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The Mount’s nursing programs receives nationwide acclaim.
The chance to see the positive impact I could make on patients...
To be a nurse is to serve your patients, your community, and yourself
through the joy of caring for those in need. It’s a higher calling that
speaks to the spirit of service and commitment central to the mission
of Mount Saint Mary’s University.
The Mount was the first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program
in the State of California and, since our founding in 1928, we have
graduated thousands into the nursing profession. Why not you?
As a Mount student, you’ll be considered for admission to our
three-year program after completing a set of prerequisites. We instruct
based on the world-renowned Roy Adaptation Model of professional nursing
care, where every person is treated as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual
being living in a complex world. Mount students understand the cultural,
emotional and physical issues facing each patient, and provide them
with care that is sensitive and respectful. We are proud that the Roy
Model was developed by our former Nursing Chair, Sister Callista Roy,
CSJ. Upon graduation, you will have received the American Association of
Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Essentials and Quality and
Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies. You’ll be eligible to
take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses
(NCLEX-RN) examination, and qualify to earn a California Public Health
Best of all, your education will include real-world experience
working in Los Angeles-area hospitals as part of clinical rotations.
You’ll engage with patients and medical professionals on a level you
won’t find anywhere else.
We welcome your interest in the Mount’s BSN program. Please contact the Admissions Office for further information.
Are you thinking about REACTIVATING your BSN Application to the Mount? If so, click here for Reactivation Request information.
Welcome to Nursing! The Traditional BSN is a four-year baccalaureate
program which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing
Education and the California Board of Registered Nursing. Graduates of
the BSN nursing program are eligible for certification as public health
nurses and for licensure as registered nurses.
The students in the program mirror the diversity of our Los Angeles
community. Clinical nursing experiences are provided in collaboration
with hospitals and agencies throughout Los Angeles County. Admission to
the nursing program is competitive. Both acceptance to and continuation
in the nursing major will be determined by the student's preparation and
academic performance as assessed by the Department of Nursing
The Traditional BSN offers the nursing student a balance of hands-on
learning with sound theory. It’s an exciting time for nursing! Our
nursing graduates have career options that simply didn't exist just a
few short years ago. Vast new opportunities are opening up in the field
of nursing. Today's graduates are finding fulfillment in such
fast-expanding areas as home care, community health, other outpatient
sites, long-term care, schools, nursing management as well as hospitals
and ambulatory care settings.
High School Students: At the completion of your
prerequisite courses at the Mount, you will be considered for entrance
into the Tradition Bachelor of Science in Nursing (TBSN) Program.
Admission into the TBSN Program is based upon your successful completion
of required courses, cumulative grade point average, science and
English curriculum grade point averages, score on the nursing entrance
exam, essay, and demonstrated interest in the nursing profession. Please note that admission to the College does not constitute admission directly into the TBSN program.
Receive detailed program admissions information or apply.
All items must be submitted prior to the start of clinical in order to be cleared to begin. You are required to keep copies of all required documents and be prepared to show copies requested by your clinical instructor.
The following are required to be updated for each clinical rotation:
Students who have exceptions to any of the above are to
contact the BSN coordinator of clinical clearance. Note: facilities may
not accept students who have not completed all clinical requirements.
The AccBSN program offers the BSN program to students already holding a Bachelor's Degree.
The Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing (AccBSN) Program is the same
curriculum design as the Baccalaureate Nursing Program (BSN), follows
the stated philosophy, and students meet the terminal objectives as
delineated for the Baccalaureate program. The program is within a one
year (May to May) time frame and is a vigorous program of study. The
Accelerated student completes a three semester course of study,
beginning with the first Summer session, followed by a Fall semester,
and ending with a final Spring semester. At the completion of the final
semester, graduates are eligible to take the Registered Nurse licensure
examination and to qualify for the California Public Health Nursing
Certificate. The AccBSN program is approved by the California Board of
To become licensed as a registered nurse, students must pass the
NCLEX examination. The percentage of Mount Saint Mary’s University students
who passed the exam the first time they took it can be found at: http://rn.ca.gov/education/passrates.shtml. The rates reported for BSN include students from the Accelerated BSN program.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT ADMISSION POLICY
ADN/DIPLOMA TO BSN-DAY PROGRAM
Applicants must have completed a Registered Nurse program and be licensed to practice in the state of California.
In order to become eligible to graduate with a BSN degree, a total of
at least 127.5 semester units must be successfully completed. All
courses required by the Department of Nursing must be completed with a
grade point average of 2.0 (C). A minimum of 45 semester units must be
designated as upper division course work. At least 30 of the last 39
semester units must be completed at MSMU.
This is determined by the number of transferable units and successful
completion of all the required course work. The student must complete
all the nursing courses within five years from the date of admission
into the Nursing Department.
Students may take challenge exams in general studies, prerequisites, and nursing courses. See College Catalog, "Credit by Exam."
Credit for courses taken in other accredited colleges or universities
is transferable provided that the transferred courses satisfy
requirements at MSMU (see college catalog, "Advanced Standing").
In order to be eligible for review, applicants must:
Before beginning the nursing courses, admitted students must:
In addition, a minimum of 4 of the following 8 general education
courses must be completed as prerequisites. Students may carry one or
two general studies courses each semester with the senior nursing
Prior to the beginning the senior level nursing courses, NUR 41 –
Introduction to Roy Adaptation Model (4 units) must be taken with an
achievement of a letter grade of “C” or better. This requirement will be
waived for students who graduated within the last five years from a
college/university using the Roy Adaptation Model.
The Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing meets the standards for and has been approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, leading to the California RN license. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.
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