it's really not "general" it's a master's in nursing, you can focus on CNS and I think now they have an option to do the FNP track too. 3 of my classmates opted to do the FNP track in our second year (that was the first year that they offered it to us) the rest of us got clinical nurse specialist (i think). A year after I graduated from the MSN program, I went and did a post-certification program and got my FNP. I went to SFSU for that too. I also got into USF, Samuel Marritt and few other schools but I chose to go to SFSU because it was cheap and I already knew the system. I had an excellent experience during my post-master program. I don't think it would be that hard. I would say most of my classmates are working as floor nurses, by choice, some are FNPs, some are doing case management, some work in outpatient clinic and some also teach clinicals. There is so much you can do with a RN license. It doesn't matter how you get it...BSN, MSN or ADN. I guess it ultimately what you want to do in the future. Plus make sure that you want to stay in California. Licensing is different in other states. The nursing profession is changing and they are changing a lot of requirements. I work at a facility that as of last year, any ADN nurses that get hired will need to go back to get their BSN. Currently ADN nurses are being asked to go back to school. Most management have to have a BSN or higher. A few colleges in this state have dropped their MSN program and encourage advance practice nurses to get their DNP. I am not sure what your goals are but it would help you decide on what degree you want. Plus, I think financial aid rather give/borrow money to a student who is getting a higher degree with a BA/BS than a student who is trying to get another BA/BS, (like Pell grants and scholarships).