The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development awarded Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing $132,000 from the Song-Brown program to support its Family Nurse Practitioner program. The College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) was one of 11 programs within California to receive an award.

This award will augment the College’s primary care education and further prepare nurse practitioners with additional skills to address the mental health needs of the state’s population, said Christine Magladry, DNP, RN, FNP, interim director of CGN’s Family Nurse Practitioner program.

“California residents will truly benefit from this award, as it supports education and training of the next generation of health care providers” she said. “The award increases primary care services for Californians in medically underserved areas.”

“The College of Graduate Nursing has a long-standing tradition of educating future nurse practitioners to practice at the fullest extent of training in caring for diverse populations,” said College of Graduate Nursing Dean Mary Lopez, PhD, RN. “I applaud the Song-Brown program for its ongoing commitment to increase the number of students and residents receiving quality primary care education and training in areas of unmet need throughout California.”

CGN was the first program in the nation to offer an innovative model that incorporated distance education with onsite training for nurse practitioners. The College offers master’s degrees and doctoral degrees for professional registered nurses. For more information about the College of Graduate Nursing, please contact the Office of Student Services at 909-469-5515. Visit the College’s web page at