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Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Program Overview

The Touro University California post-licensure Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) to Master of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN) program is 12 months in length.  Students will complete a minimum of 33 units of coursework and will receive up to 13 units of transfer credit from their Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs; the BSN degree is worth a total of 46 units.  Classes begin each January and 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 "Spring 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 BDN 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 below.  

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted to and verified by NursingCAS by no later than December 28, 2021.   

Eligibility Requirements

Academic Requirements

Prior to matriculating, candidates applying to the BSN to MSN program must have earned a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or its equivalent (see Graduates of Foreign Institutions below) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.  No specific coursework (e.g., Chemistry) is required.

Professional Licensure and Experience 

Professional licensure as a Registered Nurse 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.


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

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 Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Institutions attended following completion of the BSN 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 the Bachelor's degree in Nursing (BSN).  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.   

Transfer Credit from other Nursing Programs 

The Touro University California Doctor of Nursing Practice/Family Nurse Practitioner program will consider granting transfer credit for previously completed coursework according to the following guidelines:  

  • A minimum of 2/3 of the units required for either degree program must be completed at Touro University California; the programs will currently accept up to 15 units of transfer credit.
  • A completed Request for Transfer Credit form must be uploaded within the Documents section of the NursingCAS application. 
  • Coursework is not automatically transferable from another institution of higher learning to Touro University California:
    • Each course must have been completed with a grade of C or better. 
    • Transferred coursework must be equivalent in content and level to the Touro coursework being waived. 
    • Transferred coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Upon receipt, the School of Nursing will review the request for transfer credit and transcripts.  If approved, the signed transfer credit form will be provided to the University Registrar and approved transfer credit will be applied to your academic record.

Please note that transfer credit will not be considered official (e.g., added to the student record) until the Transfer Credit form is signed by all parties.

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.






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