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. 

Brochure: About the School of Nursing

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


 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.

Program Fact Sheet: Family Nurse Practitioner

Admission Requirements for Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Applicants must possess a BSN 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.
    • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods is required.
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • 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.
    • 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

 


 

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.

Program Fact Sheet: Nurse Leadership

Admission Requirements for Nursing - Nurse Leadership

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Three letters of recommendation (including one from your immediate supervisor)
    • Resume
    • Professional statement ( see details )
    • Applicants must have a BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale in the nursing major.
    • 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 nursing experience within the last five years.
    • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session.

Prerequisites:

  • Applicants must have completed an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods.
  • Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite.

Application Deadline

 


 

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.

Program Fact Sheet: Nurse Educator

Admission Requirements for Nurse Educator

  • Graduate School Admission Requirements
  • Program Admission Requirements
    • Resume
    • Professional statement ( see details)
    • Three letters of recommendation (including one from your immediate supervisor)
    • Applicants must have a BSN 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.

Prerequisites:

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

Application Deadline

 


Graduate Program Directors:

Nurse Educator Program Director
Professor Ramona Whichello
828-654-6514 | Email: rwhichello@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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