MSN Women's Health Care Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer a post master’s certificate program?

No. Through CSUF’s program, you will be earning a Master of Science, Nursing degree. If you have previously completed an MSN at another institution, you can petition to be waived out of any equivalent MSN courses in this program once admitted.

Do I need work experience to be eligible for admission?

If you are applying for the Women's Health NP emphasis, you must have at least 1 year of clinical RN work experience preferably in an OB/GYN setting. If you are applying for the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP emphasis, you must have at least 6 months of RN work experience in a Labor and Delivery setting. Since this program is impacted, no exceptions to the work experience requirement are made.

Is this program accredited?

Yes! California State University, Fullerton, is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). In addition, each degree program within the School of Nursing at CSUF is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Women’s Health Care Concentration is accredited by the American Commission of Midwifery Education (ACME) and is approved by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Graduates are eligible for certification by the State of California as a Nurse Midwife/NP or Nurse Practitioner. Graduates are also eligible to take the national certifying examination in Women's Health through the National Certification Corporation.

The Nurse Midwife Concentration is fully accredited by the ACNM Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) (formerly ACNM Division of Accreditation), and is approved by the National Certification Corporation (NCC). Graduates are eligible for the national certifying examination through the American Midwifery Certification Board and National Certification Corporation upon graduation.

What are the National Certifying Exam Pass Rates for CSUF graduates?

The overall pass rate for Nurse-Midwifery graduates on the AMCB exam in 2013 - 2016 is 100%. The overall pass rate for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner graduates on the NCC exam in 2013 - 2016 is also 100%. First time pass rates for the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner graduates on the NCC exam were 100% in 2013-2016 and for Nurse-Midwifery graduates 2009-2016 were 91%.

How many days per week will I attend class and clinical?

In general, you’ll be on campus 1-2 days per week for class. Usually Women's Health Care courses are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The specific day of the week classes are held may change each semester. Students register 2-3 months prior to each semester starting which allows students time to make any needed schedule changes to accommodate classes each semester.

In the first semester of clinical courses (the 2nd semester on the 2 year study plan or the 4th semester on the 3 year study plan), students will be in clinical 1 day per week. Subsequent semesters require 2-3 days of clinical with the final semester requiring an intensive 5 day per week clinical experience for 6 weeks.

Do I need to secure my own preceptor?

No. The School of Nursing has established placements for our Women's Health Care students and the Concentration Lead places students each semester. If you know a WHNP or CNM who would be willing to precept CSUF Women's Health Care students, please let us know. We are always exploring new placement opportunities for our students!

Do I have any options to take online classes?

Yes. Some of the core MSN courses are offered both face to face and online. Students can select their format of choice at the time they register.

How many students graduate from the Women's Health Care program?

In both 2014 and 2015, all students expected to graduate were successful in completing the program. In 2014, 11 students graduated; 5 in the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP emphasis (3 attended part-time, 2 attended full-time) and 6 in the WHNP emphasis (5 attended part-time, 1 attended full-time). In 2015, 9 students graduated; 6 in the Nurse-Midwifery/WHNP emphasis (3 attended part-time, 3 attended full-time) and 3 in the WHNP emphasis (1 attended part-time, 2 attended full-time).