From the info session I attended last Fall, I understood that the EL-BSN/MSN program would lead to the CNS specialty. Then, upon completing the program, we'd be able to transition into the NP post-master's certification without having to reapply.
Becoming a CNS is not a prerequisite for becoming a NP. For example, if I had completed an A-BSN program, gotten experience, then applied to NP MSN programs, that would have worked. The difference with CSULB's EL-BSN/MSN program (so I was informed) was that is was geared specifically to produce clinical nurse specialists, not nurse practitioners. However, if we chose to stick around, as CSULB grad students, we'd be able to complete the NP post master's without having to reapply.
When pandora12 posted that she was in the FNP track, that surprised me because from what I remember, we would have to complete the CNS coursework before transitioning to the NP post-master's. So my question then became, after finishing the BSN, are we able to choose the track we want to pursue--rather than the preset CNS track. I hope that makes sense haha
I think that having the CNS training will be helpful for managing acute patients and I wouldn't mind the extra training before completing my ultimate goal of becoming a NP--especially if the NP classes are as disappointing as pandora12 says. After getting the MSN, we can get the post-master's anywhere else if there is a better program out there.