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“This is an exciting time to be in the nursing field. Advances in healthcare are happening every day and there is a constant need to have qualified, compassionate nurses. Our professors keep up-to-date with changes in healthcare through continuous professional development and maintain active roles and relationships in the community.”
Miki Goodwin, PhD, RN, PHN
Chair of the Department of Nursing

Master's of Science Degrees in Nursing (MSN)

The first graduate program in nursing at Holy Names University was established in 1997. The Family Nurse Practitioner program was initiated at a time when the Nurse Practitioner was a relatively unfamiliar role in the community. Nurse Practitioners are now well accepted members of the health care team and this is our most popular advanced nursing degree, with approximately thirty five new FNPs graduating each year.

There are four other MSN options: the Nurse Educator option, the Administration Option, the RN to MSN option, and one double degree option: the MSN Administration/MBA. All of these programs share the same set of core courses but each has an additional set of courses specific to the discipline. A Nursing Informatics option will be available starting Fall 2014. Please check back for information about this option.

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Graduates of the FNP and other options can complete the programs in two years. Additional courses in the summer extend the double degree programs one month longer. The Family Nurse Practitioner program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Successful completion of the FNP program satisfies the Board of Registered Nursing requirements for active, licensed RNs to use the title of Nurse Practitioner in California. All of these programs have earned accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Education.

All MSN options follow a rolling admissions policy, except the Family Nurse Practitioner option. To learn more about the FNP deadline, please contact the Enrollment Counselor, Lisamarie Gibson at (510) 436-1317 or lgibson@hnu.edu.

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