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College of Graduate Nursing

Masters Completion


Flexible Web-Based Programs Designed for Busy Nursing Professionals

The Western University Master of Science in Nursing Completion (MSN) program is designed for advanced practice 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 two integrated elements:

 About the Program

 Western University’s Master of Science Degree in Nursing is designed for the experienced nurse who already has a BSN degree and certification as a family or specialty nurse practitioner. Full-time students can complete the program in one year. Part-time tracks are also available.

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.

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.

Weekend Seminars

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. The weekend of study begins on Friday morning and ends on Sunday.

Student Assessment

Student performance in each course is assessed through a combination of seminar participation, written and oral presentations, and objective examination. 

The Curriculum

With the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit), the Master in Nursing (MSN) curriculum consists of 30 semester units. 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.  Full-time students complete the program in one year. An extended track option is available which students complete the program in two years.

Please click on the links below to view the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Completion curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester):

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Completion Curriculum

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Completion 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.

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 (MSN) Completion curriculum, please contact:

Diana Lithgow, PhD, FNP-C, RN
Professor of Nursing
Director of MSN/FNP Program
Associate Dean, College of Graduate Nursing
E-mail: dlithgow@westernu.edu

Admissions Information

For information regarding the prerequisite coursework and 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.

Weekend Seminars

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.