Master of Science Program in Nursing


Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.”

-Institute of Medicine, October 2010


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About the Program

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree program in two Nursing concentrations: Family Nurse Practitioner(FNP) and Nurse Educator (NE). The program aims to prepare nurses to assume the highest levels of professional nursing practice in the advanced practice roles. The courses provide advanced theoretical knowledge, leadership development, assessment skills, and advanced clinical practice in the selected concentration. The curriculum provides students with an opportunity to critically evaluate and apply nursing theory and research as a scientific base for nursing practice. Our position in the heart of the Silicon Valley gives students a unique opportunity to serve a diverse population. Many of our students go on to work for one of our local healthcare agencies.

Upon completion of the Master of Science program, graduates will be eligible to apply for certifications depending on the concentration. More detailed information can be found on the concentrations’ webpages.

The Master of Science degree program at San José State University, 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, all educated at the doctoral level, are dedicated to providing the very finest nursing education.

Please note: Fall 2022 Admission is open for applications, through May 2022. The Nurse Educator program start will be subject to sufficient enrollment. Sufficient enrollment will be determined in June 2022.

Overview of the Program

  • Fall admission
  • Small cohort size
  • Hybrid class format
  • Didactic and clinical courses in concentration
  • Advanced Practice courses

Core Courses

  • NURS 200 Population Based Health Care 3 units
  • NURS 201 Clinical Leadership Role Development 2 units
  • NURS 202 Theoretical Foundations 2 units
  • NURS 248 Advanced Health Assessment 3 units
  • NURS 258 Professional Issues for Nurse Practitioners 2 units
  • NURS 259 Advanced Pharmacology 3 units
  • NURS 260 Advanced Pathophysiology 3 units
  • NURS 295A Research Methods 3 units

Program Learning Outcomes

The goal of the Master of Nursing program is to 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 changing global healthcare needs. The Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) were developed based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) [pdf]. PLOs have been identified as preparing the graduate to:

  • Apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making including the use of the nursing and research processes
  • Provide theory and research-based culturally competent, safe therapeutic nursing interventions for clients in advanced nursing practice
  • Employ advanced interpersonal skills in professional relationships with clients, families/caregivers, and multidisciplinary health care team members
  • Support health promotion and disease prevention activities in developing and monitoring holistic plans of care for well and at-risk clients, considering access, quality and cost
  • Demonstrate the collaborative and leadership skills required in advanced nursing practice within a multidisciplinary and multicultural (community) health care context
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate advanced nursing practice that promotes and preserves health and healthy lifestyles of individual clients and aggregates
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate advanced therapeutic nursing practice in a rapidly changing, multicultural health care environment
  • Implement care management, including but not limited to case management, resource management, advocacy, and outcome evaluation
  • Employ information technology in advanced nursing practice to evaluate and improve health care delivery and outcomes
  • Actualize the advanced nursing practice role by incorporating professional standards, ethical guidelines, legal mandates, and professional activities


Family Nurse Practitioner Roadmap [pdf]

Nurse Educator Roadmap

Program Course of Study:

Family Nurse Practitioner Course of Study

Nurse Educator Course of Study


Please visit the nursing concentration’s webpage for detailed information about the admissions process.

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Information

Nurse Educator Program Information


Please visit our Future Students page for MS Nursing degree programs advising sessions. Reservations are not necessary. For more information please see advising slides in Resources.

Current students should contact their program advisor for academic advising.