Excel in the nursing profession.

University of the Pacific’s Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) degree prepares you for a rewarding career in nursing.  The accelerated program develops future nursing leaders who can contribute to various aspects of the nursing profession, from education and practice to health policy and community health.

Hands-on experience and internships

Collaborative and interdisciplinary program

State of the art facilities at Pacific’s Sacramento campus 

Program at a Glance

Why choose a master's degree in nursing?
  • Potential for leadership roles
  • Helping to ease the nursing shortage
  • More career choices, such as teaching
  • Provides a path to a doctorate
Photo shows two nursing students at Pacific's School of Health Science working with a manikin.

Mission Statement 

To educate nursing professionals as socially conscious leaders to improve health and promote equity.

The mission will be achieved through innovative education, community engagement, and inter-professional and evidence-based practice.



1. Prepare professional nurses to deliver safe, equitable, patient-centered care with cultural humility to improve healthcare outcomes of diverse clients, families, and communities.

2. Lead and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to advance healthcare.

3. Prepare nurse leaders to utilize evidence-based practice, innovation, health policy, and population health science to improve the health of communities.

4. To prepare professional nurses to actively engage in mindfulness and self-reflection to promote personal health and well-being.



The Pacific nursing program, as a community partner, collaborates to advance nursing education, practice, health policy, equity, and inclusion.



  • Academic excellence
  • Compassion
  • Community collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Lifelong learning
  • Leadership


Professional Nursing Standards and Guidelines 

The curriculum utilizes external professional standards, including The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2008), The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011),  Interprofessional Education Collaborative Expert Panel, Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice (2011), and the California Board of Registered Nursing requirements (CCR 1426 ).

  • A state-of-the-art clinical skills and simulation center where students gain the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors to be “practice-ready” professional nurses
  • “Real life” learning in simulation scenarios using mid-and high fidelity mannikins
  • Clinical partnerships within the region to fulfill clinical hours required for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) by the California Board of Registered Nursing
  • Inter-professional practice experiences with students in the various health science programs
  • A 225-hour clinical immersion experience with a nurse preceptor in the final trimester
  • Licensure preparation with practice exams throughout the program
Dr. Ann Stoltz - Department Chair and Program Director of the ELMSN program

"We're excited to welcome students to the Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELMSN) Program at the University of the Pacific. We have a contemporary curriculum based on best practices and have built a state-of-the-art learning and simulation laboratory. Additionally, the nursing department is joining nine other programs in the School of Health Science where students can learn with and from other healthcare professionals. This makes for a robust and dynamic learning environment where graduates can confidently enter the profession with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful professional nurses.

– Ann Stoltz, Department Chair and Program Director,  Nursing Program


Nursing Admissions

Pacific’s Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing degree is uniquely designed for students who have a BA or BS in a non-nursing degree and have completed all required program prerequisites.

Read our Admissions information for everything you need to know about prerequisites, how to apply, and more.

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You will work with faculty experts to acquire the skills and knowledge in the Board of Registered Nursing content areas for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) and in graduate core courses. You will also engage with other health science faculty/students in inter-professional education activities.


Our graduates are well-positioned to become leaders and competent nurse clinicians who promote improved patient care outcomes through organizational and systematic change and participate in inter-professional practice with an evidence-based approach. 

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Abbott Fund Partnership

Pacific has partnered with the Abbott Fund to combat the diabetes crisis in Stockton. The Abbott Fund Scholars program was created to support aspiring health care professionals who will work with Stockton communities. Qualifying ELMSN students will receive a scholarship for at least 50% of tuition.

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Regional Accreditation

University of the Pacific is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). WSCUC reaffirmed Institutional Accreditation in June 2019. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2027.

State Accreditation

The Entry Level Master of Science in Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)

National Accreditation

The master’s degree program in nursing at University of the Pacific is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

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