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Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Overview

The Touro University California post-licensure Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) program is 18 months in length and students complete 46 units.  Classes are held one weekday evening each week with one required Sunday each month. 


The TUC School of Nursing MSN program does not prepare students to become Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL).  The CNL competencies are employed throughout the MSN curriculum to develop the nurse leader (NL) role in quality and safety improvement in the clinical setting.  While not explicitly preparing students for the CNL exam, students may choose to sit for the national examination for the CNL at the completion of the program. 

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Ready to apply?  The sections below will provide you with all of the information you need to submit your application!

Application Process

All applications to the Touro University California School of Nursing are submitted through the Central Application Service for Nursing (NursingCAS).  Please read through all of the material on this page prior to accessing the NursingCAS application to assure you have assembled all required information and materials.

To access and complete the application:

  • Visit the NursingCAS website
    • Select "Fall 2022"
    • Click on "Apply"
  • Sign in or create an account
  • After creating an account/logging in, click on the "Add Program" tab, search for Touro University California, then select the ADN to MSN program
  • Click on the "My Application" tab, then work through the four sections of the application
    • Personal Information
    • Academic History
    • Supporting Information
    • Program Materials 
  • Click on the "Submit Application" tab and follow the instructions to submit your application

Important School Entry and Transcript Information: Before your application can be considered complete, NursingCAS requires that you enter information and unofficial transcripts for all schools you have attended.  After submission of your NursingCAS application, Touro will only require official transcripts as indicated on our website.  

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted to and verified by NursingCAS by no later than July 1, 2022.   

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Requirements

Prior to matriculating, candidates applying to the ADN to MSN program must have earned an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent (see Graduates of Foreign Institutions below) and must have completed a minimum of 72 semester units or 108 quarter units of degree applicable coursework, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.  No specific coursework (e.g., Chemistry) is required.


Individuals who have met all application requirements and permanently reside in the United States at the time of application, inclusive of DACA recipients, are permitted to apply and matriculate at Touro University California.  Currently, TUC does not accept international students.

Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid is limited to US Citizens and US Permanent Residents. Candidates applying without US Citizenship or Permanent Residency are strongly encouraged to explore financing options before proceeding with the application process.  Additional information may be viewed by visiting the Eligibility Requirements section of the Financial Aid website

Professional Licensure and Experience

Professional licensure as a Registered Nurse or eligibility to sit for licensure is required prior to matriculation.  Applicants will be required to submit either a copy of their RN license or a statement detailing how they plan to become licensed.  Preference will be given to candidates who have obtained at least one year of clinical experience.

Required Transcripts

Applicants to this program are required to upload unofficial transcripts via NursingCAS for the following institutions: 

  • Institution which granted (or will grant) the Associate’s Degree in Nursing
  • Institutions attended following completion of the ADN degree program for any additional health related degree programs and coursework.
  • International Transcript Evaluation (if applicable).
    • If the evaluation is available at the time of submission, it should be uploaded with the NursingCAS application; otherwise, it should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.  Refer to Graduates of Foreign Institutions below for details.

Transcripts must be uploaded as PDF documents in the Academic History section of the application and they must be legible.  Screen shots, photos, or any other document types will not be accepted and will cause the application to be delayed. 

Transcripts must document completion (or pending completion) of a minimum of 72 semester units or 108 quarter units of degree applicable coursework.  Transcripts from non-health related degree programs are not required and should not be submitted.  If accepted into the program, official transcripts will be required.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required.  One letter must be from a current or previous nursing supervisor; the second letter may be from any other source, excluding family members.

Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions

Graduates and students of foreign institutions are invited to apply provided they satisfy the eligibility requirements provided above. Degrees and coursework completed outside the United States must be evaluated by an approved evaluation service.  Details regarding Touro University California requirements for Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions may be found on our Graduates and Students of Foreign Institutions page.

NursignCAS maintains a direct integration with World Education Services, Inc, the preferred evaluation agency of Touro University California, which enables electronic transmission of your evaluation directly to NursingCAS.  If you wish, you may use one of the other two TUC approved evaluation agencies listed via the link above.  Directions for requesting/submitting your evaluation to Nursing CAS may be found under the Foreign and French-Canadian Transcripts section of the NursingCAS help center (accessing the help center requires an applicant account).    

Application Review

Representatives of the Admissions Committee review the applications of all candidates who submit all required materials prior to the posted deadline to determine whether or not they should be accepted into the program.  Selection criteria include, but are not limited to academic performance, professional experience, and fit-to-mission.


Applications are reviewed and decisions rendered within two weeks following receipt and verification of all application materials.  Candidates may be accepted, assigned to the wait list, or denied. After initial Offers of Admission have been made, additional offers will be made to candidates assigned to the wait list as needed to fill vacancies in the cohort.  Accepted candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $500.00 to secure their seat in the cohort.

Multiple Deposit Policy

Applicants to Touro University California (TUC) may also choose to apply to and submit seat deposits for other programs located within TUC or the greater Touro College and University System (TCUS).  TUC applicants who have deposits at one or more TUC or other TCUS programs will be given until April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) to decide which program they wish to attend and will be required to withdraw from all other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.  TUC applicants who are accepted and who submit seat deposits after April 15th (for Summer starts) or June 1st (for Fall starts) will be required to immediately withdraw from any other TUC/TCUS program to which they have deposited.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

The MSN program requires specific immunizations which cannot be waived. In addition, a background check is required prior to matriculation to verify eligibility for clinical rotations. For further information regarding these requirements, please refer to our Post-Acceptance Requirements page.

Admissions Office Correspondence with Candidates

Unless otherwise noted, all correspondence is conducted via email. Please be certain that you are able to receive emails from @tu.edu addresses and be sure to monitor your junk mail folder for errant messages.


Non-Discrimination Policy

Touro University California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy or childbirth), gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, veteran status, or any other status characteristic protected by applicable laws in employment, or in admission, treatment or access to educational programs or activities.

To the extent provided by law, the university will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities which meet the legal standards for documentation, whenever the individual is otherwise qualified to safely perform all essential functions of the position and meet the academic program technical standards.

This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Clery Act of 1998.  For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies.  Please note that contact information listed here is for discrimination inquiries only.  Please contact the Office of Admissions for admissions related inquiries.

Kathy Lowe
Director of Human Resources and Title IX Coordinator
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5806

Dr. Steven Jacobson
Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5226

Dr. James Binkerd
Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Touro University California
1310 Club Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
(707) 638-5883





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