Nursing FAQs

Future Students: Your FAQs on admission, contact, career opportunities, faculty, and programs.

Registered Nurses, Returning Students, and Graduate Students: FAQs for those of you applying with an RN or transfer credit.

Future and Incoming Students FAQs

1. How do I major in nursing at WCU?

If you want to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing, you must first be enrolled as a WCU student, then apply to the School of Nursing. Requirements for all degrees and tracks differ widely; check out our academic programs to learn more about how to apply to WCU, how to apply to the School of Nursing and the admission requirements.

2. How much does it cost to study nursing at WCU?

WCU’s School of Nursing is an incredible value! Each academic program's website lists the estimated cost of attendance. 

3. What scholarships are available to current and future nursing students?
Click here to learn more about the many scholarships available for eligible students. 

4. How difficult is it to get into the School of Nursing? How high are the standards once I’m admitted?

There’s no question that admission to WCU’s School of Nursing is competitive and selective. You will be required to maintain good grades in a variety of rigorous courses. Although your studies with us will be challenging, they will prepare you to be competitive in your field. You will also be taught and counseled by our expert faculty. Building your professional skill and personal strength through our programs is a tremendous reward, and one of which you will be proud.

5. Is the School of Nursing fully accredited?

Yes! Click here to read about the School of Nursing accreditation.

6. I already have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. What are my options if I want to be a nurse?  

Check out our ABSN entry option.

7. I already am a registered nurse. What additional education do you offer?

Check out our RN to BSN and MS(N) graduate programs!

8. I need an application, handbook, or other form. Where can I get these forms?

Visit our forms and guides page for all the School of Nursing's documents.

9. How can I balance school with family and work obligations?

  • Talk with an advisor at your program of choice to see how flexible the study plan might be. Can you “stop out” or must you stay with a cohort?
  • If you are considering an online program, this site includes a quiz to help you decide if you are ready for online study:
  • If you decide on an online program, the school will provide you with information about the computer and software requirements and may have an optional or required introductory activity. High-speed Internet connection is highly desirable. A family member or friend who is computer-literate is a valuable asset.

10. I still have specific questions. Whom should I contact?

Please contact Jessica Shirley, Director of Student Services, for additional information or to schedule an advising session:


For Registered Nurses, Returning Students, and Graduate Students

1. What are my options for RN to BSN programs in North Carolina?

Almost every school with a BSN program has an RN to BSN track. Look first at the one closest to you. See if they offer classroom or online courses. Compare length and cost.

2. What are my options for MSN and MS(N) programs in North Carolina?

The NCBON website lists MSN and MS(N) programs by location.. 

3. What are my options for doctoral programs in nursing in North Carolina?

4. What if I want to explore programs outside of North Carolina?, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, is an excellent resource. Click on “search for programs” and enter as many or as few criteria as you wish. Be sure to compare costs between in-state and out-of-state tuition.

5. Do I have to take an admissions entrance exam to get into graduate school?

Yes. All WCU graduate nursing programs require an admissions entrance exam. The MS(N) Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthesia tracks require the GRE for admission consideration. The MS(N) Nurse Administration and Nurse Educator tracks require either the GRE or MAT for admission consideration.

6. What writing reference style will I need for my nursing courses?

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.This manual provides directions on professional writing as well as on citation style (to avoid plagiarism). The WCU Library and the Writing and Learning Commons also provide resources.

7. What library resources will I have?

WCU maintains a number of online resources for nursing students. Students can also explore the NC AHEC digital library.

8. Are there honor societies for Nursing?

Yes.Your invitation will be based on your academic performance and will open connections to other scholars and nursing leaders. If you think the costs are worth the benefits, please accept the invitation. Membership is an asset on your resume/curriculum vitae.

9. I still have questions. Whom should I contact?

Please contact Jessica Shirley, Director of Student Services, for additional information or to schedule an advising session:

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