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 four tracks for the MSN portion of the curriculum:
Health Systems Leadership-Administrative Nurse Leader
This program will provide you with the latest knowledge and applied skills to be an effective leader in today's complex health-care environment. Today's health-care systems require nurse leaders who can integrate experience, knowledge, research, and technology and effectively work in an inter-professional team.
Health Systems Leadership-Clinical Nurse Leader
In practice, the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations. This master's degree-prepared clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care. The CNL is a leader in the health-care delivery system who evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and makes population-based health-care decisions.
Ambulatory care nursing is a unique realm of nursing practice that takes place in the outpatient, ambulatory-care setting. It is characterized by rapid, focused assessments of patients, long-term nurse/patient/family relationships, and teaching and translating prescriptions for care into doable activities for patients and their caregivers in the outpatient setting.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Nurse practitioners are primary-care providers that offer high-quality and cost-effective care to their patients. Their skills include performing physical examinations, implementing minor medical procedures (such as casting), treating illnesses, and prescribing medications. Nurse practitioners are different from other primary-care providers because they focus on wellness promotion and illness prevention from holistic, family, and community perspectives.
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
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.