The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing and Health Professions

MSN for Registered Nurses

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 health care field.


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MSN for Non Nurses
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The program 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 2 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 health care professional teams to be creative in envisioning how other roles will best promote reliable and competent patient care.


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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 (

MSN – CNL Program

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).

Contact Information

For more information about the program, please contact:

San Francisco Hilltop Campus, (415) 422-3627, ask an adviser

Pleasanton Campus, (925) 867-2711, ask an adviser

San Jose Campus, (408) 343-7100, ask an adviser

Sacramento Campus, (916) 920-0157 , ask an adviser

Santa Rosa Campus, (707) 527-9612, ask an adviser

Southern California Campus, (415) 422-3627, ask an adviser