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Examine the Curriculum

100% of our MSN-E students pass the RN licensing exam (for first time pass rates see the Board of Registered Nursing website).

We attribute student success to their motivation, our faculty’s commitment to teaching and learning, and WesternU’s emphasis on early-patient contact.

For more details, please review the MSN-E curriculum (PDF). The curriculum grid appears on page 86.

To view the start/end semester dates please visit our Academic Calendar

College of Graduate Nursing Academic Calendar

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) proegram students get hands-in training during an ENP procedural skills day

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 Masters Essentials.

Practice Immersion Hours are unfolded throughout the DNP program to support your ongoing work as a DNP scholar. Practice-based immersion experiences are designed to support DNP students in their future role expectations. Students complete practice hours in the community where they live.
  • Our Clinical Partners

    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. Our clinical partnerships include hospitals, outpatient clinics, school clinics, public health departments, home health, hospice care, and community health centers. Our clinical partners extend in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties and students may request to be placed in location most convenient for them. Here is the 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
    • St. Joseph Hospital of Orange
    • UrbanMission Community Partners
    • Whittier Hospital
  • Community Outreach

    The faculty and students of CGN continue to be the champions for healthy communities. We believe that through community engagement, we will have a positive impact on health and well-being of community members. Opportunities exist through student organizations and clubs, volunteering, and in curriculum such as Community Health Nursing.

    • Student Organizations National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)
      • Men in Nursing
      • Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Organization
    • Volunteer Opportunities
      • Health fairs
      • Flu clinics
      • After-school programs
      • Homeless outreach
      • Kids and Family wellness program
    • UrbanMission Community Wellness Center Faculty and students work with community leaders and Pomona’s Health Promoters (community health workers) in conducting programs focusing on obesity prevention and chronic disease management.
  • Clinical Experience

    In the MSNE program, you will participate in a variety of simulated and real patient experiences to fine tune your clinical skills. Read more about your clinical experiences.

  • Learn Alongside Students in Other Health Professions

    WesternU’s interprofessional curriculum provides a forum for you to collaborate and learn from students in eight other health-care programs. This curriculum provides an opportunity for early networking with other health professionals and ultimately prepares you to better serve your patients through interprofessional collaboration and referrals.

  • Outstanding Academic Support and Facilities

    Caring about students and helping them achieve success is the hallmark of all WesternU faculty. Our nursing faculty are respected practitioners and scholars who keep pace with the latest teaching techniques and technology and are committed to helping you master the material.

    The Office of Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Office (LEAD) is another resource for on-campus and prospective students. LEAD helps students connect academic success with wellbeing. In individual counseling sessions, students learn time management, test taking, and studying strategies. LEAD facilitates training in managing stress, increasing focus, and professional skills. Also, LEAD offers academic writing support including review of APA formatting for scholarly papers.

    The College of Graduate Nursing faculty and staff are also a great resource when it comes to everyday student support.

    The Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library and Bookstore support students with textbook and academic research needs, while the Computing Resources/Information Technology staff are available to provide you with critical technical support. Electronic databases are available both on-campus and off-campus through the Library’s e-resources page.

    WesternU is a thriving academic health center spread out over 22 acres in Pomona, CA. The main campus includes 19 major buildings.

    You will also make use of our high-fidelity simulation skills laboratory, where high-tech mannequins give you the opportunity to practice nursing skills on a simulated patient in a dynamic, interactive environment.