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The College of Graduate Nursing Programs

Associate Degree to Masters (ADN to MSN)

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 (ANL), Health Systems Leadership – Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Ambulatory Care (AMB), or Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Entry Level Masters Program (MSN-E)

The Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) program offers a pathway for applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other fields to obtain RN licensure and then continue with graduate courses to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. This program of study offers an alternative for students who would have had to complete either an Associate Degree in Nursing at a community college or obtain a second bachelor’s degree to achieve registered nurse licensure.

Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL)

This graduate program provides a bachelor-prepared Registered Nurse with the latest knowledge and applied skills to be an effective administrative leader in advancing better care, better health, and lower costs. Today’s health care systems require nurse leaders who can integrate experience, knowledge, research and technology to effectively lead at the unit, clinic, or departmental level. This program combines the flexibility of on-line learning with seminar weekends to facilitate graduate education for professional nurses. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL)

This program is designed for bachelor-prepared Registered Nurses interested in becoming advanced generalists at the point of care. The CNL is prepared to lead patient safety and quality improvement, evidence-based practice, risk reduction, and care coordination. The CNL works with interprofessional teams caring for a variety of patient populations in all practice settings. This program combines the flexibility of on-line learning with seminar weekends to facilitate graduate education for professional nurses. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Ambulatory Care Nurse (MSN-AMB)

This program is designed for bachelor-prepared Registered Nurses interested in obtaining advanced clinical and leadership skills in primary ambulatory care or out-patient health care settings. Core courses include leadership, information technology, business practice issues, care coordination and education. In practice, the Ambulatory Care Nurse (ACN) coordinates care for a distinctive group of patients as well as actively engaging indirect patient care including telephonic triage. The MSN clinician critically utilizes current and relevant evidence to ensure safe delivery of quality patient care. This program combines the flexibility and convenience of on-line learning with seminar weekends to enhance graduate education for professional nurses. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Masters, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP)

Western University’s integrated Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program provides comprehensive preparation for bachelors prepared nurses who are looking for career mobility in today’s healthcare environment. Full-time students can complete the program in two years and a part-time option is three years. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Western University’s Post-Master Family Nurse Practitioner program is for nursing professionals who have an MSN. Full-time students complete the program in one year. To provide maximum scheduling and pacing flexibility while eliminating the need to commute daily to campus, the College of Graduate Nursing uses a combination of self-directed learning activities, collaborative projects, and intensive weekend seminars. Full-time and extended track options are available.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Western University’s DNP program provides comprehensive preparation for nursing at the highest level of practice. The practice doctorate is firmly established as the terminal degree in nursing practice. The DNP prepares students for the expanding role, functions and needs of future practice. Transforming health care delivery recognizes the critical need for clinicians to design, evaluate, and continuously improve the context in which care is delivered. Nurses prepared at the practice doctoral level with a blend of clinical, organizational, economic, and leadership skills, will be able to significantly impact health care outcomes. DNP graduates will practice in diverse leadership roles in a variety of settings, designing the future health care system, managing population-based and clinical quality initiatives, as executives of healthcare organizations, as directors of clinical programs, and as faculty responsible for nursing educational program delivery and clinical teaching. Full-time and extended track options are available.