Examine the Curriculum

Graduates score in the 97% to 100% range on their national nurse practitioner certification exams and work in primary care clinics, private practice and specialty areas of their choice.

The curriculum is delivered primarily through the Web with just two weekend campus visits (to the Pomona, CA campus) per semester.

Review the Course Listing in our Catalog

For more detail regarding the curriculum, please review the course descriptions (PDF) in our University catalog.

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.

CGN students
Web-Based Curriculum for Working Professionals

The curriculum consists of three core components:

  1. Self-directed web-based courses that include assignments, exams, and online discussions where you will collaborate with faculty to achieve learning objectives.
  2. Intensive one- to three-day seminar weekends on campus (2 per semester) provide valuable time for you to interact one-on-one with faculty and your peers. The schedule includes clinical skill-building labs and testing, selected clinical experiences with faculty, lectures, student presentations and content assessments.
  3. Clinical Experiences are an integral part of the FNP curriculum. To learn more, please visit the FNP Clinical Experiences page.
Outstanding Academic Support

Caring about students and helping them achieve success is the hallmark of all WesternU faculty. Our nursing faculty are respected practitioners and scholars who keep pace with the latest teaching techniques and technology and are committed to helping you master the material.

The College of Graduate Nursing staff are also a great resource. Although you are studying at a distance, we work hard to connect with you to ensure you are on track to succeed in your courses and finish in a timely fashion.

Fredo Clermont, MSNFNP“There is no better place to obtain your advanced Nursing education than WesternU. You will be challenged and pushed intellectually. Being a graduate student is not an easy task by any stretch of imagination and having faculty members that make your success a priority goes a long way. Ultimately, WesternU prepares you for whatever may come next in your professional career.”

– Fredo Clermont, MSNFNP

The Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library and Bookstore are set up to support our students with textbook and academic research needs while the Computing Resources/Information Technology staff are available to our distance students for technical support. Electronic databases are available both on-campus and off-campus through the Library’s e-resources page.

The Office of Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD) is another resource for on-campus and prospective students. LEAD helps students connect academic success with wellbeing.  In individual counseling sessions, students learn time management, test taking, and studying strategies. LEAD facilitates training in managing stress, increasing focus, and professional skills. Also, LEAD offers academic writing support including review of APA formatting for scholarly papers.