RN to MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

RN to MSN-FNP Admission Requirements

Applicants to the program must meet the following standards (RN-MSN All Track Options):

  1. Submit a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative cost of processing application. 
  2. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States. 
    1. Applicants 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.**
  3. Submit official transcripts from a Board of Nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program;
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the first week of the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree. Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted into the program.
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of the nursing degree. Official transcripts must be submitted to document program completion.
  4. Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 from the student's Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program.
    1. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be admitted on probation, but must achieve a cumulative B (3.0) or better within their first trimester.
  5. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
  6. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred.

*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 RN-MSN-FNP Track:

In addition to meeting the admissions requirements above, applicants to the Family Nurse Practitioner track must:

  1. Receive a recommendation for admission from the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee following an interview. As part of the process, applicants must submit an essay for evaluation. Past academic performance and professional activity will be evaluated, e.g., community, organizational, and volunteer service, and creative professional accomplishments.
  2. Applicants to the FNP track must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care experience within the past five (5) years prior to entering FNP courses.
  3. 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.

Nursing (RN to MSN) Transfer Credits

The RN to MSN program awards 42 transfer credits for an unobstructed current RN license issued in the United States and up to 48 credits of general education transfer credits (total of 90 transfer credits). 

Students who are requesting transfer credit for courses in the core curriculum must submit official transcripts by the first day of the first term in which the student commences his or her education at West Coast University. 

Nursing applicants requesting additional transfer credits for courses must provide official transcripts no later than six months after the start of the semester in which the student commences his or her education at the University.  Only college-level coursework will be considered for transfer credit.  All coursework must have been taken at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Note:  Students enrolled in the RN-MSN program must have earned/transferred in 72 credits in order to be eligible for federal Title IV financial aid.  

Progression Requirements (All MSN Tracks)

A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 is required in all 500 and 600 courses for graduation. Students are also required to meet all requirements under the Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

NURS 496L A&B Language

Students who do not intend to earn a California Public Health Certificate should register for NURS 496L A & B as a substitute for NURS 495L. Please contact your program dean if you have any questions.

FNP Progression Requirement

In the FNP track/certificate, students must receive a grade of B or better in all FNP-specific courses taken in order to progress. Students will be allowed one opportunity to repeat a course for a higher grade. If unsuccessful, the student may move to another program track, if available or will be dismissed.

As a track prerequisite, the following courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years with a grade of B (3.0) or better:

  1. NURS 530 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology
  2. NURS 676 Advanced Pharmacology
  3. NURS 680 Advanced Health/Physical Assessment

A student in the Family Nurse Practitioner RN to MSN online program at West Coast University participates in two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends.  The OSI brings students to campus to learn, practice and demonstrate essential hands-on skills and competencies needed by nurse practitioners.

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