Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program


Meet the DNP Administration & Support Staff

Welcome from DNP Program Director Donna Emanuele, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAANP

Donna EmanueleAs a DNP student, you will gain expertise in evidence-based practice and have the opportunity to develop a scholarly project that addresses an important issue in healthcare.  You are joining a cadre of faculty scholars that have your best interest in success and in improving the health of the nation.  While your time with us will be relatively short, say 2-3 years, we know that once you leave Western University of Health Sciences as a DNP, you will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to lead the changes needed within today’s complex environments. Again, welcome and we look forward to getting to know you.




Welcome from DNP Program Manager Kelley Montz, MA

As DNP Program Manager I assist the students and the faculty for the DNP Program, and oversee many of the administrative processes.  We will work together to make sure you meet all of the requirements of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.  If you have a university, college or program question and you are not sure who to ask you can always start with me and I will work to either find the answer or get you in touch with the right person.  I am looking forward to meeting you at Welcome Week, and supporting you throughout the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. For DNP program-specific questions, you can reach me at



DNP Program Specific Orientation on August 8

As a new DNP student, you will obtain pertinent information about the DNP program on Thursday, August 8th from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. You will receive information about the program curriculum, practice hours, the culminating final project, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program director, faculty, and support staff. DNP students will report to the Nursing Science Center (NSC) in the Dining Room on the 2nd Floor. Please bring your laptop on August 8th. The address for the NSC building is listed below:

Nursing Science Center (NSC)
Dining Room, 2nd Floor

350 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766

Become familiar with the WesternU Campus and take the virtual tour before Orientation/Welcome Week.

DNP Program Orientation Agenda

DNP Student Journey Milestones & Timetable Requirements

2019 DNP Courses with Faculty Photos

DNP Scholarly Experience PowerPoint

Directions & Parking Info for August 8 Program Orientation Day

You can obtain driving/parking directions to the WesternU campus from the California Campus – Welcome Week Orientation home page. The Directions to Campus page provides driving directions from the 10, 210, 60, and 71 freeways to Third Street. The WesternU campus is on the north side of Third Street.

The following is information for parking near the Nursing Science Center (NSC) building. There are a few options:

Student Parking Lot 15 provides designated student parking spaces (marked WesternU) as shown on the Student Parking Map. From this lot, head west on Third St. and then south on Locust St. The Nursing Science Center (NSC) is on the north-east corner of Garey Ave. and Fourth St.

Student Parking Lot 20 is off of Third St. between Gibbs & Elm St. as shown on the Student Parking Map. From this lot, head west on Third St. and then south on Locust St. The Nursing Science Center (NSC) is on the north-east corner of Garey Ave. and Fourth St.

Optional Parking: If all student parking lots are full, there is public metered parking spaces in lot 15 (see above) as shown on the Student Parking Map. Please pay careful attention to ensure you are parking in a numbered spot (designated city pay parking only). The daily fee for all day (7a.m. to 7p.m.) is $3.00. Pay at the gray kiosks (dollars, coins, and credit cards accepted).

NOTE: Please park ONLY in designated WesternU student parking lots. Do not park in employee lots or guest parking spaces. If you park in a public metered parking space, you will need to pay at the gray kiosks. Please arrive early as student parking lots fill up quickly.

A student parking permit is required to park in WesternU student parking lots; however, the university will be lenient the week of orientation and should not issue any parking violation warnings or tickets. If you happen to receive a ticket for parking in a WesternU student parking lot, please notify Eva Badouin or Mitzi McKay. If you purchased a student parking permit you will receive it in your orientation packet when you check-in on Wednesday, August 9th. You can then place it in your vehicle that day.

Fall 2019 Textbook List

Below is the link to the Fall 2019 Distance Programs Textbook List. The list is organized by course number/name in numerical order. Please reference your curriculum grid and locate the courses you are enrolled in for the fall 2019 term on the list to view the required and recommended textbooks. If you have any questions about the textbook list, please email Eva Badouin at There is a designated time during Orientation/Welcome where students can purchase their textbooks in the University Bookstore.

Fall 2019 Distance Programs Textbook List


As a DNP student who will not be completing any direct patient care clinical hours, why am I required to get my immunization/titers up to date?

All WesternU students are required to compete immunizations before entering any program as a protection to other students. There will also be some DNP students who will end up completing practice hours in hospital facilities and even though they may not be doing patient care the hospitals lists it as a requirement in the affiliation agreement and will expect the university to have proof of compliance.

Are students allowed to start on the regular curriculum grid and if they discover that it is too fast pace, can the student change to the extended curriculum?

Yes, it is still possible. You do have to be aware however, that if too much of the program has been completed it may not be possible to do an extension without adding a year to your timeline. The courses are basically only offered once a year and several of them are prerequisites to other courses. It can get complicated. When and if you need to extend, you will need to contact the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs to work out the options.

I heard that the college has NFLP funding for DNP students who intend to be educators after graduation. Is that true and how do I apply to receive funding?

Yes, it is true and the Director of the DNP program will be sending out the information and an application via email sometime in the next month. Watch for that email and if you intend to teach after graduation and would like to apply to receive NFLP funding you can apply at that time.

Is it true that the tuition cost for GN 5000 pre-program course is not covered by financial aid?

Yes, this is true because it is a prerequisite to enter the program; therefore, this course is not part of your core curriculum and so it is not covered by financial aid.

If you still have additional questions, please email Eva Badouin at