Masters in Nursing

 

                   nursing student                 
                                                                      Mission Statement
 
 
 

    Provide educational excellence in the science and art of           professional nursing to empower our graduates to be               responsible and knowledgeable clinicians, leaders, and             scholars who strive to meet global healthcare needs.

 

 

Program Description

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing at San Jose State University offers Masters of Science Degrees in Speciality Areas of Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. A Post Masters Certificate is available for the Nurse Educator option. The Master of Science (MS) degree program at San Jose State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education CCNNE. The CCNNE awarded 10 year accreditation to the School in 2011. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Masters Essentials is the Foundation for the graduate curriculum. Our Doctorally-prepared Tenured and Tenure Track faculty are dedicated to providing the very finest nursing education. 

Applicants are admitted to the MS Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner programs each Fall Semester. Both programs follow a cohort model over 5 semesters where all admitted students take courses on a full-time basis. Courses are offered in hybrid format which includes both online and in-person meetings. Attendance is required one day per week with additional days for clinical practicum courses. 

The MS Nursing Program accepts students who have completed a baccalaureate in nursing and accredited by the National League of Nursing or CCNE. Applicants who have a California RN license and who have been awarded a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted conditionally on and individual basis. 

A grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program coursework. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be admitted in a conditional status. 

Potential applicants need to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Physical and psychosocial assessment developed to the level that the applicant can preform and complete history and physical exam on a well adult of either gender.
  • Introductory research course that has prepared the applicant to critique the usefulness of specific research to nursing practice

 


 

 Applying to the Program

The nurse educator and family nurse practitioner graduate programs will be accepting applications for Fall 2018. Two applications are required for our graduate programs:

1. Formal San Jose State University office of graduate studies application Cal State Apply (apply between October 1-April 1 each year).

2. The Valley Foundation School of Nursing application NursingCas (apply between October 1-April 1 each year). 

Nurse Educator

Nurse Educators apply to San Jose State University office of graduate studies with a declared objective of Masters of Science here. Applicants must send a copy of official transcripts to the Graduate Assessment Evaluation Program (GAPE). 

Family Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioners apply to San Jose State University office of graduate studies with a declared objective of Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner concentration here. Applicants must send a copy of official transcripts to the Graduate Assessment Evaluation Program (GAPE). 

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing Application

You must also complete an application for the School of Nursing through NursingCas. All graduate students will be asked to upload the following required documents:

  • Current resume or curriculum vita
  • Statement of professional goals, outlining your goals as a nurse educator/nurse practitioner in seeking the degree.
  • Two professional or academic references 
  • Official transcripts
  • Copy of current, unrestricted California Registered Nursing License 
  • Copy of Public Health Nursing Certificate if applicant has one. 

Once students are formally accepted into either the nurse educator or family nurse practitioner program, additional health documentation will be required (e.g. evidence of immunization, background check, drug testing) all administered through third party document tracker. 

Note: Calstate Apply, NursingCas, and third party document trackers have additional fees.

 

Nurse Educator Course Sequence
 Semester 1 Fall (8 units)   Semester 2 Spring (9 units)
 NURS 200 - Health Care Systems  NURS 259 - Advanced Pharmacology
 NURS 202 - Theoretical Foundations  NURS 260 - Advanced Pathophysiology
 NURS 248 - Advanced Health Assessment   NURS 295A - Research Methods
 Semester 3 Summer (3 units)   Semester 4 Fall (8 units)
 EDUC 186 - Using Instructional Media  NURS 212 - Curriculum Design
   NURS 214 - Nurse Education Theories  &  Practice 1
 Semester 5 Spring (8 units)  NURS 297.1 - Masters Project Seminar
 NURS 201 - Clinical Leadership Role  Development                    
 
 NURS 216 - Nursing Education Theories &
 Practice II                       
 
 NURS 297.2 - Masters Project   36 units

 

http://www.sjsu.edu/bursar/fees_due_dates/tuition_fees/index.html for up to date fees 

*books, equipment, parking, additional fees TBA

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Course Sequence
 Semester 1 Fall (8 units)  Semester 2 Spring (9 units)
 NURS 201 - Health Care Systems                 NURS 259 - Advanced Pharmacology
 NURS 202 - Theoretical Foundations              NURS 260 - Advanced Pathophysiology
 NURS 248 - Advanced Health Assessment  NURS 295A - Research Methods
 Semester 3 Summer (8 units)   Semester 4 Fall (9 units)
 NURS 201- Clinical Leadership Role 
 Development 
 NURS 251 - FNP Theory II
 NURS 250 - FNP Theory I  NURS 254 -  FNP Practicum II
 NURS 253 - FNP Practicum I  NURS 258 - Professional Issues
   NURS 297.1 - Masters Project Seminar
 Semester 5 Spring (8 units)  
 NURS 252 - FNP Theory III  
 NURS 256 - FNP Practicum III  
 NURS 297.2 - Masters Project  42 units

 

Please see the Family Nurse Practitioner webpage for FNP tuition costs. *Books, equipment, parking additional fees TBA. Once students are formally accepted into the Family Nurse Practitioner Program a non-refundable $250.00 program fee will also be assessed.  

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for full-time graduate students in the nurse educator option can be found here. The family nurse pracitioner program is offered through special sessions. See Family Nurse Practitioner program website for more information.  

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Information Sessions

Small group advising sessions are offered for our MS Nursing degree programs. Sessions are for students who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing or for students who have an Associate degree in nursing plus a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. Reservations are not necessary, you are welcome to attend whether you are simply "shopping" for a program or have already applied to San Jose State University. See here for Group Advising Programs. Once you have attended a general advising session, I am happy to meet with you individually as needed.    

For more information please contact: 

Deepkia Goyal, PhD, MS, FNP-C
Graduate Program Coordinator
Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director
 

Additional Information

 

Scholarship opportunity for Alpha Gamma members! 

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