Your associate degree brought you into a nursing career. A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree can help take your career to the next level. WesternU offers a direct pathway for nurses with an associate's degree to earn an MSN in two to three years without going back to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
WesternU's graduate nursing programs are designed for nurses who wish to continue working in their profession, keep family commitments, and live in their home community while pursuing a graduate education. You complete your academic curriculum primarily through the web and make two weekend visits (to our Pomona, CA campus) per semester for intensive seminars.
As an applicant, you will choose between three web-based distance tracks for the Associate Degree in Nursing to Master of Science in Nursing program:
Health Systems Leadership-Clinical Nurse Leader
This program prepares you as an advanced generalist at the point of care. The CNL is prepared to lead patient safety and quality improvement, evidence-based practice, risk reduction, and care coordination. The CNL works with interprofessional teams caring for a variety of patient populations in all practice settings.
Health Systems Leadership-Administrative Nurse Leader
This program prepares you with the latest knowledge and applied skills to be an effective administrative leader advancing better care, better health, and lower costs. Today’s health care systems require nurse leaders who can integrate experience, knowledge, research and technology to effectively lead at the unit, clinic or departmental level.
Ambulatory Care Nursing
This program prepares you in obtaining advanced clinical and leadership skills in primary ambulatory care or out-patient health care settings. The Ambulatory Care Nurse (ACN) coordinates care for a distinctive group of patients as well as actively engaging indirect patient care including telephonic triage. The ACN evaluates patient outcomes, assesses risk, and provides patient and staff education.
Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Option
ADN-MSN students who wish to enter the FNP program will first receive their MSN degree and will be required to submit their Post-Masters FNP application. Students wishing to enter the FNP program immediately following completion of the MSN will be given a modified “in-house” application and will not be required to re-submit transcripts. Any student who chooses to re-apply at a later date will be expected to follow the same application process as listed on the Post-Masters FNP Requirements web page. MSN graduates will be required to have completed 2080 hours (1 year, full time) RN work experience prior to acceptance into the FNP program. All WesternU College of Graduate Nursing graduates will be given first consideration in the FNP program.
Are you ready for distance learning? Take the College of Graduate Nursing's Distance Education Self-Assessment.
Why Choose WesternU? We offer:
- A rigorous program of study that produces graduates who are in demand and highly respected by their employers
- A flexible program that allows you to balance your work and family commitments with your education
- A program with the highest level of accreditation
- Top faculty experienced at facilitating distance learning
- Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students as colleagues; and fostering camaraderie among students
- Outstanding student support services for your distance education
- A chance to join the WesternU nursing alumni who share a lifelong connection with the University
Earning your MSN at WesternU will provide you with additional clinical experience, an increased knowledge base, increased respect from your community, supervisors, and peers, and enhanced leadership skills. With more hospitals seeking magnet status, nurses with an associate's degree will need BSN degrees at minimum, so why not receive your MSN in just two years and increase your career possibilities and earning potential?
There are many ways for you to visit campus to learn more about our programs and we encourage you to attend a WesternU Preview Day. We also invite you to sign up for our electronic mailing list and "like" us on Facebook.
View the College of Graduate Nursing website to learn more about the profession.