California State University, Dominguez Hills Nursing School Review

The history of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH or CSU Dominguez Hills) began in early 1960. Back then it was known as South Bay State College until the name was changed two years later to California State College at Palos Verdes.

It was not until 1977 that it was officially called California State University, Dominguez Hills. The school boasts modern facilities that are backed with many technological developments. Among the most noted are the SMART classrooms.

The school currently offers various academic programs and among them are nursing courses offered by the School of Nursing at CSUDH. The programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The programs currently being offered are RN to BSN, MSN, Certificate Programs, and a Pre-licensure program.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (BSN) is aimed at registered nurses (RNs) that have unencumbered licenses and wish to do advanced studies. It is a flexible online program that makes it easy for RNs to complete the necessary courses in the curriculum by accessing web-based course material. The program stimulates students’ critical thinking abilities and trains them to apply knowledge and practice to real health conditions. Some of the classes are also administered at the campus, so students will have to plan to take these at the appropriate time. At the end of the program, graduates can sit the relevant licensure exam and enter more advanced studies for their Master’s of Science in Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Masters of Science in Nursing at CSUDH is designed for students that want to be engaged in advanced studies. Those that enroll in the program will have the opportunity to choose from different specialties that they must indicate on their application to the program. The main areas are:

1)     Nurse Educator:  This course focuses on teaching methods and strategies that are part of the role of the nurse educator. After successful completion of the program, graduates will be fully prepared to teach students, staff, and clients. Students are exposed to an advanced clinical focus area to hone their skills in real teaching/learning situations.

2)     Nurse Administrator: Students looking for non-traditional nursing roles will find the content of this program exciting and fulfilling. As nurse administrators, they will organize and function in administrative roles in various health care settings.  They will be trained by experienced Masters’s prepared administrators that will impart their knowledge and skills during the learning/teaching process.

3)     Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): There are two options for students that decide to take this course, and they are: CNS Parent-Child Curriculum or CNS Gerontology Curriculum. All students (irrespective of specialty) must complete 500 clinical hours. A CNS is responsible for planning, implementing, developing, and evaluating special populations. The skills and knowledge gained throughout the course will enable students to be consultants, researchers, clinicians, educators, and case managers.

4)      Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP): After completion students can work as nurse practitioners provided they pass the national certification examination. They will also be qualified to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ certification examinations as Family Nurse Practitioners.

Entry-level Pre-licensure Masters Entry-level Professional Nursing (MEPN) Program

This course is open to students that have a BS or BA in any non-related nursing field. It is an intensive full-time program that can be completed in six semesters, 24 months. The accelerated program allows students to gain the necessary skills and training with 1000 hours of clinical experience at various health care settings. After successful completion, they are granted a Master of Science degree in Nursing with specialization as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Admission to the program is once yearly.

MSN Pathway Program

This course is designed for registered nurses that have a bachelor’s degree in a field that is not related to nursing. During the course, students take the BSN prerequisite courses to get their MSN. Admission into the program is on a conditional basis and all students must attend the MSN Pathway Workshop. They will receive the necessary information and orientation about the courses they will need to do take prior to or concurrent with their graduate course.

Post Bachelor Certificate

After successful completion students are awarded a Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). The course is designed for those who were not awarded a baccalaureate degree from a US-based nursing school, non-NLN accredited nursing schools, or anyone else with a baccalaureate in an area that is not related to nursing. Each student will need to abide by specific requirements to enter the program depending on how the degree was obtained.

Post Master Certificate

CSUDH offers a post-master certificate in the following areas: Nurse Educator, Nurse Administrator, and Clinical Nurse Specialist, and Nurse Practitioner.

California State University-Dominguez Hills
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747