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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialty

Core Courses

  • NRSG 510 - Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NRSG 520 - Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRSG 530 & 530L - Advanced Physical Assessment with Lab
  • NRSG 540 - Health Care Economics
  • NRSG 550 - Human Diversity
  • NRSG 556A - Conditions of Learning
  • NRSG 556B - Curriculum Development
  • NRSG 556L - Microteaching and Practice Teaching
  • NRSG 560 - Theories and Roles of AP Nursing
  • NRSG 596 - Research Methods in Nursing

Clinical Specialty Courses

  • NRSG 600 & 600L - CNS Theory and Clinical: Patient Sphere of Influence
  • NRSG 601 & 601L - CNS Theory and Clinical: Staff Development Sphere of Influence
  • NRSG 602 & 602L - CNS Theory and Clinical: Organizational Sphere of Influence

Culminating Event Course -- must choose one of the following

  • NRSG 692 - Nursing Directed Project
  • NRSG 695 - Professional Literature
  • NRSG 698 - Nursing Thesis


(All requirements contained on these pages are superceded by the official information published in the CSULB Catalog of the current academic year. To see an online copy, visit this official university page.)

Proposed Progression of Degree


  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a related field will be considered.
  • Current California RN license.
  • A college level statistics course.
  • A physical assessment course with lab component within the past 5 years
  • An upper division or graduate level course in pathophysiology.
  • Community heath with lab course (for non-BSN students)
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the undergraduate degree.
  • Currently, the Analytical Writing Component of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), taken within the last 5 years with a minimum score of 4.0, is highly recommended as a pre-requisite for admission to the MSN programs. Beginning Fall 2014 it will be required.