Program Information

Thank you for considering Touro University California(TUC) School of Nursing for your continuing education.  It is important that you find the most appropriate program that aligns with your nursing practice area, future career plans, and your family life. 

TUC provides a program that is delivered locally. Half of the program is face to face (one evening a week and one Sunday a month) with the remainder online.  The schedule is designed for working nurse and clinical hours may be conducted in the agency where the student is employed-if the health care facility agrees. Students have full access to the TUC campus on Mare Island including: technology support, library, student health services, and a faculty advisor to help guide and support students through their journey.

The TUC School of Nursing programs are an Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science Degree in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing to Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national exam for Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Certification and for Public Health Nursing Certification in California. 


The ADN to MSN is 18 months in duration.  The program starts every fall (around the first of August) and finishes the following December.  There are one-week breaks every 8-10 weeks; Otherwise, the program goes straight through the four semesters. The first semester focuses on the topics that meet The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and Community Health Nursing certification with a 90-hour community health nursing clinical.  

BSN to MSN  students join the program at the beginning of the second semester (January); the start of the graduate curriculum.

Students are provided with a faculty advisor that facilitates their progress through the program.  The faculty advisor and the student agree on a preceptor and the student starts clinical hours with a focus on leadership. The total number of required clinical hours for certification as a CNL is 400 with the majority (310) in the final semester of the program.  The culminating experience is a Quality Improvement Project with an associated scholarly paper and poster presentation.

What is a CNL?

The AACN (2007) defines the CNL as “…a leader in the health care delivery system, not just the acute care setting but in all settings in which health care is delivered. The implementation of the CNL role, however, will vary across settings. The CNL role is not one of administration or management. The CNL assumes accountability for client care outcomes through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate client plans of care. The CNL is a provider and manager of care at the point of care to individuals and cohorts of clients within a unit or health care setting. The CNL designs, implements, and evaluates client care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the care provided by the point of care to individuals and cohorts. The CNL designs, implements, and evaluates client care by coordinating, delegating and supervising the care provided by the health care team, including licensed nurses, technicians, and other health professionals.”

For more information on the role of the CNL and the Future of Nursing please visit:

The Future of Nursing IOM Report

What is a Clinical Nurse Leader?

AACN White Paper on the Education and Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader

AACN CNL Competencies and Curricular Expectations

Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

After previewing the materials on this website you may request an individual information session by contacting Administrative Coordinator Monica McFadden at 707-638-5846 or