A Week in the Life of Distance Nursing Student

Our web-based programs allow you to work part-time or full-time while completing your education. While in the program, you can put in a good work week, spend time with family, complete clinical hours, participate in course discussions, carve out time for studying, and even take a family vacation.

WesternU SHPEP students gain hands-on experience in the nursing simulation lab during a week-two rotation at WesternU. Students learned about giving an assessment to an adult, pediatric and OB patient then experienced a birth simulation.
Online Curriculum and Study Time

Case studies and lectures are posted online for review and study as are assigned readings from textbooks and journals. Through email and phone calls, you will be able to work with fellow classmates and receive guidance from faculty. You will discover that you make lasting bonds with your professors and classmates, even though you only come together in person once each semester.

On Campus Time (1 application-skills intensive per semester)

On campus time allows you to participate in application focused group-skills labs. During your visits to campus you will have the opportunity to perform and practice skills you will be applying in your clinical practice setting. On-campus time gives you an opportunity to meet faculty and classmates in person, so you can match faces with online personalities. This makes the distance-learning environment even more effective and enjoyable.

Nursing Skills Lab tudents gain hands-on experience
Clinical Practice-Based Experience

As a student in the ENP certificate, you will also complete clinical time as part of your curriculum

  • ENP – hours total 270
    • Semester 1 – 90 hours
    • Semester 2 – 180 hours
New Student Orientation

All students enrolled in the College of Graduate Nursing will be required to attend the University campus orientation in August prior to beginning classes their first year. During orientation, students will participate in both college and university sessions. Students will be provided with information regarding the orientation program. Students are welcome to invite their family members to attend the annual Convocation and White Coat ceremonies, which occur at the end of orientation week. Students will have the opportunity to purchase medical equipment, textbooks, and uniforms (if applicable) during the on campus Orientation/Welcome Week.