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  • Earn your degree in as little as 40 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Gain experience through 785 practice hours
  • 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 
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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RN-MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner

Why?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is expected to increase by 45% between 2019 and 2029, much faster than average.1

Our RN to Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner track helps you gain the knowledge and develop the skills you need to take on these more advanced nursing opportunities.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm

Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our RN to MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program helps provide 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.

National board preparation exams are integrated into the coursework. 

Get experience through two on-site intensives (OSIs) lasting three days each. During the OSIs, you’ll have the opportunity to practice and develop skills with hands-on learning.

Program requirements include two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends and precepted hours in order to graduate. Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California and students enrolled through the Dallas campus must complete their OSI’s in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation. Graduates will be able to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method One", for more information about certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at, http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/np-app.pdf

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their RN to MSN?

  • Choose a pace that works for you with Accelerated and Working Professional options
  • You can earn your degree in as little as 40 months at the accelerated program pace — that’s just over three years
  • MSN core courses are delivered online and followed by FNP specialty courses that are offered online with six scheduled onsite intensives
  • Gain experience through 785 precepted clinical hours
  • Faculty mentors are assigned to each students
  • Meets National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) standards

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 RN to 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.

 Program requirements include two (2) 3-day On-site Intensive (OSI) weekends and precepted hours in order to graduate. Students enrolled through the Orange County campus must complete their OSI’s in California and students enrolled through the Dallas campus must complete their OSI’s in Texas. Travel costs are not included in tuition and fees, and students are responsible for arranging transportation. Graduates will be able to apply for certification with the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) through "Method One", for more information about certification application requirements, please visit the California Board of Registered Nursing at, http://www.rn.ca.gov/pdfs/applicants/np-app.pdf

The core courses and directed practicum offer expanded study in the healthcare areas of advocacy, program management, education, clinical practice, research, and health policy formulation.

The RN to MSN learning program outcome is committed to the development of the nursing professional who can:

  1. Integrate the various sciences from nursing and such other fields as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and the organizational sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of various 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 working relationships across a variety of disciplines.
  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. Demonstrates proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate and 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 health and health care.
  7. Communicate and coordinate with a variety of health professionals 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 nursing and relevant sciences and the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations or systems.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the online RN to MSN program must satisfy these requirements:

  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.

Learn more about Tuition and Fees for this program by clicking here.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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