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New Professors Join College of Graduate Nursing

by Rodney Tanaka

March 17, 2000

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The College of Graduate Nursing at Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU) welcomes two new faculty members: Beth Towner, MSN, FNP, PhD,

as a professor of nursing and Peggy Rowberg, RN, MS, CS, as an assistant

professor of nursing. Both bring valuable experience and knowledge to the


Dr. Towner has previous teaching experience at Arizona State University,

the University of Texas at El Paso, Cal State Dominguez Hills, UC San

Diego and Southern Oregon State College, where she also served as dean for

the School of Nursing and Health. She has had articles published in

several journals, and has served a two-year term on the governing council

of the American Public Health Association.

Rowberg comes to WesternU as a nurse practitioner working in two private

family practices. She was recently elected to a two-year term as the vice

president of corporate affairs for the California Coalition of Nurse

Practitioners, and also belongs to the American College of Nurse

Practitioners. Rowberg earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in

nursing from Cal State Long Beach.

WesternU’s College of Graduate Nursing offers three tracks: a Master of

Science in Nursing for current nurse practitioners, a Family Nurse

Practitioner (FNP) certificate for nurses already prepared with a master’s

degree, and a joint Master of Science in Nursing/ FNP degree. All three

programs are Internet-based and were designed by specialists in nursing

and computer education to provide access to higher education to nurses who

couldn’t previously schedule traditional coursework around their jobs,

families or long commutes. They are the first of their kind in the nation.


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