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Master of Science in Nursing – Entry (MSN)

Our MSN-Entry program offers a path for graduates from non-nursing fields to obtain a MSN and RN license in 2 years. The curriculum is delivered in 6 semesters 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.

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Redesigned MSN-Entry Program

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.
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Best Grad Schools U.S. News & World Report

For the 3rd consecutive year, the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) is among the best in the nation and the state according to U.S. News & World Report. CGN was named as a Best Nursing School: Masters 2024. WesternU also earned the following distinctions: Best Medical School: Research, Most Diverse, Most Graduates Practicing in Medically Underserved Areas, and Most Graduates Practicing in Rural Areas.
  • Why Choose WesternU?

    We offer:

    • A rigorous program of study that produces graduates who are in demand and highly respected by their employers
    • A flexible program that allows you to balance your work and family commitments with your education
    • A program with the highest level of accreditation
    • Top faculty experienced at facilitating distance learning
    • Long humanistic tradition of treating patients as people first; treating students as colleagues; and fostering camaraderie among students
    • Outstanding student support services for your distance education
    • Our graduates receive priority consideration when returning for the following programs: Post-Masters FNP, Post-Masters PMHNP, and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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    Interprofessional Practice and Education

    Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) provides an integrated, interdisciplinary, discussion-based approach to learning. IPE occurs when students from two or more professions learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes. Once students understand how to work interprofessionally, they are ready to enter the workplace as a member of the collaborative practice team. This is a key step in moving health systems from fragmentation to a position of strength.

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