Entry Level Masters Program (MSN-E)

About the Program

The Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) program offers a pathway for applicants with baccalaureate degrees in other fields to obtain RN licensure and then continue with graduate courses to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing degree. This program of study offers an alternative for students who would have had to complete either an Associate Degree in Nursing at a community college or obtain a second bachelor’s degree to achieve registered nurse licensure.

The curriculum is delivered in 6 semesters over 2 years with a full-time unit load, all campus-based. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the NCLEX licensing examination and receive a MSN degree. The MSN-Entry program adheres to the nursing education standards from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials and Quality and Safety in Nursing Education (QSEN). Graduates of the program are prepared to lead patient quality and safety initiatives, apply evidence based practice with interprofessional teams, and lead systems of care delivery.

A career in nursing offers talented individuals high job satisfaction, competitive salaries and job security. Job opportunities are nearly limitless due to the national shortage of nurses.

All existing College of Graduate Nursing programs are California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) approved, and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The Curriculum

The College of Graduate Nursing offers three academic semesters per year to reduce the number of years required to complete graduate nursing education.

The curriculum is 90 semester units, full-time, campus-based, and completed in the six semesters. Each course listed under each semester is taken concurrently and NOT one course at a time. Please click on the link below to view the Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) Curriculum:

Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) Pre-Licensure Curriculum 

Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) Course Descriptions

Clinical Experiences

One of the most valuable components of our program is our partnership with various healthcare organizations that offer unique opportunities for our students to apply, develop, and integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Students will be required to complete clinical experience hours at acute care hospitals, behavior health and community health clinics beginning in the first semester of the program. Students will be assigned to clinical facilities and to a clinical faculty member.

Our clinical partnerships include hospitals, outpatient clinics, school clinics, public health departments, home health, hospice care, and community health centers. Our clinical partners extend throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties. Students may request to be placed in location most convenient to them. Below are the partial list of our clinical partners:

  • Anaheim Regional Medical Center
  • Arrowhead Regional Medical Center
  • Canyon Ridge Hospital
  • California Institution for Men and Women
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children’s Hospital of Orange County
  • Citrus Valley Health Partners
    • Citrus Valley Hospice and Home Health
    • Foothill Presbyterian Hospital
    • Intercommunity Hospital
    • Queen of the Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health
  • El Monte City School District
  • Claremont Care Center
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Huntington Hospital
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Methodist Hospital of Southern California
  • Pomona Community Based Adult Services
  • Pomona Unified School District
  • Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
  • Riverside Community Hospital
  • San Antonio Regional Hospital
  • Joseph Hospital of Orange
  • UrbanMission Community Partners
  • Whittier Hospital

The MSN Clinical Project

The Clinical Project three course series serves as a platform for the integration of AACN’s Master of Nursing Essentials in the form of a proposed quality improvement project to improve patient care, patient outcomes, or work design. 

The Clinical Project proposal requires synthesis, integration, and application of knowledge acquired throughout the MSN program. Specifically, this independent study requires development of a clinical improvement initiative offering valuable insights into complex health care issues while highlighting contributions Masters prepared nurses can make in the delivery of healthcare.

During Clinical Project I, the student will conduct a needs assessment to identify a health care issue requiring outcomes improvement.  Students will develop a proposal and scripted outline for interventions designed to improve the health outcomes for a vulnerable population based upon the needs assessment.  The work in Clinical Project I course is foundational for Clinical Project II, and ultimately Clinical Project III. Progressive development of the project will be accomplished through the application of all Master’s Essentials.

For information regarding the Master of Science in Nursing Entry (MSN-E) curriculum, please contact:

Michael J. Marinello, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Director, MSN-Entry Program
E-mail: mmarinello@westernu.edu

Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing graduates will be given first consideration when applying to the FNP program. Applicants will be required to have completed one year, full-time RN work experience. For more information regarding program requirements, please visit the Post-Masters FNP Requirements web page. 

Admissions Information

For information regarding prerequisite coursework and application requirements, please review the MSN-E 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 Counselor: Alberto Espejo at (909) 469-5540.