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Nursing – Graduate Degree

Degree Offered: Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing

Departmental Website: School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is located on the main WCU campus in Cullowhee, NC and at Biltmore Park in Asheville, NC. Click here to learn more about the new School of Nursing locations.

Programs: Nurse Anesthesia, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Leadership, & Nurse Educator

                    

 


 

Nurse Anesthesia

The Nurse Anesthesia Program will provide students with academic and clinical experiences that lead to an M.S. degree.  The 28 month program based at Biltmore Park is full-time and requires a minimum of 66 course credits.  New classes will be admitted in January of each year for the spring semester.  The program will require travel to assigned clinical facilities in Western North Carolina including weekend and call rotations.  A written comprehensive exam will be required during the final semester.  The research requirement is a two-hour project that is to be completed during the final semesters of the program.  Students selecting the thesis option will be exempt from the research project requirement.

  • GRE General Exam (Recommended minimum score of 300)
  • Resume
  • Professional statement (see details)
  • Applicants must have a B.S.N. from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the nursing major based on the last 60 undergraduate hours.
  • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice, and have a minimum of one year clinical experience within the last five years.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session that includes a written essay.
Prerequisites:
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in research

Program Director for NA
Dr. Shawn Collins
Phone: 828-654-6517 | Email:  shawncollins@wcu.edu

Highly qualified applicants may be reviewed and offered early acceptance prior to the application deadline. Classes are typically filled following the application deadline. Pending seat availability, highly qualified applicants may be reviewed and offered admission beyond the application deadline.

Application Deadline: May 15 of each year for Spring (January) entry of the following year.

  


  

Family Nurse Practitioner


Family Nurse Practitioner Program Description: The Master of Science degree in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies based on scientific inquiry, information literacy and ethics. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to provide quality primary health care, health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common conditions across the life span. The two-year program requires 51 to 52 semester hours of graduate course work, depending on whether a thesis or project option is chosen. The FNP program will include 640 clinical hours.A written comprehensive exam will be required during the final semester.

Post-Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.  A post master’s certificate program is available to nurses who have earned a master’s degree in Nursing. The certificate program prepares the nurse in the advanced practice role of a Family Nurse Practitioner with competencies in family health promotion and clinical management of common conditions across the lifespan. The certificate program is  three-years in length and is delivered in a hybrid format. Students attend classes weekly (Tuesdays) at Biltmore Park for didactic coursework and simulation labs; some classes are taught online.The  program requires 38 hours of graduate course work including 720 clinical hours. A comprehensive clinical exam will be required during the final semester. Students are exempt from the graduate core courses (NSG 601, 610, 611, and 616) and thesis or research project requirements.

In addition to the academic requirements, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the program. For the most up to date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the program’s web site at the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Admission Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Applicants must possess a B.S.N. from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work or a 2.85 on a 4.00 scale cumulatively.
    • A combined score of 850 or higher on the previous GRE exam version or 300 on the Revised GRE exam or an MAT score of 400 is recommended.
    • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods is required.
    • Three professional references (including one from a current or recent employer)
    • Resume and professional statement (see details)
    • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice , and have a minimum of one year clinical experience within the last five years.
    • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session that includes a written essay.
    • Applicants who are admitted to the program must own or have access to a computer with Internet service. Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite.

Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance

Application Deadline: February 15 of each year for Fall (August) entry.

Application materials are available here

 


  

Nurse Leadership


Program Description: The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Nursing - Nurse Leadership, prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies in Health Systems Management, Nursing Leadership and Financial Management.  The Master’s of Science in Nursing - Nurse Leadership track is a 2–year program consisting of 40-41 semester hours. The total number of hours depends on whether the thesis option is selected.  This program prepares the nurse leader to address the health care disparities within diverse populations. All courses except practicums are taught online, and practicum courses are arranged with a preceptor in a medically underserved location or with a culturally diverse population.

Admission Requirements for Nurse Administrator

 

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam or MAT 
    • Resume
    • Professional statement (see details)
    • Applicants must have a B.S.N. from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the nursing major based on the last 60 undergraduate hours 
    • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice, and have a minimum of one year clinical experience within the last five years.
    • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session that includes a written essay.

Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in research

Application Deadline:

  • April 15 for following Fall Semester
  • October 15 for following Spring Semester

Application: Application materials are available here

 


  

Nurse Educator


The Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Educator track prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competency in one of three educational areas: academic educator, staff educator, or patient educator. The three-year program requires 38 to 39 semester hours of graduate course work including a 3 credit hour practicum. The total number of required hours depends on whether the thesis option is selected. A written comprehensive exam will be required during the final semester. The research requirement is a two-hour project that is to be completed during the final semesters of the program. Students selecting the thesis option will be exempt from the research project requirement.

A Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate Program is also available to students who have earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree or master's in a related discipline. The Post-Graduate Certificate Program requires 18 semester hours of study and can be completed in four semesters.

 

Admission Requirements for Nurse Educator

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • GRE General Exam or MAT 
    • Resume
    • Professional statement (see details)
    • Applicants must have a B.S.N. from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.0 scale in the nursing major based on the last 60 undergraduate hours 
    • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice, and have a minimum of one year clinical experience within the last five years.
    • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session that includes a written essay.
Prerequisites:
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course
  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate course in research

Application Deadline:

  • April 15 for following Fall Semester
  • October 15 for following Spring Semester

Application: Application materials are available here

 


   

Program Information

Number of Graduate Faculty: 7

Number of Students:
The number of students admitted is based on available faculty and clinical/practicum resources. Classes are admitted annually each fall semester. Enrollment is year-round and structured on a part-time basis.  

Location of Course Offerings
Biltmore Park (Some coursework is on-line or Web-enhanced.)

Graduate Program Directors:

Nurse Educator Program Director
Dr. Linda Comer
828-227-2141 | Email: lcomer@wcu.edu

Nurse Anesthesia Program Director
Dr. Shawn Collins
828-654-6517| Email: shawncollins@wcu.edu

Nurse Leadership Program Director 
Professor Ramona Whichello
828-654-6514 | Email: rwhichello@wcu.edu

Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director
Dr. Tamera Pearson
828-654-6519 | Email: tlpearson@wcu.edu

 

 

 

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