Mount Saint Mary's University
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 LocaleLarge City|
|Number of Students3,226|
|Student to Faculty Ratio11:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation |
|On Campus HousingYes|
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.
- 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.
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.
- Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university
- Official transcripts for all coursework completed at the undergraduate and graduate level
- Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional referees
- Scores for the Graduate Record Examination (as required)
- Scores for the California Basic Educational Skills Test
- Health clearance (tuberculosis clearance included)
- 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 (2017-2018 academic year)
|Number of Graduates|
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
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||920 to 1120|
|ACT||16 to 21|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended|
|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|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$861/credit|
|In State Students||$861/credit|
|Out of State Students||$861/credit|
|In District Students||$905/credit|
|In State Students||$905/credit|
|Out of State Students||$905/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Mount Saint Mary's University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||2%||$2,227|
|State Grant & Scholarships||43%||$8,030|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||98%||$17,006|
|Federal Student Loans||95%||$3,764|
$28,910Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$25,619|
|$30,001 to $48,000$26,321|
|$48,001 to $75,000$28,060|
|$75,001 to $110,000$29,511|
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Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
- California State PTA Continuing Education Scholarship for School Nurses
- FNSNA Promise of Nursing Scholarships
- Licensed Vocational Nurse to Associate Degree Nursing Scholarships
- Associate Degree Nursing Scholarship Program
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing Scholarship Program
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and California state board of nursing.