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.