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Nursing - MSN & CNS

The mission of the graduate program in nursing is to equip nurse leaders and educators for a life of leadership and service by providing a challenging program of study, guided professional development, and integrated faith based learning within a dynamic and supportive learning environment.

MSN (Master of Science in Nursing)

This program is for registered nurses with a bachelor’s degree who seek to complete a master’s degree.

The master's degree program in nursing at Vanguard University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) Post-Master's Certificate

This 20-unit certificate is for licensed nurses who already completed a master’s degree who seek additional education for the professional role of an Adult-Gerontology CNS.

Please note: This program is not accredited by CCNE.

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2 years


Fall and Spring


*Tuition is based on the 2019/2020 academic year and is subject to change.


Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
California Board of Registered Nursing
West Coast Science
Western Association of Schools & Colleges
Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
Assemblies of God

A Sampling of Graduate Nursing Courses

NURS 501

Theoretical Frameworks of Leadership

Theoretical Frameworks of Leadership

This course explores the theoretical underpinnings of leadership and management in nursing. Content includes leadership styles and attributes, interpersonal communications in effectively leading and collaborating with diverse populations, as well as, an explanation of the concept of “emotional intelligence.” Building a dynamic team to improve optimal quality care will also be articulated. Responsibilities of managers, such as, organizational management, appropriate delegation of responsibilities, the art of supervision, coaching for success and collaboration will be analyzed. The role of ethics and the law will be discussed as they apply to equity and fair treatment of all in the workplace.

NURS 516

Research Methodologies and Thesis Development I

Research Methodologies and Thesis Development I

This course is an exploration of both the research process and methodologies. The content includes both quantitative and qualitative designs. Emphasis will be placed on the first phase of the thesis project design and development. Students will have the opportunity to prepare the first three chapters of the project report.

NURS 531

Assessing, Planning, and Managing Budgets and Resources

Assessing, Planning, and Managing Budgets and Resources

Utilizing methods to assess fiscal and resource requirements, planning budgets, and managing systems will be reviewed and analyzed. Methods and instruments available to efficiently allocate resources will be discussed as well as the design of plans that decrease duplication of ineffective strategies and services. Business principles will be identified as potential guidelines in managing nursing units and agencies.

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