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  • Earn your degree in as little as 24 months with our streamlined curriculum 
  • Get the flexibility of online classes with on-the-go resources and mobile-friendly content
  • Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation 
  • Gain 135 practice experience hours to further your career
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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MSN - Nurse Leader

Why?

Build on your nursing experience with our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) online program.

Our MSN-Nurse Leader track helps prepare you for a variety of new nursing opportunities, opening the door to more advanced leadership roles. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for nurses is expected to increase by 7% between 2019 and 2029, faster than average for all occupations.1

Graduates of the MSN-Nurse Leader program will have the foundation necessary to take on a wide range of positions, including:

  • Executive Director
  • Nursing Administrator
  • Chief Nursing Officer
  • Department Head

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our MSN-Nurse Leader program helps you develop your leadership skills and provides you the foundation you need to take on more advanced nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings.

Our curriculum offers the online flexibility for candidates who are looking to pursue an advanced degree while working in their current position or balancing life responsibilities.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

Gain hands-on experience through 135 hours of practice experience through clinical placement practicums.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their MSN?

  • Earn your degree online in as little as 24 months
  • Get hands-on experience through advanced clinical placement practicums
  • Complete 135 hours of practice experience
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • In California and Texas, students have access to our on-campus technologically advanced simulation centers
  • 24-hour access to library and course

Online Environment

At WCU, you are not alone. WCU offers you the support and guidance to help you achieve your professional goals. Our online classes are energizing, engaging and enriched with video content, simulations, adaptive quizzing and on the-go resources—to help you stay connected wherever you are. WCU's MSN-Nurse Leader online programs is simple to navigate and easy to use while we support you with clear and continuous access to your instructors, peers, student services and our 24/7 technical support.

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online MSN students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Upon graduation, online MSN students should be able to exemplify these skills:

  1. Integrate nursing science and related fields, such as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and organization sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of health care settings.
  2. Provide leadership in a variety of settings that promote high quality, safe patient care that also incorporates ethical decision making and effective inter-professional working relationships.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to effect quality improvement that incorporates the various models, standards and performance measures necessary to apply quality principles, within any type of organization.
  4. Apply evidenced-based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate, integrate and coordinate patient care.
  6. Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence individual health and health care systems.
  7. Communicate and coordinate inter-professionally in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
  8. Identify and integrate the various evidenced based practices of health promotion and disease prevention using client-centered, culturally and age-appropriate concepts in the nursing process of services to individuals, families and broad-based aggregate populations.
  9. Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific and nursing-specific knowledge with the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations and/or systems.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing degree (All tracks) must meet the following MSN admissions requirements:

  1. Have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing or more advanced degree; or Bachelor of Arts degree in a closely related field from an accredited institution recognized by the United States Department of Education with a cumulative grade-point average (CGPA) of 2.7 or higher. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to have course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health. Applicants that do not have the minimum required coursework may be admitted to the program but must complete the additional course requirements before starting the MSN core courses.
    1. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than Nursing will be required to have course work or experience in undergraduate research, leadership/management, and public/community health. Applicants that do not have the minimum required coursework may be admitted to the program but must complete the additional course requirements before starting the MSN core courses.
    2. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts will be required to have their coursework evaluated by a transcript evaluation service to determine the equivalency to a U.S. degree/coursework. If the transcript evaluation is unclear as to the equivalency to a U.S. degree/coursework, the Program Dean will review the transcript (translated if necessary) and transcript evaluation to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been met for admission.
    3. Applicants submitting advanced degrees will be reviewed by the Program Dean to determine if a minimum of 3 academic years of undergraduate coursework has been met for admission.
    4. Applicants with an undergraduate degree cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to 2.69 may be admitted on a probationary status. Students enrolled in a probationary status must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in the first 9 credits or be dismissed from the program.
    5. Official transcripts must be received prior to the end of the add/drop period of the first term.
  2. 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 course).
  3. Provide proof of current unobstructed professional licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States.
    1. Applicants 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 prior to entering the practicum.
    2. Applicants awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if all other admissions criteria are met, however, must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.
    3. Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such a time license in current and unobstructed.
  4. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred

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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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