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DNP Plans & Post-Masters Certificates

Educating outstanding and compassionate advanced practice nurses and nurse leaders.

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Comprehensive preparation for a meaningful career in nursing.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice provides comprehensive preparation for nursing at the highest level of practice preparing students to apply and evaluate clinical evidence, designing systems of care delivery that are locally acceptable, economically feasible, and have significant impact on determinants of health and outcomes. Advance your career in health care administration, nursing education, advanced practice nursing, and more.

The Post-Masters Certificate programs offer registered nurses with a master’s or doctoral degree a seamless progression to further their career and pursue board certification in one of three pathways: Emergency Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

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Why Choose WesternU?

We are innovative catalysts educating nursing professionals who become expert clinicians, leaders, and system partners transforming the health of people worldwide.
  • Highest level of accreditation for all programs from the professional accrediting body for nursing, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • Board of Registered Nursing approved.
  • Opportunity to be selected for loan forgiveness or stipends in some programs.
  • Transition courses can be credited to the post-master’s Nurse Practitioner Program.
  • Certificate programs: eligible for national certification.

Points of Excellence College of Graduate Nursing

• Nationally-ranked by U.S. News and World Report
• Culture of Humanism and Health Equity
• First online MSN-FNP program in the nation (1997)
• First entry level Masters of Nursing in California (2004)
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Our students are taught by distinguished faculty who have received state and national recognition for their leadership and professional accomplishments.

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We offer flexible programs that allow you to balance work and family commitments while earning your nursing degree, including part-time options.

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WesternU has a long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first, treating students as colleagues, and fostering camaraderie among students.

CGN’s Philosophy for Nursing Leadership and Lifelong Learning.

We envision healthy people and a healthy society where CGN is an innovative catalyst, educating highly-valued nursing professionals who are recognized as forward thinkers, system partners, advocates, and LEADERS FOR LIFE.


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About WesternU

Western University of Health Sciences is a private, non-profit graduate university for the health professions, dedicated to preparing tomorrow’s health practitioners to flourish as skilled, compassionate healers. Two campuses serve students: Pomona, California and Lebanon, Oregon. WesternU students learn within a thriving center for medical, health care, and veterinary education, as well as research and community outreach. Graduates are poised to move into the future to successfully meet the diverse health-related needs of a growing population.

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Discover how WesternU College of Graduate Nursing can open the door to unlimited possibilities.
Unlock your potential today with a WesternU Nursing Degree or Post-Masters Certificate.