[La Verne, CA] A new partnership between the University of La Verne and Western University of Health Sciences will now admit qualified La Verne students to the WesternU College of Graduate Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing – Entry (MSN-E) program.
President Devorah Lieberman, Ph.D., Vice Provost Homa Shabahang, Ph.D. and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Jonathan Reed, Ph.D. joined WesternU Provost and COO Gary M. Gugelchuk, Ph.D.and College of Graduate Nursing Dean Karen Hanford, EdD, to sign a linkage agreement on Dec. 17, 2012.
“When I first came to the university I met with President Pumerantz and it became apparent the two universities are in each others backyard,” President Lieberman said. “There are ways to bridge us that have not existed before and there are ways to extend bridges that existed before and this is just one more example of how our universities are working together to benefit the students.”
La Verne will nominate students for the program, typically in their junior year, and a College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) admission committee will interview the candidates. CGN will admit as many as three qualified applicants per year to the MSN-E linkage program. Additionally, other qualified students at the end of their La Verne program may have an opportunity for an interview for the MSN-E program, which will provide additional opportunities.
Students admitted to the program will be assigned a CGN faculty adviser, and will have opportunities to visit the WesternU campus, participate in CGN activities and network with nursing students.
“We see it as the beginning of a partnership,” Hanford said. “I feel Devorah Lieberman is very progressive, very enthusiastic, and she is a collaborator. She’s quite a visionary for the University of La Verne.
The linkage program will allow La Verne students to explore the nursing profession further, while discovering what CGN has to offer.
“We have a strong, supportive culture,” Hanford said. “Our students are highly satisfied. The pass rate for the MSN-E program is 95 to 97 percent, while the national average is 85 percent. We have excellent clinical partnerships. Our students value the opportunities CGN provides for clinical training at many prestigious clinical agencies.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for the students,” she added. “We hope it will be someone that lives locally, and it could lead to them providing services in local facilities and eventually becoming faculty for us in the long run, because they live locally.”