Mount Saint Mary's University

Los Angeles, CA 90049

Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU) is a private Catholic university founded in 1925. It was originally established primarily for female students and continues to enroll mostly women. In fact, about 95% of undergrad students are female. The school has expanded over the years and now includes two campuses in Brentwood and Doheny near downtown LA. However, the campuses are set in a rural area with gorgeous scenery. In 2017, MSMU was recognized by Money Magazine as the top US college for value and ranked number one by the New York Times for private colleges that offer economic mobility to students.

The nursing program has been offered since 1928. The BSN program is a three-year program that requires students to complete prerequisite classes through other colleges or universities. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and qualify to earn a California Public Health Nursing Certificate. As MSMU is located near downtown LA, students have the opportunity to earn real-world experience at busy Los Angeles-area hospitals. Along with the traditional BSN program, MSMU offers an RN to BSN program, an accelerated BSN program, and an MSN program with four specialty tracks, including Nurse Educator, Leadership and Administration, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Post-MSN Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certificate. All programs are accredited by the CCNE.


Campus LocaleCity: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate79%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. RN to BSN
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. LPN to BSN
  5. LPN to ADN
  6. ADN

    Mount St. Mary's College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college which provides a values-based undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative programs for professional men and women on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The Mount is the only Catholic college primarily for women in the Western United States.

    Admissions Requirements

    • Admission to the Nursing program is based upon consideration of the completed application form, the student's academic achievement, personal statement and two satisfactory recommendations from individuals.
    • Overall GPA of 2.75 and a Science GPA of 2.5

    For complete information, please see the college's ADN student Handbook for Details.

    LVNs who meet the admission requirements for the program must also possess a current LVN license in good standing.

    Candidates with previous Registered Nursing education may be given transfer credit for previous nursing courses equivalent to the Nursing Department courses. 


  7. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)

    The Mount St. Mary’s College Master of Science in Nursing, program is designed to encourage personal and professional development.

    It is intended to prepare nurses who intend to work in the nursing field to offer students a range of mobility and better career options.  The different graduate specialties develop core theoretical knowledge and practical skills required for practice at the graduate level. The program includes foundational courses in nursing theory, health policy, nursing research, ethical practice and healthcare systems financing.

    The curriculum is a rigorous program which intends to strengthen the ability of students to work with a health care setting. Specific courses and pre-requisite examinations may be required for specific graduate tracks. Applicants who are deemed to be insufficiently prepared may be required to sit for special examinations to meet undergraduate pre-requisites.  

    Admission Requirements

    1. Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university
    2. Official transcripts for all coursework completed at the undergraduate and graduate level
    3. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional referees
    4. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (as required)
    5. Scores for the California Basic Educational Skills Test
    6. Health clearance (tuberculosis clearance included)
    7. Admission interviews with admissions committee  

    Graduates from all tracks are eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the National Board on Certification and Re-certification.


Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's degree 103
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 181
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Nursing Administration Master's degree 4
Clinical Nurse Specialist Master's degree 7
Nursing Education Master's degree 4
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Post-master's certificate 0
Clinical Nurse Specialist Post-master's certificate 1

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Mount Saint Mary's University

Charles R Drew University of Medicine and Science
17.37 miles away
Homestead Schools
20.31 miles away
Biola University
29.2 miles away
Azusa Pacific University
34.04 miles away
Western University of Health Sciences
41.94 miles away
Vanguard University of Southern California
44.07 miles away
Concordia University-Irvine
48.48 miles away
Brandman University
50.32 miles away
California Baptist University
61.28 miles away
Loma Linda University
69.77 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission
04/30/1952 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading410 to 510
SAT: Math410 to 510
SAT: Writing400 to 500
ACT Composite17 to 22
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$24,412
30k to 48k$24,364
48k to 75k$36,397
75k to 110k$30,727
Over 110k$33,931
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $794.00 $794.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $854.00 $854.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Non-resident alien
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Mount Saint Mary's University
12001 Chalon Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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