Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

University of San Francisco - School of Nursing and Health Professions

Program Description

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

University of San Francisco - School of Nursing and Health Professions

This pathway of the Master of Science in Nursing program prepares RNs already holding an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to advance within the field by gaining experience to develop and manage patient care plans, and to advocate for best practices and outcomes within the healthcare field. The program, rated among the top in the country, prepares students as Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs). It comprises 35 credits for RNs with a BSN and 46 credits for RNs with an ADN over the course of two years of study. Designed with a flexible schedule of classroom instruction plus clinical practice.

The CNL Role

The new Clinical Nurse Leader role prepares nurses as clinical leaders in often complex environments to assist patients in creating an experience of a coordinated approach to care. The CNL role is a pivotal role that allows healthcare professional teams to be creative in envisioning how other roles will best promote reliable and competent patient care.


The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. All graduates of the program meet the AACN CNL master’s degree outcome competencies and practice standards and are eligible for certification by the national American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL).

Program Details

The MSN program, for registered nurses with a BSN or ADN, is responsive to the needs of working professionals.

Program Delivery

For our on-campus option, you attend in-person class sessions one evening a week scheduled for a specific day of the week. Integrated with the in-person sessions are online modules that extend the scope, depth, and impact of the real-time interaction. The MSN on-campus option is offered at several locations in the Bay Area: San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, Pleasanton and Santa Rosa. You can also complete the program fully online with no campus visits. For more information about our online MSN option, see the program website.


As an MSN student, you must complete 400 clinical hours. With supervisor permission, these hours may be completed at your place of work.

MSN/CNL Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program the student will demonstrate:

  • Clinical leadership for patient-care practices and delivery, including the design, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations;
  • Participation in identification and collection of health care outcomes;
  • Accountability for evaluation and improvement of point-of-care outcomes, including the synthesis of data and other evidence to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes;
  • Risk anticipation for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  • Lateral integration of care for individuals and cohorts of patients;
  • Design and implementation of evidence-based practice(s);
  • Team leadership, management and collaboration with other health professional team members;
  • Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve healthcare outcomes;
  • Stewardship and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources;
  • Advocacy for patients, communities, and the health professional team; and,
  • Leadership in delivering competent and safe patient care to individuals and groups in a variety of settings based in liberal arts and the natural sciences.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is
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Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Full time
1,245 USD
USA - San Francisco, California
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