Western Carolina University’s graduate studies in nursing provide students with academic and field-based experiences that lead to a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing (MSN). The online program prepares nurses for the role of nurse educator with competencies in three educational areas: academic educator, staff educator, and patient educator. The program admits twice per year. The application deadline for fall is April 1. The application deadline for spring is October 1.
A Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education is also available to students who have earned an MSN or master’s degree in a related discipline. All academic courses are taught online. Practicum placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities.
Degree Requirements: The MS(N) Nurse Educator Program requires 38 to 39 semester hours of coursework, depending on whether the thesis or project option is selected. New students are admitted for the fall or spring semesters. The typical course load is six to nine credit hours per semester (part-time).
Certificate Requirements: The Post-Graduate Certificate Program requires 19 semester hours of study and can be completed in five semesters. The number of nurse educator students admitted is based on available faculty and clinical resources.
In order to be eligible for admission MS(N) Nurse Educator Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate Program Option
Admission requirements are the same as for the applicants for the MS(N) Program except for the following criteria:
Application to the MS(N) Program requires application to the Graduate School.
Required courses are laid out in six semesters. Nurse Educator Curriculum
Visit the Graduate School’s tuition and fee rates page for current cost information. Admitted students are required to be computer literate and either own or have regular access to a computer with a CD writer and high-speed Internet. Nurse Educator students are required to purchase a microphone and webcam for their computers. Additional expenses include textbooks at approximately $800 per year.