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College of Graduate Nursing

Entry Level Masters Program (MSN-E)

About the Program

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.

The first sixteen months of the MSN-E program prepare students to sit for the RN licensing exam. Students will then work in the nursing field while continuing their graduate education through a full-time reduced unit curriculum.

A career in nursing offers talented individuals high job satisfaction, competitive salaries and job security. Job opportunities are nearly limitless due to the national shortage of nurses.

All existing College of Graduate Nursing programs are California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved, and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Curriculum

The College of Graduate Nursing offers three academic semesters per year to reduce the number of years required to complete graduate nursing education. The MSN-E program offers students three areas of emphasis: Health Systems Leaderhip – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL), Health Systems Leadership – Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) and Ambulatory Care (MSN-AMB). The pre-licensure portion is common to all three areas of emphasis.

Pre-licensure (RN Preperation Curriculum)

The pre-licensure portion of the curriculum is 61 semester units. Pre-licensure is full-time, campus-based, and completed in the first four semesters of the program. Please click on the link below to view the Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) Pre-Licensure Curriculum:

Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) Pre-Licensure Curriculum (*p. 54, CGN catalog)

*You can also access the curriculum grids by visiting the first page of the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog and scrolling to the respective page within the catalog or by clicking on the respective section in the Table of Contents.

Post-licensure (MSN Curriculum)

The post-licensure (MSN) portion of the curriculum varies in unit value depending on the emphasis. The post-licensure (MSN) curriculum begins in semester five of the program and students will enter one of the three areas of emphasis. In semester five, the curriculum becomes web-based and students are required to convene on campus two times each semester for an intensive weekend of instruction (weekend seminars). Below is a list of the three areas of emphasis. Please click on the links to view the curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester).
Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership – Administrative Nurse Leader

The MSN-E Administrative Nurse Leader program prepares you with the latest knowledge and applied skills to be an effective administrative leader 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. The curriculum consists of 38 semester units in addition to the 61 pre-licensure semester units for atotal of 99 semester units. The total curriculum can be completed in 3 years (9 semesters).

Master of Science in Nursing – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL) Curriculum (*p. 56, CGN catalog)


Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Health Systems Leadership – Clinical Nurse Leader

The MSN-E Clinical Nurse Leader program prepares you as an advanced generalist 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. The curriculum consists of 44 semester units in addition to the 61 pre-licensure semester units for a total of 105 semester units. The total curriculum can be completed in 3 years (9 semesters).

Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN-CNL) Curriculum (*p. 57, CGN catalog)


Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care Nursing

The MSN-E Ambulatory Care Nursing program prepares you in obtaining advanced clinical and leadership skills in primary ambulatory care or out-patient health care settings. 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 curriculum consists of 35 semester units in addition to the 61 semester pre-licensure units for a total of 96 semester units. The total curriculum can be completed in 3 years (9 semesters).

Master of Science in Nursing – Ambulatory Care (MSN-AMB) Curriculum (*p. 55, CGN catalog)

*You can also access the curriculum grids by visiting the first page of the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog and scrolling to the respective page within the catalog or by clicking on the respective section in the Table of Contents.

Please visit the Course Descriptions section within the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog to obtain course description information.

For information regarding the Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) curriculum, please contact:

Mary Lopez, PhD, RN
Director, RN to MSN and MSN-E Programs
E-mail: mlopez@westernu.edu

 
Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option

MSN-E students who wish to enter the FNP program will first receive their MSN degree and will be required to submit their Post-Masters FNP application. Students wishing to enter the FNP program immediately following completion of the MSN will be given a modified “in-house” application and will not be required to re-submit transcripts. Any student who chooses to re-apply at a later date will be expected to follow the same application process as listed on the Post-Masters FNP Requirements web page. MSN graduates will be required to have completed 2080 hours (1 year, full time) RN work experience prior to acceptance into the FNP program. All WesternU College of Graduate Nursing graduates will be given first consideration in the FNP program.

Admissions Information

For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN-E 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.