Our MSN-Entry program offers a path for graduates from non-nursing fields to obtain RN licensure in four semesters and then earn a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree through distance learning while working in the field.

As you complete your RN licensure you will choose between three tracks for the MSN portion of the curriculum:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ambulatory Care
    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

MSN-E 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.

Why choose WesternU? We have a nationally recognized program and offer:

  • A rigorous program of study proven to produce graduates who are in demand and highly respected in all service settings
  • A small, private, health-focused institution that fosters interprofessional learning
  • A college with the highest level of accreditation
  • Integrated clinical training that includes a high-tech simulation lab in the pre-licensure phase of the curriculum to help you develop clinical and communication skills
  • Experienced and clinically current faculty
  • A long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students with respect; and fostering camaraderie among students
  • Outstanding student support services including tutoring and disability resources
  • A diverse student body and rich array of student club and volunteer opportunities
  • A Southern California location with tremendous clinical training opportunities as well as access to
    major cultural and recreational resources
  • A chance to join WesternU's well-respected nursing alumni, who enjoy a lifelong connection with the University

Learn More and Stay Connected

We encourage you to visit our campus by attending an upcoming WesternU Preview Day to learn more about our program offerings and meet faculty and current students. For more information and to receive email reminders regarding application deadlines etc, please complete the information request form.

View the College of Graduate Nursing website to learn more about the profession, the college, and the curriculum. Also, stay connected and “Like” our College Facebook page and Admission Facebook page.