College of Graduate Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – CNL, ANL, AMB


Meet the MSN-Health Systems Leadership (CNL, ANL) Administration & Support Staff

Marci Luxenburg-HorowitzWelcome from your Health Systems Leadership Track faculty team (CNL, ANL) which includes Director Marci Luxenburg-Horowitz, DNP, RN, CNL (pictured here) who leads the Administrative Nurse Leadership track (ANL) and the Clinical Nurse Leadership track (CNL), and Professors Jan Boller, Pat Callard, Carol Huie, Kathi Hempil, Carolyn Orlowski, and Rodney Hicks, DNP Director.

Masters Prepared Nurse Leaders do not leave the bedside as they move into their roles as clinical leaders of patient safety and quality (CNL), or in administrative capacities as Charge Nurse, Manager, Director, or even Executive.  Masters-prepared nurses specializing as health systems leaders have expertise in clinical practice, teaching, and translating the best evidence-based into practice, and are as comfortable at the bedside as they are in the boardroom, classroom, or community.

Health systems leaders cultivate and manage the clinical environments for excellence in health care, regardless of the type of health care setting. They work collaboratively with all members of the health care team, including patients and families and across all health care settings and communites to assure optimal patient and population outcomes.

Our philosophy is that all nurses are leaders. Leadership is in our DNA. This includes each and every student at the CGN. The most important thing is that we all work collaboratively together to provide nursing’s safety net for high quality and affordable care for all. 

For MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) program-specific questions, you can contact Eva Badouin at ebadouin@westernu.edu.


Meet the MSN-Ambulatory Care (AMB) Administration

Diana LithgowWelcome from the MSN/Ambulatory Care team which includes Director Diana Lithgow, PhD, MSN, FNP and the Assistant Director Dawn Stone, MN, ANP. With the changes in healthcare and the creation of the Affordable Care Act, the role of the Ambulatory Care nurse is becoming even more essential. Your decision to get your MSN in Ambulatory Care is a good one, and we are here to give you the knowledge and clinical experience that you will need to succeed.



Dawn StoneYour education at WesternU will help you to become patient centered care coordinators in any ambulatory care setting. You will be influenced by a team of faculty that have the experience necessary to support you as you move through the Master’s program in the Ambulatory Care track, and a caring staff to help get you to the right resources. We welcome you to WesternU!



MSN (CNL, ANL, AMB) Program Specific Orientation on August 9

As a new MSN student, you will obtain pertinent information about your program on Wednesday, August 9th from 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. You will receive information about the program curriculum, clinical hours, and much more. You will also have an opportunity to meet the program director, faculty, and support staff. MSN students will report to the Conference Room on the second floor of the Nursing Science Center (NSC) building.The address for the NSC building is listed below:

Nursing Science Center (NSC)
Conference Room, Second Floor

350 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766

MSN Program Agenda

IMPORTANT REMINDER: On Wednesday, August 9th you will pick up your orientation packet for the week. Please make sure you bring a government-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID card, passport) to check-in and pick up your packet on August 9th. New students will be required to show ID before participating in all Orientation/Welcome Week events. If you are unable to provide an acceptable form of ID on August 9th, you will not be able to participate in any Orientation/Welcome Week events until you are able to do so. For more information about this policy, please visit the University’s Identity Verification Policy web page.

Directions & Parking Info for August 9 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 2017 Textbook List

Below is the link to the Fall 2017 Distance ProgramsTextbook 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 2017 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 ebadouin@westernu.edu. There is a designated time during Orientation/Welcome where students can purchase their textbooks in the University Bookstore.

Fall 2017 Distance Programs Textbook List


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.

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 ebadouin@westernu.edu.