FNP Program Admissions Requirements
The applicants seeking admission in West Coast University’s Post Master’s FNP Certificate program must meet the following admissions requirements:
- A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE (or equivalent) approved graduate program in nursing.
- Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education. A graduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher is required.
- Applicants with a graduate 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 online Post Master's FNP program to be removed from conditional status. Note: 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
- Proficiency in English is mandatory. All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to either complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL: https://www.toefl.org), or meet one of the criteria shown below. Note: The minimum overall TOEFL score is 84 (internet-based test); 24 is the minimum score in the speaking section, and 24 is the minimum score in the writing section. Consult with Nursing and Student Affairs for any questions on TOEFL examinations and scoring.
West Coast University will also consider proof of English Proficiency established if official documentation of one of the following is provided:
- Graduation from an accredited U.S./international high school program where English is the primary language of instruction and examination, achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a minimum of three English courses.
- Within the last five years, successfully completed at least three years of instruction from an accredited U.S./international high school where English is the primary language of instruction and examination, including three years of English (not ESL) courses with a grade of “B” or higher.
- Within the last three years, successfully completed at least two years of full-time coursework at the post-secondary level (accredited college or University) where English is the primary language of instruction and examination, including two English courses (one course must be a 200 level course or higher) with a grade of “B” or higher.
- Minimum university ACT composite score with a minimum English score of 20.
- Minimum university SAT composite score with a minimum Critical Reading score of 525.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination (academic modules) taken within the last twelve months, results must be sent by paper to the University campus Registrar office, with a score of 6.5 of better.
- Applicants to the FNP track must have a minimum of one year of direct patient care experience within the past 3 years prior to entering FNP courses.
- Recommendation for admission following an interview with the graduate nursing admissions committee, and submission of an essay. 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.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation from health care professionals or other non-family professionals who can address the applicant's clinical expertise and academic preparation for the program.
- Post Master's FNP online applicants can transfer any or all three of the APRN courses; Advanced Pathophysiology (NURS530), Advanced Pharmacology (NURS676), and Advanced Physical Assessment (NURS680). Due to the importance of the content, these courses can only transfer under the following conditions;
- Courses must be taken within three (3) years prior to starting the Post Master's FNP online courses. If more than three years has elapsed since these courses have been taken, the student will need to repeat them. These courses are in the first two terms of the curriculum.
- All students who have taken Advanced Physical Assessment within three years will also need to pass an OSCE – Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation, on campus, performed in the presence of the FNP faculty, to assess their readiness to begin the clinical rotations in the FNP track. A written exam covering health assessment content will also be administered at this time.
- All Students who have taken Advanced Pharmacology within three years without the BRN approved prescriptive authority will need to take and pass the “45‐Hour Advanced Pharmacology Course” provided by Barkley & Associates, Inc. in order to transfer those credits
- Applications are expected to be complete and submitted 30 days prior to the first day of instruction. Post-Master's FNP applications received after the application deadline will be considered for admission on a space available basis.