MS in Nursing
MS in Nursing

Earn your Master's degree in nursing and stand out in the crowd.

WCU's graduate nursing program has been developed to provide you with the foundation to achieve your professional goals.

Whether you want to become a nurse educator or move into a leadership role, the Master's degree in Nursing program has been designed to help you be prepared. Advanced degrees are often necessary for many administrative, research, consulting and teaching positions.

This program takes your education to another level, helping to prepare you for more challenging career options in administrative or higher education teaching roles. Delivery of the MS in Nursing program has been crafted with working adult schedules in mind:

  • MSN program can be completed in 6-10 terms, depending on the track you select. Each term is 10 weeks.
  • Program completion in as little as 14-23 months.
  • Most Master's in Nursing Courses offered in a bookend format, with students coming to campus for the first and last meetings of each 10-week term. The rest of the term instruction is delivered in an online environment.

Success-Driven Curriculum

WCU's Master of Science in Nursing degree program helps prepare nurses to build on their nursing experience and enhance their careers to prepare for administrative, practical, and teaching roles. We offer 5 nursing tracks based on guidance taken from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Master's Essentials. Beginning August 2013, these tracks will include:

  • Generalist 
    This track is designed to help prepare graduates to take on more challenging career options in administrative or higher education teaching roles, by building on prior clinical knowledge and experience.
  • Nurse Educator
    Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when our need for nurses continues to grow. This program addresses that concern by helping to prepare graduates for the faculty role, making the graduate eligible for approval by the Board of Nursing to teach in a California pre-licensure nursing program.
  • Clinical Nurse Leader
    This track helps to prepare graduates for clinical leadership at the unit level. Students will have the opportunity through additional coursework and clinical hours to obtain the title of Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in a specific clinical area. As a Clinical Nurse Leader, graduates will collaborate with multiple practice partners and implement quality improvement and patient safety initiatives across all healthcare settings.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner*
    We designed this specialty to help prepare graduates for state licensure and eligibility to take a National Certification Examination. After passing a National Certification Examination, graduates will be eligible to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method Two"*. The Family Nurse Practitioner plays an important role in the delivery of primary healthcare, by providing health assesssments, direct care and guidance and teaching, particularly around family self-care. According to the BLS, the demand for more Practitioners continues to grow as they present a viable solution for the growing trend of fewer physicians entering the field of family practice. 
  • Strategic Innovation Management
    A blend of project development, innovation and informatics, this emphasis serves as an alternative to healthcare management or nursing administration. The graduate of this track will use data to improve health outcomes, manage health, holistically addressing global health issues, ensure connectivity, lower healthcare costs and deliver value.

Not all tracks are offered every term.

Career Opportunities

The Master of Science degree in nursing program helps prepare graduates with enhanced nursing knowledge and skills to address the evolving needs of the healthcare system. Graduates of the MSN program should have learned the following skills:

  • Staff Development
  • Nursing Leadership/Management
  • Academic Faculty Positions
  • Nursing Quality Improvement and Case Management
  • Project Management

Choose Your Graduation Date

The purpose of the graduate program in nursing is to promote foundational competencies that are core to all advanced nursing practice roles in an ever-changing and globally reaching healthcare environment. WCU is committed to pursuing more effective and innovative methodologies through which students utilize administrative expertise with the foresight to analyze problems, structure and facilitate development, and find and implement solutions, to help prepare our graduates to make a positive impact on society.

Continuing Education

After graduation, WCU supports its graduates by providing them ongoing discounted CEs and a complimentary membership to our partner company Contemporary Forums.

* The Family Nurse Practitioner coursework in both the MSN-FNP track & Post Master's FNP Certificate programs offered at the Los Angeles Campus, is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DS 20036, (202)877-6791,

The FNP coursework is not required to be approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN).  WCU's FNP program must be in operation for at least one year prior to seeking BRN approval.  WCU plans to apply for BRN approval once the program becomes eligible.  Upon receiving BRN approval, WCU graduates will be eligible to apply for an FNP Certification with the BRN through "Method One" or "Method Two". 

For more information about Certification application requirements, please visit the Calfornia Board of Registered Nursing at,