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 MS(N). The program prepares nurses for the role of nurse leader with a focus on culturally and linguistically appropriate services.
All academic courses are taught online. Practicum placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities and may focus on medically underserved and culturally diverse populations. Students will complete a thesis or scholarly project and pass comprehensive exams in addition to coursework.
Degree Requirements: The MS(N) Nursing Leadership Program requires 40 to 41 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).
In order to be eligible for admission MS(N) Nursing Leadership Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The GRE or MAT is not required for Nurse Leadership applicants
Application to the MS(N) Program requires application to the Graduate School.
Only complete applications will be eligible for review.
As part of the online application, the applicant needs to prepare the following:
The Nurse Educator Program admits students twice a year:
Students accepted into the program are required to be computer literate and either own or have regular access to a computer with a CD writer and high-speed Internet access. Students are required to purchase a microphone and webcam for their computers. Additional expenses include the purchase of textbooks at approximately $800.00 plus per year.