Nursing Degrees

Director of Nursing: Dr. Cheryl Smythe-Padgham
Assistant Director: Prof. Terry Cottle, ABSN Program
Assistant Director: Dr. Catherine Caston, MSN Program
Assistant Director: Dr. Jacqueline Pinkowski, RN to BSN Programs

Mission Statement

The Nursing Program is committed to educating a culturally and academically diverse student population to become competent, compassionate, and holistic nursing professionals who uphold Christian values in their service to individuals, families and communities.

Vision Statement

The Nursing Program has been uniquely designed for students to learn the necessary knowledge and advanced skills to provide excellent, compassionate, and competent nursing care. Ninety hours of clinical experience in a public health setting is arranged to prepare candidates to apply for the California Public Health Certificate. Additional clinicals will include patient care in the areas of medical-surgical nursing, pediatric nursing, maternal-child nursing, psychiatric/mental health nursing and geriatric nursing.

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Department of Nursing Philosophy

Nursing is both an art and a science. As such, it embraces the development of the individual through both liberal studies and scientific preparation. The goal of nursing is to view each individual as a bio-psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual being with individual needs that are of utmost concern to the profession. The goal of this program is also to educate nurses to develop a view of nursing as a self-actualizing process that is essential in ministering to those seeking care. Nursing must be supportive and considerate of each individual seeking care. Nurses must exhibit unconditional regard for each patient.

Nursing is a profession that encompasses professional and personal values, core knowledge and competencies in developing the role of care provider. It is also a service to humanity.  Essential to this discipline is the development of attributes that encourage the holistic development of self in order to become socially responsive to the healthcare needs of a culturally diverse world.

The philosophy, objectives and goals of the nursing Department are congruent with: a) the Nurse Practice Act of California, b) Dr. Jean Watson’s philosophy of caring in nursing, c) the mission and goals of Concordia University Irvine, and d) the essentials of baccalaureate education for professional nursing education of AACN and e) the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the National League nursing competencies for the advanced nurse educator or selected specialty certifications for the advanced nurse leader.

At Concordia University Irvine, the nursing department functions within the philosophy of the University and has based its curriculum on the philosophy of Dr. Jean Watson’s premise that nursing is both a philosophical and scientific approach to caring for all those who seek health care, disease prevention and management, health promotion and education. Watson’ views are founded on scientific knowledge from various disciplines that allow nursing care to encompass both “curative” and “carative” dimensions in assisting clients to reach or maintain health or “die a peaceful death.” (Watson, 1985, p. 7)

The nurse develops the skills to incorporate the nursing process, perform simple to complex nursing care skills, teach clients and families about self-care, disease management and prevention, and health promotion, learn and implement the ability to appropriately delegate and supervise members of a health care team. In addition, nurses will develop the ability to evaluate patients’ responses to nursing and medical care, revise a plan of care in concert with the patient while advocating for best treatment and nursing care options with members of the health care team in a variety of settings. The advanced nurse educator or leader will integrate curriculum content in relation to academic and clinical learning outcomes specific to his/her degree requirements.

Nursing and its relationship to people of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds is rooted in a liberal arts education and life experiences that assist in integrating biophysical knowledge with information about human needs and behaviors in order to care for those who seek health care for illnesses, health restoration, and promotion. Dr. Jean Watson’s belief also encompasses the promotion of each nurse’s self-awareness and self-care. With this approach, the students have the opportunity to evaluate their own cultural beliefs and those of patients, their own learning needs and styles in building competencies at a beginner’s level in a variety of practice settings. The MSN program will build on the foundation of the baccalaureate nursing curriculum as to prepare professional nurse leaders in academic and clinical advanced nursing education. It is also the belief that the education at Concordia University Irvine will prepare both undergraduates and graduates to communicate and collaborate with all members of the interprofessional team in order to optimize patient health through evidence-based best practice outcomes.

The purpose of the CUI nursing program is to educate nurses in a self-actualizing process that is essential in ministering to those who are seeking healthcare. Nursing must be supportive, and considerate, and exhibit unconditional regard for each diverse population of patients in the context of the nursing metaparadigm as defined by the individual, health, environment, and nursing. The nursing faculty at Concordia University Irvine believes that Jean Watson’s Philosophy of the Science of Caring in Nursing flows from, and is a response to, God’s love of all people, as seen in His sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, for the salvation of all humankind. 

Unifying Theme

Jean Watson’s Philosophy of the Science of Caring in Nursing has been threaded through the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.  Watson’s 10 Carative Factors encompass the qualities that are essential in establishing therapeutic communication and relationships between the client/patient and the nurse. These original Carative Factors are incorporated into specific courses. The common themes in Watson’s model are:

  1. Humanistic /altruistic value system
  2. Faith and hope
  3. Sensitivity and empathy
  4. Helping-trusting relationships
  5. Promotion and acceptance of both positive and negative feelings in Communication
  6. Scientific problem-solving
  7. Interpersonal teaching/learning
  8. Mental, physical, socio-cultural, spiritual, supportive, protective, corrective and safety
  9. Gratification of human needs
  10. Allowances for existential-phenomenological forces that may affect the caring experience (1985, p.9-10).

Watson original Carative Factors evolved into Caritas Processes which include:

  1. Practicing loving-kindness and equanimity for self and other
  2. Being authentically present; enabling/sustaining/honoring deep belief system and subjective world of self/other
  3. Cultivating one’s own spiritual practices; deepening self-awareness, going beyond “ego-self”
  4. Developing and sustaining a helping-trusting, authentic caring relationship
  5. Being present to, and supportive of, the expression of positive and negative feelings as a connection with deeper spirit of self and the one-being-cared-for
  6. Creative use of self and all ways of knowing/being/doing as part of the caring process (engaging in artistry of caring-healing practices)
  7. Engaging in genuine teaching-learning experiences within context of caring relationship – attend to whole person and subjective meaning; attempt to stay within other’s frame of reference (evolve toward “coaching” role vs. conventional imparting of information)
  8. Creating healing environment at all levels (physical, nonphysical, subtle environment of energy and consciousness whereby wholeness, beauty, comfort, dignity, and peace are potentiated (Being/Becoming the environment)
  9. Reverentially and respectfully assisting with basic needs; holding an intentional, caring consciousness of touching and working with the embodied spirit of another, honoring unity of Being; allowing for spirit-filled connection
  10. Opening and attending to spiritual, mysterious, unknown existential dimensions of life-death-suffering; “allowing, for a miracle” (2008, p. 31).

In addition to Watson’s Model, other specific strands are woven throughout the undergraduate and graduate programs. 

For undergraduate program strands they are:

  1. Nursing process/therapeutic care competence
  2. Professional role development/teaching/learning
  3. Communication  
  4. Research process           
  5. Cultural awareness and competence
  6. Watson’s Carative Factors/Caritas Processes     
  7. Development of Values
  8. QSEN Competencies

For graduate program strands they are:

  1. Advance practice nurse competencies
  2. Professional role facilitation
  3. Interprofessional communication/collaboration
  4. Evidence-based practice outcomes           
  5. Cultural and age related competencies
  6. Integration of professional caring concepts
  7. Human Values
  8. QSEN Competencies

The advanced practice nurse curriculum plan builds on baccalaureate nursing education. The CUI MSN program will provide the foundation for preparation and provision to the individual, family, community, and the health care environment. The advanced practice nurse educator or nurse leader will apply his/her skills in a variety of educational and clinical sites. Role development, identification of researchable health care issues and utilization of research by the learner and colleagues are facilitated in a blended on-line format. With the emphasis of life-long learning in nursing education, the graduate of the CUI MSN program will provide the foundation for doctoral study and foster ongoing responsibility for continuing education in nursing.

Alternative means for advancing nursing education in the blended on line format may appeal to students who are seeking an alternative delivery system. This delivery system is appropriate for graduate students who are self-motivated, independent learners, and thrive in the self-directed setting.

The blended format is designed to promote interaction between the professor and the students and student to student in a threaded discussion format. The courses are facilitated in a two eight week semester timeframe in which a full time student will take two eight week courses. There are two four hours face-to-face classes during the first and eighth weeks on Saturday. The third, fifth, and seventh weeks are synchronous on line class sessions where by the students enter into a classroom setting using a web-camera format and participate in class discussions with the assigned faculty and peers. There are three asynchronous sessions during weeks two, four, and six in which the students completes the identified assignments and participate in discussion threads.  The on line format is designed to promote interaction between the professor and the students and student to students in an effective teaching learning process.

It is expected that the students will complete online lectures (written, video, or audio) assignments, seek advisement and feedback from the assigned course faculty, seeks academic advisement from assigned advisor, and work independently to meet the course and program learning outcomes.

The thesis or project capstone experience is the culminating activity of the advanced practice nurse educator and leader. The content for the thesis or project is threaded throughout the curriculum plan for the MSN program and represents the consolidation, synthesis, and analysis of the academic or clinical scholarship in graduate nursing education evidence based outcomes.

There are four avenues of study available to the nursing student:

  • Accelerated BSN (ABSN)
  • RN to BSN
  • LVN to RN 30-unit option certificate
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Accreditation Standards

Concordia University and its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) and the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) programs are accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
985 Atlantic Avenue Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 748-9797

Students and other interested parties may review accreditation documents by going to the commission’s website at http://www.wascsenior.org/.

Concordia University Irvine’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (ABSN) and RN to Bachelor of Science in nursing (RN to BSN) programs are also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency whose mission includes the assessment and identification of nursing programs that engage in effective educational practices.

Professional Association Guidelines

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials

1.  Liberal Education for Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice: a solid base in liberal education provides the cornerstone for the practice and education of nurses.  (AACN Essential 1)

2.  Basic Organizational and Systems Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety: Knowledge and skills in leadership, quality improvements, and patient safety are necessary to provide high-quality healthcare.  (AACN Essential 2) 

3.  Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice:  Professional nursing practice is grounded in the translation of current evidence into one's practice.  (AACN Essential 3)

4.  Information Management and Application of Patient Care Technology: Knowledge and skills in information management and patient care technology are critical in the delivery of quality patient care.  (AACN Essential 4)

5.  Health Care Policy, Finance, and Regulatory Environments:  Healthcare policies, including financial regulatory, directly and indirectly influence the nature and functioning of the healthcare system and thereby are important considerations in professional nursing practice. (AACN Essential 5)

6.  Inter-professional Communication and Collaboration for Improving Patient Health Outcomes:  Communication and collaboration among healthcare professionals are critical to delivering high quality and safe patient care.  (AACN Essential 6)

7.  Clinical Prevention and Population Health:  Health promotion and disease prevention at the individual and population level are necessary to improve population health and are important components of baccalaureate generalist nursing practice.  (AACN Essential 7)

8.  Professionalism and Professional Values:  Professionalism and the inherent values of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, and social justice are fundamental to the discipline of nursing. (AACN Essential 8)

9.  Baccalaureate Generalist Nursing Practice:  The baccalaureate graduate nurse

  • is prepared to practice with patients including individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations across the lifespan and across the continuum of healthcare environments.
  • understands and respects the variations of care, the increased complexity, and the increased use of healthcare resources inherent in caring for patients.  (AACN Essential 9)

Nursing Program Learning Outcomes

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Nursing is both an art and a science. As such, it embraces the development of the individual through both liberal studies and scientific preparation with a goal of educating students to develop a view of nursing as a self-actualizing process that is essential in ministering to those seeking care. Students will be prepared to:

  1. Analyze bioethical dilemmas that present themselves in the practice setting and be able to arrive at personal and professional decisions to advocate for the patients.  Become familiar with the principles of justice, autonomy and beneficence.
  2. Develop and refine professional skills and strategies to support acquisition of further proficiency in nursing practice.
  3. Take on additional roles, such as public health nurse, parish nurse, leader, manager, nurse navigator, nurse informaticist and clinical assistant instructor.
  4. Provide healthcare education appropriate to learners from varying backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  5. Develop a strong scientific knowledge base to include an understanding of the research process and its application to nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  6. Apply Watson’s Clinical Caritas Processes in all nursing care settings to enhance the health care encounters of all patients/clients.
  7. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care to an increasingly diverse population(s).
  8. Discuss and analyze contemporary professional nursing issues that impact the patients, the profession, and communities.
  9. Be accountable in nursing practice, resource management, and quality improvement by demonstrating leadership, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, organizing, delegating, implementing, and evaluating the delivery of nursing care in a variety of settings.
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of health care prevention and wellness care for individuals and communities.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

  1. Analyze bioethical dilemmas that present themselves in the practice setting and be able to arrive at personal and professional decisions to advocate for the patients.  Become familiar with the principles of justice, autonomy and beneficence.
  2. Develop and refine professional skills and strategies to support acquisition of further proficiency in nursing practice.
  3. Take on additional roles, such as public health nurse, parish nurse, leader, manager, nurse navigator, nurse informaticist and clinical assistant instructor.
  4. Provide healthcare education appropriate to learners from varying backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  5. Develop a strong scientific knowledge base to include an understanding of the research process and its application to nursing practice in a variety of settings.
  6. Apply Watson’s Clinical Caritas Processes in all nursing care settings to enhance the health care encounters of all patients/clients.
  7. Provide culturally sensitive nursing care to an increasingly diverse population(s).
  8. Discuss and analyze contemporary professional nursing issues that impact the patients, the profession, and communities.
  9. Be accountable in nursing practice, resource management, and quality improvement by demonstrating leadership, critical thinking, clinical reasoning, organizing, delegating, implementing, and evaluating the delivery of nursing care in a variety of settings.
  10. Demonstrate an awareness of health care prevention and wellness care for individuals and communities.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

  1. Demonstrate accountability for advanced practice nursing decisions based on professional, evidence-based standards, genetics, public health policy, and ethics for improvement of advanced nursing care across diverse settings.  (AACN Essential 1)
  2. Utilize leadership, critical thinking, and reasoning skills to determine population-based health care delivery outcomes in organizational and health care systems in organization and system management. (AACN Essential 2)
  3. Implement quality and safety improvement measures within patient care, inter-professional teams, and organizational levels using appropriate performance measures.  (AACN Essential 3)
  4. Translate theoretical and/or clinical-directed research into evidence-based health care advanced nursing practice at the individual, family, and community levels. (AACN Essential 4)
  5. Integrate health care technology and informatics processes to achieve high quality patient health care outcomes across all clinical settings.  (AACN Essential 5)
  6. Demonstrate character and ethical leadership in a faith-based environment by participating in policy development and patient advocacy. (AACN Essential 6)
  7. Integrate an understanding of inter-professional collaboration, communication, disease management, and leadership to achieve population-based health care outcomes. (AACN Essential 7)
  8. Apply and coordinate culturally sensitive nursing care to population based health care environments to plan, implement, manage, and evaluate evidence-based practice. (AACN Essential 8)
  9. Demonstrate clinical competence in advance practice settings incorporating patient centered care, inter-professional collaboration, healthcare management, and teaching/learning in an evidence-based practice environment. (AACN Essential 9)

Undergraduate Nursing Degrees

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN)

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum Plan

Semester One
12
NTHL 101Foundations of Christian Theology3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
or NTHL 202 History and Literature of the New Testament
NUSA 201Foundations of Nursing3
NUSA 401Health Assessment3
Semester Two
14
NUSA 203Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Theory3
NUSA 205Pathophysiology2
NUSA 207Pharmacotherapeutics2
NUSA 292Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical4
NUSA 294Nursing Skills Lab2
NUSA 296Pharmacology Lab1
Semester Three
18
NUSA 301Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Theory3
NUSA 303Maternal/Child Nursing Theory3
NUSA 305Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Theory2
NUSA 307Pediatric Nursing Theory2
NUSA 392Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing Clinical2
NUSA 394Maternal/Child Nursing Clinical2
NUSA 396Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Clinical2
NUSA 398Pediatric Nursing Clinical2
Semester Four
15
NUSA 400Advanced Senior Preceptorship Clinical3
NUSA 403Community Health Nursing Theory2
NUSA 405Research In Nursing2
NUSA 409Advanced Senior Preceptorship Seminar1
NUSA 413Leadership/Management Theory2
NUSA 494Community Health Nursing Clinical2
THL 467Bioethics and Healthcare Professions3
Total Units59

Progression

Students must maintain a GPA of C (2.0) or better, receive no grade lower than a C (75%) to remain in the program. Students who receive a grade of C- or lower in a course may repeat the course once. If a student has already received a C- or lower in a NURS or cross-listed course and does so a second time the student will be dropped from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Completed all course work with a grade of 2.0 or higher.
  2. Successful completion of 124 semester units of instruction or the equivalent.
  3. File a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar whether participating in graduation or not.
  4. Complete payment of all fees and tuition due Concordia University Irvine.
  5. Receive faculty approval.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Support Courses

All required supportive courses can be taken elsewhere (other than Theology) and transferred before or during program matriculation. Students wishing to take a course(es) elsewhere for transfer as a substitution must apply with the nursing department for approval. Supportive courses require a grade of C (2.0) or higher; a grade lower than C may be repeated twice.

Chemistry with lab4
General Psychology3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (life to death component)3
Nutrition3
Sociology or Anthropology3
Statistics (must be taken before research course)3
NUSA 207Pharmacotherapeutics (or equivalent transfer) *2
NTHL 101Foundations of Christian Theology3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
or NTHL 202 History and Literature of the New Testament
Total Units27
*

If an incoming student’s previous pharmacology course is deemed inadequate they will be required to take NUSA 207.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree Requirements

NURS 205Pathophysiology *2
NURS 300Professional Nursing Practice and Higher Education *3
NURS 400Leadership and Management - Clinical Professional Practice2
NURS 401Health Assessment *3
NURS 402Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations in Nursing *3
NURS 403Community and Public Health Nursing Theory *2
NURS 404Wellness and Alterative Therapies *3
NURS 405Nursing Research *2
NURS 406Leadership and Management Practices *3
NURS 407Cultural Care Competence *3
NURS 408Professional Trends and Issues in Nursing (online course) **3
NURS 494Community Health Nursing Clinical2
PHI 467Bioethics and Healthcare Professions *3
Total Units34
*

Hybrid courses that meet weekly with an online component.

**

Online courses.

Progression

Students must maintain a GPA of C (2.0) or better, receive no grade lower than a C (75%) to remain in the program. Students who receive a grade of C- or lower in a course may repeat the course once. If a student has already received a C- or lower in a NURS or cross-listed course and does so a second time the student will be dropped from the program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all course work with a grade of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
  2. Successful completion of 120 semester units of instruction or the equivalent.
  3. File a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar whether participating in graduation or not.
  4. Complete payment of all fees and tuition due Concordia University Irvine.
  5. Receive faculty approval.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is to develop advanced practice nurse educators to teach undergraduate nursing students in both theory and clinical teaching experiences in the psychiatric mental health, medical-surgical, pediatrics and maternal newborn content areas. Additionally, MSN nurses could lead and manage these specialty units in acute care health systems and the community at large and globally as advanced practice nurse leaders. According to the California Future Action Plan “one of the largest barriers to expanding educational capacity is a lack of qualified nursing faculty . . . The task force recognizes the need for additional incentives, in the form of loan forgiveness, stipends, and recruitment packages offered to attract and retain additional nursing faculty” (Future Action Plan, p.11). With the increased need for nursing faculty in the U.S., this program’s purpose fits well with a Master of Science in nursing program for Concordia University Irvine with an emphasis on health care, nursing education or leadership and the healing environment.

Master of Science in Nursing Degree Requirements

MSN 501Health Care Context and Organizational Systems Leadership3
MSN 511Nursing Theory3
MSN 513Nursing Research3
MSN 515Applied Statistics for Nursing3
MSN 531Advanced Health and Physical Assessment3
MSN 533Advanced Pathophysiology3
MSN 535Advanced Pharmacology3
MSN 537Advanced Nursing Practice for the Nurse Educator3
MSN 551Religion in the World/America *3
MSN 552Ethics in Nursing *3
Choose 1 concentration area:8
Nursing Education Concentration Courses
Instructional Design in Nursing Education I (Theory)4
Instructional Design in Nursing Education II (Practice)4
Nursing Leadership Concentration Courses
Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management I4
Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Management II4
Thesis/Project
MSN 595Thesis/Project I3
MSN 596Thesis/Project II3
Total Units44
*

Note: Must be taken at Concordia University Irvine

Graduation Requirements

All students are encouraged to celebrate the completion of their nursing program when all required course work is completed, including:

  1. File a graduation application with the Office of the Registrar whether participating in commencement or not.
  2. Complete payment of all fees and tuition due Concordia University Irvine.
  3. Receive faculty approval.

Application and Admission Information

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) Admission Policy and Requirements

General Admission Guidelines

Admission of nursing students to the ABSN program is based upon consideration of the completed application form, official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a personal plan to complete all prerequisites before nursing classes begin. Students filling out an application are not guaranteed admission into the nursing program as student numbers in the clinical practicum may be limited due to clinical availability.

All applications should be completed with supporting documents and sent to the nursing admission office. Evaluation of qualifications will determine eligibility. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is necessary for admission consideration. All transfer courses fulfilling the prerequisites are required to have a grade of C or higher (2.0). All science prerequisites must have been completed within the last five years (prior to start date of intended ABSN admission). If not, the science prerequisite must be repeated. Human Nutrition must be completed within 7 years.

General Admission Criteria

  1. Applicants to the ABSN program must have graduated from a regional accredited college or university baccalaureate program. A bachelor degree earned from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by IERF (International Education Research Foundation).
  2. Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or higher; a maximum of two in-progress courses are allowed by the application deadline.
    1. Science prerequisites must have a four-unit value or higher and have been completed within the last five years (prior to start date of intended ABSN admission) and must include lab portions.
    2. Human Nutrition must have been completed within the last seven years.
  3. Transfer credit will be awarded for approved general studies courses.
  4. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA. Cumulative GPA refers to the combination of bachelor degree and classes taken after degree completion. Upon acceptance to the program, applicants must complete the following:
    Nursing Core Classes44
    Bioethics3
    Theology/Philosophy 6
    Additional Prerequisites and General Education courses74
    Total Units127
  5. The ABSN program is designed to be completed in four academic semesters (15 months). However, students must complete the entire program within two years from the time of program admission.
  6. Achievement of a TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 100 internet-based is required for applicants from foreign schools of nursing.
  7. Interviews are by invitation only; if selected, applicant must appear in person as no phone or video conference interviews will be given.

Admission Requirements

  1. Online (for new applicants), paper (for applicants reapplying), international application.
  2. A non-refundable domestic or international application fee (see Tuition and Fees).
  3. Two letters of recommendation.
  4. Statement of intent / personal essay (all essay questions must be answered and the statement should be at least 2 pages [maximum of 4 pages], typewritten, and double-spaced).
  5. Signed background check waiver form.
  6. Completed prerequisite plan form.
  7. All official college transcripts addressed to the Office of Admission, Attn: ABSN Program.

Entrance Requirements

Once the applicant has been admitted to the ABSN program and prior to the onset of classes, each student must provide:

  1. A current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) health care provider / professional Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card from the American Heart Association.
  2. Proof of individual, current malpractice insurance, e.g., California Nursing Association (CNA) or the Nursing Service Organization (NSO).
  3. Current immunization status and complete health requirements (see health policy for nursing student).
  4. A current California’s driver’s license to travel to clinical sites and required automobile insurance.
  5. A bachelor’s degree earned from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by IERF (International Education Research Foundation).
  6. Background check completed.
  7. Health care insurance.

Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) Admission Policy and Requirements

General Admission Guidelines

Admission to the RN to BSN program is based upon consideration of the completed online application form, official college transcripts, letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a personal plan to complete all prerequisites before classes begin; supporting documents should be sent to the nursing admission office.  Evaluation of qualifications will determine eligibility. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is necessary for admission consideration. All transfer courses fulfilling the prerequisites are required to have a grade of C (2.0) or higher.  

General Admission Criteria

  1. Candidates for the RN to BSN program must have completed a registered nurse (RN) program in an accredited community college and must have a current and clear license to practice nursing in the state of California. A bachelor’s degree earned from outside the U.S. must be evaluated by IERF (International Education Research Foundation).
  2. Candidates must bring 58-78 units of associate’s degree education completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher. Science courses must have a 4-unit value or higher and include lab portions.
  3. Transfer credit will be awarded from approved general studies courses; support courses are evaluated upon application to the program.
  4. Upon acceptance to the program, students will complete 34 units of core course work plus 6-15 units of required support classes and electives for a total of 120 units. The program is designed to be completed in 15 months full-time or 2 years part-time. However, students must complete the entire program within 3 years from the time of program admission.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must submit the following to the RN to BSN admission office:

  • Complete online-application
  • A non-refundable application fee (see Tuition and Fees) with the check payable to “Concordia University Irvine” (online payments are currently not available).
  • Statement of intent
  • Completed prerequisite plan form
  • Two letters of recommendations
  • All official transcripts
  • A signed background check waiver form

Entrance Requirements

Once the applicant has been admitted to the RN to BSN program and prior to the onset of classes, each student must provide:

  1. Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) health care provider / professional Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card from the American Heart Association.
  2. Proof of individual, current malpractice insurance, e.g., California Nursing Association (CNA) or the Nursing Service Organization (NSO).
  3. Current immunization status and complete all health requirements (see health policy for nursing student).
  4. Current California’s driver’s license to travel to clinical sites including required automobile insurance.
  5. Completed background check.
  6. Health care insurance.
  7. Proof of current RN licensure (except for dual enrollment students as described below).

Dual Enrollment Option

Potential students who may qualify for this option are students currently in good standing in an associate degree nursing (ADN) program and have taken/are taking the courses needed to matriculate through that program. Identified courses can be taken after completing their second semester at the ADN level. Qualified applicants who enroll in the RN to BSN program via the associate program enrollment option will be issued provisional acceptance with complete acceptance pending graduation from the associate degree in nursing program and successful completion of the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse).

Additional Criteria Specific to Dual Enrollment

The application process is the same as for the RN to BSN program with the following exceptions:

  • Applicants must obtain a nursing license within the first semester of ADN (associate degree in nursing) graduation.
  • Concordia University will obtain an additional recommendation stating the applicant is in good academic standing from the associate program in which the student is enrolled.

Course Requirements

Courses previously taken may apply as credit towards some of the program’s requirements and will be evaluated upon application to the program. Approved transfer courses, prerequisites, general education, and nursing supportive courses are as follows:

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses require a grade of C (2.0) or higher; a grade lower than C may be repeated once before acceptance to the program.  Rarely a provisional acceptance maybe allowed at the discretion of the program director.

Human Anatomy with lab4
Human Physiology with lab4
Microbiology with lab4

General Education Requirements      

The associate degree meets most of the general education requirements for the program. If a student does not have an associate degree Concordia’s general education requirements apply (see Traditional Undergraduate General Catalog).

Support Courses

All required supportive courses can be taken elsewhere (other than Theology) and transferred before or during program matriculation. Students wishing to take a course(es) elsewhere for transfer as a substitution must apply with the nursing department for approval. Supportive courses require a grade of C (2.0) or higher; a grade lower than C may be repeated twice.

Chemistry with lab4
General Psychology3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (life to death component)3
Nutrition3
Sociology or Anthropology3
Statistics (must be taken before research course)3
NUSA 207Pharmacotherapeutics (or equivalent transfer) *2
NTHL 101Foundations of Christian Theology3
THL 201History and Literature of the Old Testament3
or NTHL 202 History and Literature of the New Testament
Total Units27
*

If an incoming student’s previous pharmacology course is deemed inadequate they will be required to take NUSA 207.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Application Requirements

Admission of nursing students is based upon consideration of the completed online application form.  All applications should be completed online with supporting documents and sent to gradadmissions@cui.edu.  Evaluation of qualifications will determine eligibility. In addition to the CUI admission requirements, applicants to the blended online Master of Science in Nursing program with an emphasis on the nursing educator’s role must: 

  1. Submit a MSN program application checklist.
  2. Submit a graduate application for admission.
  3. Payment of a nonrefundable application fee (see Tuition and Fees). 
  4. Provide evidence of graduation from an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  5. Submit official transcript(s) reflecting completion of nursing research, statistics, health assessment, and pathophysiology with a grade of C or better.
  6. Submit a copy of current unrestricted registered nursing license from state of residence.
  7. Submit a letter of intent with a written 2-page essay of personal, professional, and educational goals for becoming a nurse educator and/or nurse leader.
  8. Submit a resume showing recent registered nursing experience.
  9. Provide a minimum of 2 professional letters of recommendation.

Entrance Requirements

Once an applicant has been admitted to the MSN program and before classes begin, they must:

  1. Complete a MSN Prerequisite Support Courses and Transfer Intent worksheet.
  2. Provide proof of bachelor-level courses that include nursing research, statistics, health assessment, and pathophysiology (with a minimum GPS of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale) that are equivalent to those offered at Concordia University's undergraduate nursing program.
  3. Meet with the nursing program director and/or MSN program assistant director and the admission counselor to discuss program and research opportunities.

Transfer Units

Transfer units will be accepted from institutions that are regionally accredited for advanced statistics, advanced health and physical assessment, advanced pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology. Additionally, these 3 advanced "P" courses must be taken from a CCNE accredited nursing program.

Theology Courses

MSN 551 Religions in the World/America and MSN 552 Advanced Healthcare Ethics must be taken at CUI.

One semester prior to starting clinical coursework, students must provide the following:

  1. A current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) health care provider and Professional Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPS) card from the American Hearth Association.
  2. Proof of individual, current malpractice insurance ($1,000,000/$3,000,000).
  3. Copy of current state of California nursing license.
  4. Proof of computer competency in Microsoft Word, spread sheets, Power Point, electronic searches, and internet resources.
  5. Proof of background check.
  6. Current immunization status and completion of all health care requirements (see health policy for nursing students).