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New doctorate degree in family nurse practitioner offered

Applications are now being accepted for a new Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Western Carolina University that will prepare nurses as family nurse practitioners. The first cohort is set to begin in May 2022.

Family nurse practitioners offer a broad scope of family care, treating from infants to seniors and all ages in between. They hold office visits, diagnose and prescribe medications, perform diagnostic and lab work, and consult other medical professionals. The profession has found popularity as a primary health care provider, particularly in rural communities.

WCU students will attend classes at the Biltmore Park instructional site every Tuesday throughout the first semester, in addition to online instruction. Clinical courses will begin during the third semester. Students will have access to state-of-the-art classroom and lab space, as well as opportunities for hands-on experience through off-site clinical partnerships.

Potential applicants are invited to a virtual open house Thursday, Oct. 14, from 5-6 p.m. Scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available.

WCU’s School of Nursing offers nationally ranked, accredited, highly affordable undergraduate and graduate programs. For more information, contact program director Lydia Elliott at  

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