Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing Program (All tracks) must meet the following admissions requirements:
- Submit a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative cost of processing application.
- Have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or 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 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 class 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 requires 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.