College of Graduate Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – CNL, ANL, AMB


Meet the MSN-Health Systems Leadership (CNL, ANL) Administration & Support Staff

Jan BollerWelcome from your Health Systems Leadership Track faculty team (CNL, ANL) which includes Director Jan Boller, PhD, RN, who also leads the Administrative Nurse Leadership track, Assistant Director, Marci Luxenburg-Horowitz, who heads the Clinical Nurse Leadership track, and Professors Pat Callard, Carol Huie, Kathi Hempil, Sally Morgan, Carolyn Orlowski, and Rodney Hicks, DNP Director.

Masters Prepared Nurse Leaders do not leave the bedside as they move into their roles as clinical leaders of patient safety and quality (CNL), or in administrative capacities as Charge Nurse, Manager, Director, or even Executive.  Masters-prepared nurses specializing as health systems leaders have expertise in clinical practice, teaching, and translating the best evidence-based into practice, and are as comfortable at the bedside as they are in the boardroom, classroom, or community.

Marci Luxenburg-HorowitzHealth systems leaders cultivate and manage the clinical environments for excellence in health care, regardless of the type of health care setting. They work collaboratively with all members of the health care team, including patients and families and across all health care settings and communites to assure optimal patient and population outcomes.

Our philosophy is that all nurses are leaders. Leadership is in our DNA. This includes each and every student at the CGN. The most important thing is that we all work collaboratively together to provide nursing’s safety net for high quality and affordable care for all. 

Welcome from Health Systems Leadership (CNL, ANL)  and Ambulatory Care (AMB) Program Manager Shelby Rusu

Shelby RusuAs the MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) Program Manager I assist the students and the faculty for the MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) Program, and oversee many of the administrative processes. We will work together to make sure you meet all of the requirements of the Master of Science in Nursing degree. If you have a university, college or program question and you are not sure who to ask you can always start with me and I will work to either find the answer or get you in touch with the right person. I am looking forward to meeting you at Welcome Week, and supporting you throughout the MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) program. For MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) program-specific questions, you can contact me at srusu@westernu.edu.


Meet the MSN-Ambulatory Care (AMB) Administration

Diana LithgowWelcome from the MSN/Ambulatory Care team which includes Director Diana Lithgow, PhD, MSN, FNP and the Assistant Director Dawn Stone, MN, ANP. With the changes in healthcare and the creation of the Affordable Care Act, the role of the Ambulatory Care nurse is becoming even more essential. Your decision to get your MSN in Ambulatory Care is a good one, and we are here to give you the knowledge and clinical experience that you will need to succeed.



Dawn StoneYour education at WesternU will help you to become patient centered care coordinators in any ambulatory care setting. You will be influenced by a team of faculty that have the experience necessary to support you as you move through the Master’s program in the Ambulatory Care track, and a caring staff to help get you to the right resources. We welcome you to WesternU!



MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) Program Specific Orientation on August 3

As a new MSN student, you will obtain pertinent information about your program on Wednesday, August 5th from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. You will receive information about the program curriculum, clinical hours, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program director, faculty, and support staff. MSN students will report to Bartlett Theater on the first floor of the Health Professions Center (HPC) building.The address for the HPC building is listed below:

Nursing Science Center (NSC)
Conference Room, Second Floor

350 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766

MSN Program Agenda

IMPORTANT REMINDER: On Wednesday, August 3rd you will pick up your orientation packet for the week. Please make sure you bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID card, passport) to check-in and pick up your packet on August 3rd. New students will be required to show ID before participating in all Orientation/Welcome Week events. If you are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID on August 3rd, you will not be able to participate in any Orientation/Welcome Week events until you are able to do so. For more information about this policy, please visit the University’s Identity Verification Policy web page.

Directions & Parking Info for August 3 Program Orientation Day

You can obtain driving/parking directions to the WesternU campus from the California Campus – Welcome Week Orientation home page. The Directions to Campus page provides driving directions from the 10, 210, 60, and 71 freeways to Third Street. The WesternU campus is on the north side of Third Street.

The following is information for parking near the Nursing Science Center (NSC)  building. There are a few options:

Student Parking Lot 15 provides designated student parking spaces (marked WesternU) as shown on the Student Parking Map. From this lot, head west on Third St. and then south on Locust St. The Nursing Science Center (NSC) is on the north-east corner of Garey Ave. and Fourth St.

Student Parking Lot 20 is off of Third St. between Gibbs & Elm St. as shown on the Student Parking Map. From this lot, head west on Third St. and then south on Locust St. The Nursing Science Center (NSC) is on the north-east corner of Garey Ave. and Fourth St.

Optional Parking: If all student parking lots are full, there is public metered parking spaces in lot 15 (see above) as shown on the Student Parking Map. Please pay careful attention to ensure you are parking in a numbered spot (designated city pay parking only). The daily fee for all day (7a.m. to 7p.m.) is $3.00. Pay at the gray kiosks (dollars, coins, and credit cards accepted).

NOTE: Please park ONLY in designated WesternU student parking lots. Do not park in employee lots or guest parking spaces. If you park in a public metered parking space, you will need to pay at the gray kiosks. Please arrive early as student parking lots fill up quickly.

A student parking permit is required to park in WesternU student parking lots; however, the university will be lenient the week of orientation and should not issue any parking violation warnings or tickets. If you happen to receive a ticket for parking in a WesternU student parking lot, please notify Eva Badouin or Mitzi McKay. If you purchased a student parking permit you will receive it in your orientation packet when you check-in on Wednesday, August 3rd. You can then place it in your vehicle that day.

Fall 2016 Textbook List

Below is the link to the Fall 2016 Distance ProgramsTextbook List. The list is organized by course number/name in numerical order. Please reference your curriculum grid and locate the courses you are enrolled in for the fall 2016 term on the list to view the required and recommended textbooks. If you have any questions about the textbook list, please email Shelby Rusu at srusu@westernu.edu.

Fall 2016 Distance Programs Textbook List


Are students allowed to start on the regular curriculum grid and if they discover that it is too fast pace, can the student change to the extended curriculum?

Yes, it is still possible. You do have to be aware however, that if too much of the program has been completed it may not be possible to do an extension without adding a year to your timeline. The courses are basically only offered once a year and several of them are prerequisites to other courses. It can get complicated. When and if you need to extend, you will need to contact the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to work out the options.


If you still have additional questions, please email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.