College of Graduate Nursing

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Announcements & Events

CGN Awarded Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development Grant

The College of Graduate Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner program is proud to be the recipient of the 2015-2016 California Song Brown/Office of Statewide Planning and Development grant funding of $288,625. The funds were designed for three purposes: 

  • Student clinical rotation grants of $103,625 for the incoming Fall 2015 FNP students;
  • A community outreach and liaison faculty for FNP clinical rotations in areas of unmet healthcare needs; and
  • Improved technology for the development of a distance Interprofessional Learning Community program for the Family Nurse Practitioner students. 

The College of Graduate Nursing is proud to be leading the way in the charge to address California’s need for primary care providers serving the vulnerable and underserved populations, and in rural or geographically isolated areas of our state. 

CGN Awarded HRSA National Faculty Loan Repayment Program Grant

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing has received $380,136 to address the need for more doctorally-prepared nurses in the workforce and to mentor the next generation of health care providers.

This is the seventh year the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) has received funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

Funds from this award will be used to prepare nurse educators enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. CGN expects to support at least 18 DNP students with the award.

“Becoming an educator requires new skills and knowledge,” said CGN Dean Karen Hanford, EdD, MSN, FNP. “Preparing doctorally-prepared nurses for faculty positions is critical for our nation’s health care. The federal support to offset the cost of advanced education is key to recruiting experienced nurses to become the next generation of nurse educators.”

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s report on 2014-15 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2014 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints. Almost two-thirds of the nursing schools responding to the survey pointed to faculty shortages as a reason for not accepting all qualified applicants into baccalaureate programs.

This funding will help bring younger, doctorally-trained nurses into the faculty ranks of nursing schools, said Rodney Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, CGN’s Director of the DNP Program.

“The DNP is the ideal health care person to affect change across the health care system,” he said. “The DNP is recognized as the clinical expert who can help navigate and improve the quality of health care in the country.

“It makes great sense to have clinical experts be faculty members in schools of nursing. But just because you are a clinical expert does not mean you are a good teacher,” Hicks added. “We not only give you the skills and tools to complement that clinical expertise, we give you the skills and tools to be innovative and effective as educators.”

The College of Graduate Nursing offers masters and doctoral degrees in nursing, and has about 350 students. The College was the first to offer the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Southern California, and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Karen Hanford, Ed.D., R.N., FNP, Founding Dean of the College of Graduate at Western University of Health Sciences, is pleased to announce two new funding awards for students pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. “With generous support from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veteran’s Health, the College will be able to award two $10,000 scholarships for students working on veteran’s specific health care needs in 2015-2016” said Dean Hanford. There are more than 22 million veterans that have made significant sacrifices for the country. The Jonas Center leads the nation in preparing nurse scholars to address many of the tremendous health challenges that face the veteran.

Jennifer Waggoner-Donald, MSN, MS, PHN, RN and William Donald, MSN, RN, CCRN were selected as the first two award recipients. Donald is also a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force Reserves Nurse Corp.

Rodney Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program adds “both individuals have long family histories of military service. Each scholar will be working on projects that address traumatic brain injuries”

Dean Hanford also said “Both scholars will join more than 250 doctoral students in Washington, DC later this year to network and collaborate on Veteran’s projects. Scholars address complex issues such as health care administration, health policy, barriers to care, and direct patient care needs”.

Western University, a non-profit university, is among the nation’s largest universities dedicated to the preparation of future health care professionals. The College of Graduate Nursing, a nationally accredited nursing program, is one of the 9 colleges located on the Pomona campus that offers a Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Graduate Programs.com recently ranked the College as number 10 of the top 25 nursing schools in the country.

The Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence was created in 2006 and serves to advance scholarship, leadership, and innovative practice. Presently, the Center has supported more than 600 doctoral students at more than 115 leading academic institutions across all 50 states. More information about the Center is available at www.jonascenter.org

Community Outreach


CGN graduates are invited to stay in touch and get involved with their alma mater by visiting the Alumni area on our Web site.

Employment Opportunities

Alumni seeking nursing positions are encouraged to visit the Alumni Career Resources Center. Additional job postings may be found on the Nursing Employment Opportunities page powered by www.AfterCollege.com.