- Flexible Web-Based Programs
- About the Program
- The Curriculum
- Admissions Information
- Self-Directed Learning Activities
- Preceptored Clinical Experiences
- Weekend Seminars
- Student Assessment
- FNP Program Overview Video
Flexible Web-Based Programs Designed for Busy Nursing Professionals
The Western University Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) 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 CCNE-accredited 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 the supervision of an approved preceptor
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About the Program
Western University’s integrated Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program provides comprehensive preparation for baccalaureate-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.
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.
With the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit) the MSN/FNP curriculum consists of 65 semester units. CGN 5000 is Mandadory 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. Full-time students complete the program in two years. An extended track option is available which students complete the program in three years. Each course listed under each semester is taken concurrently and NOT one course at a time
Please click on the links below to view the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester):
Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) Curriculum (**p. 85, CGN catalog)
Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) Curriculum *Extended Track Option
*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.
**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 more information regarding the Master of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN/FNP) curriculum, please contact:
Diana Lithgow, PhD, FNP-C, RN
Professor of Nursing
Director of MSN/FNP Program
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Nursing
For more information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN/FNPadmissions 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 Counselor: Chris Calzada at (909)706-3873.
Self-Directed Learning Activities
The World Wide Web provides a unique opportunity to offer students individualized learning experiences that would be impossible through other media. Online discussion forums and e-mail also provide important lines of communication and support among distance learners, faculty, and other program personnel.
Preceptored Clinical Experiences
A clinical component is scheduled during each semester to provide students with an opportunity to apply their learning in the clinical work setting. Students are supervised by a local preceptor who is responsible for assuring that the student is provided with adequate and appropriate learning experiences as close to home as possible. This partnership between the academic and clinical settings not only results in a well prepared family nurse practitioner, but positions the student for employment opportunities after graduation. Students should plan to spend approximately 8 to 16 hours per week in a clinical setting. For more information, please visit the Clinical Experiences web page.
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, group project work, and clinical training and testing. 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.