Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL)

Flexible Web-Based Programs Designed for Professional Nurses

The Western University Master of Science in Nursing, Health Systems Leadership – Administrative Nurse Leader (ANL) Program is designed for nurses who wish to continue working, keep family commitments and live in the same community while pursuing a graduate education. This benefit is especially convenient for students living in rural areas, small communities, or on active military duty. This CCNE-accredited program consists of two integrated elements:

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

About the Program

This graduate program provides a BSN Registered Nurse with the latest knowledge and applied skills to be an effective administrative leader advancing better care, better health, and lower costs. Today’s health care systems require nurse leaders who can integrate experience, knowledge, research and technology to effectively lead at the unit, clinic, or department level. This program combines the flexibility of on-line learning with seminar weekends to facilitate 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/Health Systems Leadership – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL) curriculum consists of 42 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/Health Systems Leadership – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL) program curriculum (course number/title and unit value by semester):

MSN/Health Systems Leadership – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL) Curriculum (p. 89, 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 Cataloand 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/HSL – Administrative Nurse Leader (MSN-ANL) curriculum, please contact:

Marci Luxenburg-Horowitz, DNP, RN, CNL
Assistant Professor
Director, Health Systems Leadership MSN Program

Admissions Information

For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN/LM 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 hours experience. Clinical experiences for this track can take place at any point across the continuum of health care. Students will be precepted by a leadership expert in a selected practice setting to meet identified role competencies. A clinical professor will work with the student and preceptor to monitor progress throughout the practice experience. For more information, 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 objective examination.