Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing Program (All tracks) must meet the following admissions requirements:
- Have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or a Bachelor of Arts degree in a closely related field from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education for admission to the MSN curriculum. Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to verify course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health. If course work is required, the student may be admitted to the program, but must complete the additional course requirements before starting the MSN core courses.
- Submit the required official Bachelor's degree transcript from institutions recognized prior to the end of the add/drop period of the first term. Nurses who have received a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution in another discipline are eligible to apply.
- An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
- Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on probation, but must achieve a B (3.0) or better in the first 9 credits in the program to be removed from probation.
- Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
- Provide proof of current unobstructed professional licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States.
- Students awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.
- Completion of an introductory Statistics course with a grade of "C" or better, equivalent to MATH 211 (Applied Statistics). Applicants who have not taken an introductory statistics course may take MATH 211 at WCU as part of their MSN program (must be taken prior to the Research class).
- One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred except for the FNP track which required one year of full-time experience in direct care prior to entering FNP core classes.
*All students must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified again prior to entering the practicum course. Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unobstructed.
Admissions Requirements (MSN-FNP only)
In addition to meeting the admissions requirements above, applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner track must also meet the following admissions requirements:
- Recommendation for admission following an interview with the Nursing Dean and admission committee members. This also includes a handwritten essay evaluation. Past academic performance and professional activity will be evaluated, e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments. These qualifications will be evaluated using a rubric in order to determine the applicant’s level of qualification.
- Applicants to the FNP track must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care experience within the past three (3) years prior to entering FNP courses.
- Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation from most recent employer (supervisor) and from a professor who can address the applicant's clinical expertise and academic preparation for the program.
- Applications are expected to be complete and submitted 60 days prior to the first day of instruction. Applications received after the application deadline will be considered for admission on a space available basis.
West Coast University offers conditional admission to the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track to applicants who are academically qualified but have not met all of the conditions for admission. Applicants unable to demonstrate sufficient professional experience may be admitted with conditions to the program by the Graduate Admissions Interview Committee. Students accepted with conditions will remain on this status until successfully completing all of the requirements for full admission. A follow-up interview will be scheduled during the term preceding the FNP core courses to determine if the conditions have been met. If the specified conditions are not met, the student will be transferred to the MSN Advanced Generalist Track (or equivalent) and all credits earned will be applied towards the completion of that track.