Ambulatory Care (MSN-AMB)

Flexible Web-Based Programs Designed for Professional Nurses

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Graduate Nursing, is excited to offer an innovative educational track that responds to current and future national health care needs: A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with an emphasis in Ambulatory Care Nursing. According to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing, the transition of health care from inpatient to outpatient settings is challenging access to health care and coordination of services thereby dramatically increasing the need for professional nursing services.1

In practice, the Ambulatory Care Nurse (ACN) coordinates care for a distinctive group of patients as well as actively engaging indirect patient care including telephonic triage. This MSN clinician critically utilizes current and relevant evidence to ensure safe delivery of quality patient care. Additionally, the ACN evaluates patient outcomes, assesses risk, and provides patient and staff education.  The RN-MSN specialized in Ambulatory Care will be thoroughly equipped to become a leader in ambulatory care settings. This CCNE-accredited program consists of three integrated elements:

  • Web-based curriculum
  • Weekend sessions at the Pomona, California campus twice per semester
  • Preceptored clinical practicum

1Laughlin, C.B. (2013). Position statement: The role of the Registered Nurse in ambulatory care. Core Curriculum for Ambulatory Care Nursing [3rd Ed].

About the Program

The Ambulatory Care Nursing track is designed for Registered Nurses interested in obtaining advanced clinical and leadership skills in primary ambulatory care or out-patient health care settings. Core courses include leadership, information technology, business practice issues, care coordination and education. This program combines the flexibility and convenience of on-line learning with seminar weekends to enhance graduate education for professional nurses. Full-time and extended track options are available.

The Curriculum

With the pre-program course CGN 5000: Communication and Information Management (1 unit) the MSN/Ambulatory Care Nursing (MSN-ACN) curriculum consists of 41 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 two years. An extended track option is available which students complete the program in three years. Each course listed under each semester is taken concurrently and NOT one course at a time.

Please click on the links below to view the MSN/Ambulatory Care Nursing (MSN-AMB) program curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester):

MSN/Ambulatory Care Nursing (MSN-AMB) Curriculum (pg. 87, CGN catalog)

An 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.

You can also access the curriculum grids by visiting the first page of the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog and scrolling to the respective page within the catalog or by clicking on the respective section in the Table of Contents.

Please visit the Course Descriptions section within the College of Graduate Nursing Student Catalog to obtain course description information.

For more information regarding the MSN/Ambulatory Care Nursing (MSN-AMB) curriculum, please contact:

Dawn Stone, PhD, MN, RN, ANP-BC, COHN-S
Associate Professor
Director, MSN Program and Ambulatory Care Track 

Admissions Information

For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN/CNL admissions information, or if you are ready you may submit an online application. If you have any questions regarding the application requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at (909) 469-5335.

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 education provides an environment to facilitate critical thinking and interactive learning. Learning activities include discussion forums, group projects, presentations, and scholarly papers.

Clinical Experiences

Students will be required to complete clinical practice hours. Mentorship by nursing experts in various practice settings will guide acquisition of skills to meet ambulatory care competencies. A clinical professor will ensure a quality education by monitoring progress throughout the practice experience while aligning didactic content from the curriculum. For more information, please visit the Clinical Experiences web page.

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.

Student Assessment

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