Accelerate and Excel in Nursing.

University of the Pacific is expanding its health science programs on the Sacramento campus to offer an accelerated graduate nursing degree program. The Program will be an Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Program (ELMSN). This program is uniquely designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree in any field who seek an accelerated pathway to become licensed as a nurse and attain a Master of Science degree in nursing.

This program will prepare professionals for high-demand careers in leadership, population health, patient care and public health nursing. Our curriculum will include a diabetes management concentration and inter-professional instruction across our three campuses.

The Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Program is actively seeking approval by the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) to launch the Program in  2022. The program has received approval of a feasibility study and has submitted a self-study which documents how the ELMSN Program meets all of the BRN regulations. Following BRN approval students can submit their application.

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Dean of the School of Health Sciences
Dr. Nicoleta Bugnariu

“This accelerated graduate nursing program will prepare competent nurses that will not only improve patient care outcomes, but further serve as leaders, change agents, and future faculty.”

Nicoleta Bugnariu
Karen Hanford
Director of Nursing Program
Dr. Karen Hanford

The program is anticipating its official launch in 2022. The Director has established a regional advisory board of nurse leaders and experts to assist with planning and the curriculum.

The new nursing program will become the ninth health science program within the School of Health Sciences (SHS). Working with other health science students, nursing students will engage in Inter Professional Practice experiences throughout the Program.

Program Goals

  • Prepare competent nursing professionals to deliver patient-centered care who engage in improving systems of care to improve healthcare outcomes of clients, families and the communities they serve.
  • Advance the scholarship of nursing.
  • Lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to address population health needs.

  • Apply quality improvement principles in care delivery.

  • Prepare nurse leaders to effectively lead innovation and change across multiple healthcare settings.