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.
Brochure: About the School of Nursing
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.
Program Fact Sheet: Family Nurse Practitioner
Admission Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner
Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance
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.
Program Fact Sheet: Nurse Leadership
Admission Requirements for Nursing - Nurse Leadership
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.
Program Fact Sheet: Nurse Educator
Admission Requirements for Nurse Educator
Graduate Program Directors:
Family Nurse Practitioner Program Director
Dr. Tamera Pearson
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