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 José State University offers a Master of Science Degree in two specialty areas 1) Nurse Educator and 2) Family Nurse Practitioner

The master's degree programs in nursing at San José State University, The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Additionally, San José State 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 Tenured and Tenure Track faculty educated at the doctoral level are dedicated to providing the very finest nursing education.

We accept applicants for the MS Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner programs in the Fall Semester. Both programs follow a full time cohort model over 5 semesters. Courses are offered in hybrid format which includes online and in-person meetings. Attendance is required one day per week (Tue or Wed) with additional days for clinical practicum courses.

The MS Nursing Program accepts students who have completed a baccalaureate in nursing. 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 perform 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



The application for Fall 2021 will open October 1- March 1, 2021!

Applying to the Program


Application Process:
  • Please complete the office of graduate studies application Cal State Apply which includes the school of nursing application
  • Please be sure to select the correct ONE option you are applying for nurse educator or family nurse practitioner.   
  • Please see advising slides (NE Advising Slides or FNP Advising Slides) for more information regarding the application process
  • It is strongly encouraged that you attend an information session before applying


Additional information that will be requested as part of the graduate studies application:

  • Current resume
  • Statement of professional goals: Include why you want to be a nurse educator or nurse practitioner and your goals after obtaining your degree
  • Contact information for two professional or academic references
  • Copy or documentation of your current, unrestricted California Registered Nursing License                        

Once students are formally accepted into one of our graduate programs, additional health documentation will be required (evidence of immunization, background check, drug testing) all administered through third party document tracker.

Note: Calstate Apply 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 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 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 (6 units)   Semester 4 Fall (10 units)
 NURS 201- Clinical Leadership Role 
 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 (9 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 practitioner program is offered through special sessions. See Family Nurse Practitioner program website for more information.  


Information Sessions


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. For more information please see NE advising slides or FNP advising slides.


Arlene Spilker, DNP, RN, FNP-C, CNE

Graduate Program Coordinator


Additional Information