Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree in as little as 20 months with our streamlined curriculum
  • Gain experience through two on-site intensive weekends
  • 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 - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


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.*

Our post-master’s certificate helps you gain the knowledge and develop the skill you need to take on these more advanced roles, while specializing in mental health care.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their Post-Master’s Certificate?

  • You can earn your degree in as little as 20 months – that’s under two years!
  • Get hands-on practice through two on-site intensives delivered on campus
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • 24-hour access to library and courses

Our post-master’s certificate programs are designed for working professionals with asynchronous online classes that lets you study when and where it’s convenient for you.

Our curriculum offers the online flexibility you need to pursue an advanced degree while working in your current position or balancing life responsibilities.

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

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

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 32 months at the accelerated program pace – that’s under three years!
  • Get hands-on practice through two on-site intensives delivered on campus
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • 24-hour access to library and courses

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.

Upon graduation, RN to MSN students will:

  • Integrate the various sciences from nursing and such other fields as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and the organizations sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of various healthcare settings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Apply evidence-based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate and integrate and coordinate patient care.
  • Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  • Communicate and coordinate with a variety of health professionals in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
  • Identify and integrate the various evidence-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.
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of nursing and relevant sciences and the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences healthcare outcomes for individual, families, populations or systems.

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