Designed for nurses with a masters degree in nursing, our two-year, full time program allows you to earn a doctoral degree while continuing in your practice. An extended 3 year curriculum is available.

Transforming health care, especially for vulnerable populations, recognizes the critical need for clinicians to design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context within which care is delivered. Nurses prepared at the doctoral level with a blend of practice, organizational, economic, and leadership skills are able to evaluate and apply clinical evidence and science to design systems of care delivery that are locally acceptable, economically feasible, and have significant impact on health care outcomes.

Flexible Web-Based Program

As the first college to develop a web-based nursing program, we are experienced in providing the support you need to succeed with distance learning. To provide flexibility and eliminate the need to commute daily to campus, we use:

  • Web-based curriculum and self-directed learning.
  • Weekend seminars at the Pomona, CA, campus twice per semester.
  • Clinical projects, including a culminating practice immersion project, completed in your own community.
Will this program meet my needs?

WesternU’s flexible web-based program leading to a DNP will meet your needs if you are:

  • A masters prepared nurse wishing to advance your career.
  • An advanced practice clinician, or in an advanced nursing role, and want to
    earn a doctorate while working and keeping your family commitments.
  • A masters prepared nurse who wants to develop expertise in the care of vulnerable populations.
  • A masters prepared nurse living in a rural area, small community, or on active military duty who needs the convenience of a web-based program.

We prepare our graduates to assume practice leadership roles in nursing and healthcare as: doctorally prepared clinicians, executives of healthcare organizations, directors of clinical programs, and faculty, among other roles.

Portrait of Ona Erdt

“The instructors are so down to earth, humble, understanding and supportive. The program is set up to allow the students to have a balance between work, school and family obligations. It is not just about lecturing and testing our knowledge, it is about teaching us to be the leaders in nursing, and for us it is about learning how to become confident leaders.”

– Danielle Blackwell, DNP

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.