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The Western University Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for nurses who wish to continue working in their profession, keep family commitments, and live in the same community while pursuing a graduate education. This benefit is especially convenient for students living in rural areas, small communities, or on active military duty. This program consists of three integrated elements:
- Web-based curriculum
- Weekend sessions at the Pomona, California campus twice per semester
- Clinical training in your own community under supervision of an approved preceptor
Your Associate Degree brought you into the profession of nursing. Now, earn your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) without the extra step of going back to school for a BSN.
Our ADN to MSN program is for the Associate Degree Nurse who has their RN license and wishes to advance their professional career with an MSN that embraces an administrative or clinical focus with either the Health Systems Leadership - Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL), Health Systems Leadership - Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL), Ambulatory Care (MSN-AMB), or Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) track.
Our full-time web-based program will allow our ADN students to achieve their MSN in two to three years and increase their career trajectory and earning potential. This program combines the flexibility of web-based learning with seminar weekends to facilitate graduate education for the professional nurse. Full-time and part-time tracks are available.
Below is a list of the four areas of emphasis. Please note that the total semester units listed for each program emphasis includes the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit). CGN 5000 is Mandatory and offered through the College of Graduate Nursing during the summer prior to the start of the program in the fall. Please note that CGN 5000 is not covered under financial aid because it is a pre-program course and not part of the core curriculum. Please click on the links to view the curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester). The curriculum for all four areas of emphasis are offered in full-time and extended track options.
ADN to MSN with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership - Administrative Nurse Leader Track
The MSN-ANL curriculum consists of 49 semester units including the pre-program course CGN 5000 (1 unit):
ADN to MSN with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership - Clinical Nurse Leader Track
The MSN-CNL curriculum consists of 58 semester units including the pre-program course CGN 5000 (1 unit):
ADN to MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) Curriculum
ADN to MSN with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care Nursing Track
The MSN-AMB curriculum consists of 46 semester units including the pre-program course CGN 5000 (1 unit):
ADN to MSN - Ambulatory Care Nursing Curriculum
ADN to MSN with an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner Track
The MSN-FNP curriculum consists of 81 semester units including the pre-program course CGN 5000 (1 unit):
ADN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) Curriculum
*The extended track option is available for students that choose to take one additional year to complete the program. Students may choose the extended track option if they feel more time is needed to complete their education in order to meet career, family, and other outside commitments/obligations. The extended track is also a viable option for students who feel that the additional year will allow them to complete the program at a pace that better suits their learning goals. Students who choose the extended track option will still be eligible for financial aid.
Please visit the Course Descriptions section within the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog to obtain course description information.
For more information regarding the ADN to MSN curriculum, please contact:
Mary Lopez, PhD, RN
Director, RN to MSN and MSN-E Program
For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the ADN to MSN admissions information, or if you are ready you may submit an online application. If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Counselors: Julie Smith at (909) 469-5442, Michelle Cowling at (909) 469-5540, or Elaine Gonzalez at (909) 469-5337.
The World Wide Web provides a unique opportunity to offer students individualized learning experiences that would be impossible through other media. Online education provides an environment to facilitate critical thinking and interactive learning. Learning activities include discussion forums, group projects, presentations, and scholarly papers.
Twice during each semester, students are required to convene on campus for an intensive weekend of instruction. The weekend seminars provide an opportunity for faculty-student interaction, didactic instruction and demonstrations, student presentations, and group project work. To view Weekend Seminars and other important college-specific dates, please view the Academic Calendar.
Student performance in each course is assessed through a combination of seminar participation, written and oral presentations, and objective examination.