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Master of Science in Nursing

Graduate Programs

Integration of the Liberal Arts

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program incorporates The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Essential I, Background for Practice from Science and Humanities, guides our curricular content and provides the master’s-prepared nurse with knowledge to integrate findings from the humanities and biopsychosocial fields. Care management incorporates an understanding of the needs of a population and the concerns of family, significant others, and communities through valuing and supporting the individual’s decisions with his/her health care and advocating for the client. Students are exposed to complex cultural issues and are able to respond to the needs of various groups.

In addition, the MSN curriculum presents various theories including ethical frameworks which support the adherence to one’s ethical and moral values to ensure safety and quality for the clients. Knowledge and skills from information sciences, health communication, and health literacy are utilized by master’s-prepared nurses in their practice.

Sample Content:

Analyze cultural and human diversity in a community of interest and ensure that systems meet the needs of the population(s) served and are culturally relevant. 

Utilize a systematic method to assess clinical situations that present ethical challenges to the nurse, including advanced practice nurses, and identify strategies that enhance effectiveness of the role as advocate for the patient and the family. 

Describe moral distress, its effect on the nurse’s professional practice, and strategies to reduce moral distress experienced in clinical practice. 

*The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist track in the MSN program conforms to the California Board of Registered Nursing’s  requirements for California Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certification. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements you must complete prior to applying for your license. Mount Saint Mary’s University is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states. Please contact the Director of the MSN program at or (213) 477-2723 to discuss additional requirements that may be needed to obtain CNS certification in a state outside of California.