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Attending Orientation/Welcome Week Virtually

Orientation/Welcome Week will be delivered virtually via Zoom web video conferencing this year due to the precautions the University has in place to protect the campus community from contracting the novel coronavirus. Zoom does not require any software download to access. Just simply click on the Zoom link for each orientation session provided on the below CGN Orientation Welcome Week Agenda and follow the prompts. 

Zoom Web Conferencing Information

westernu Zoom account

Many of you may already have a personal Zoom account and have downloaded the Zoom application on your computer, tablet, or phone. As a WesternU student it is important that you log into the WesternU Zoom account when engaging in WesternU-related Zoom sessions. You will need to access the WesternU Zoom account through single sign on (SSO).  You will login via SSO using your WesternU email address and password you created to access all the WesternU platforms (email, BanWeb, etc.). Please access the Zoom SSO Instructions which will provide you with the step-by-step process on how to login to the WesternU Zoom account. 

NOTE: If you already have a personal Zoom account, it is important that you make sure to log out of your personal Zoom account first and then login into the WesternU Zoom account BEFORE clicking on a WesternU-related Zoom link. If you do not do this step first and you click on a WesternU-related Zoom link, Zoom will automatically use your personal Zoom login information to access the Zoom session.

zoom guide for westernu students 

Please access the Zoom Guide for WesternU Students. This important guide will provide you with information such as how to join a meeting, testing audio/video, Zoom netiquette, and much more. Please read the entire guide thoroughly. This will help you navigate Zoom successfully not just for Orientation/Welcome Week, but also for the upcoming academic year as many didactic courses will be delivered via Zoom.

As mentioned above, it is important to read the entire guide; however, below are a few important points to remember concerning attending the Zoom sessions for Orientation/Welcome Week:

  • Although you can join a Zoom session via phone, we ask all incoming students to join all Orientation/Welcome Week Zoom sessions on a desktop/laptop computer or tablet/iPad equipped with a camera and microphone. Please reference the guide on how to test your audio/video. Our faculty, staff, and administration will expect to see and hear you virtually during the Orientation/Welcome Week sessions.
  • As mentioned above, Zoom does not require any software download to access, however, please reference the Zoom System Requirements web page to ensure your device has the appropriate systems requirements, internet connection, and supporting operating system to access Zoom.
  • Keep the Orientation/Welcome Week Agenda with Zoom links accessible in the event you are logged off due to internet or computer issues and need to log back into a Zoom session. 
  • Log in early to each Zoom session and ensure your first and last name is displayed correctly in the participants list. If you logged into the WesternU Zoom account using SSO, then your first and last name should be displayed properly. If your name is displayed as a nickname or email address, please change it promptly for each Zoom session so staff can properly count you in attendance. On the first day of Orientation, staff will walk you through how to do this.
  • All participants will be muted upon entry into a Zoom session. Please stay muted until requested to speak or during an open Q&A. This will keep all background noise distractions to a minimum.
  • Be attentive and present yourself professionally, which includes appropriate attire (no pajamas or workout clothes) and a professional background since you will be using your camera. 

Wednesday, August 5 & Friday, August 7

The first and last day of Orientation/Welcome Week is the general college orientation. During these two days, you will receive important general information about the College of Graduate Nursing, tools and resources for academic success, how to navigate the Canvas Learning Management System, how to access important computing resources, and more. 

Thursday, August 6

The second day of orientation/welcome week is program-specific. For specific information, please visit your respective program web page in the left-hand menu.

Convocation Cancelled & White Coat Ceremony Postponed

The traditional University Convocation ceremony has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.The College of Graduate Nursing White Coat Ceremony has been postponed until the October 2020 Seminar Weekend. The college tentatively plans to host an in-person White Coat Ceremony. More information regarding the specific date, time, and location will be provided to all incoming students in the near future.

White Coats, Name Tags & Textbooks

You can order textbooks and merchandise online through our WesternU Bookstore. Since the physical location of the University Bookstore is temporary closed, the Bookstore staff are processing/shipping online orders on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 8am and 12pm as indicated on their website. This includes the ordering and shipping of white coats and name tags. All incoming students should have received an email from the University Bookstore about how to order your white coat and name tag. If you have any questions about ordering textbooks and merchandise online, please email the Bookstore at bookstore@westernu.edu. 

Fall 2020 Textbook Lists

Below is the link to the Fall 2020 Distance Programs Textbook List. The distance programs are MSN/FNP, Post-Masters FNP, DNP, ADN-MSN, BSN-MSN and ENP. 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 2020 term on the list to view the required and recommended textbooks. If you have any questions about the textbook list, please email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu. 

Fall 2020 Distance Programs Textbook List

Below is the link to the Fall 2020 MSN-E First Year Textbook List. The list is organized by course number/name in numerical order. If you have any questions about the textbook list, please email Alex Escobedo at aescobedo@westernu.edu. 

Fall 2020 MSN-E First Year Textbook List

 

General FAQs

Will it cost me more to use the extended Curriculum?

Adding a year will add the cost of a clinical fee for each semester that includes clinical hours. If you are in the FNP or MSN/FNP programs, there would also be an additional unit of Clinical Comps, as there has to be comprehensive testing at the end of each year. That would add an additional 1 unit of tuition to the overall cost.

When I register, will I know what courses I should be registering for?

You will not be registering for specific courses. You will only be registering for a “place holder”. The system automatically populates the courses that you should be in. For those students that are on an extended curriculum or have some other deviation to the normal curriculum, the Registrar then makes those adjustments manually (after the system auto registers). You should keep the curriculum grid that Mitzi McKay sent to you in the first Welcome Email, so that you can follow along each semester. If your curriculum should change midway through the program for any reason, an updated curriculum grid would be emailed to you.

Contact Information

If you still have further questions after perusing the new student web pages, please email Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.