of nursing for more detail.


Dean and Director, ELM Program and Professor
Dr. Diane Breckenridge

Assistant Director, ELM Program/ Director Clinical Coordination and Assistant Professor
Dr. Delia Santana

ELM Program Administrative Coordinator
Ashley Fletcher
(323) 568-3316