RN to MSN - Advanced Generalist, RN to MSN - Informatics Track, RN to MSN - Nurse Educator Track, RN to MSN - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Tracks, RN to MSN - Nurse Leadership Track

Program Location

Distance Education/Online 
- RN-MSN Advanced Generalist
- RN-MSN Informatics
- RN-MSN Nurse Educator
- RN-MSN Nurse Leader

        -       RN-MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

        - RN-MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

        -       RN-MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

        -       RN-MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Credits

RN-MSN

- Advanced Generalist - 141 Credits
- Informatics - 141 Credits
- Nurse Educator - 141 Credits
- Nurse Leader - 141 Credits

- Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner - 154 Credits

        - Family Nurse Practitioner - 158 Credits

        -       Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - 158  Credits

        -       Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - 155 Credits

Program Length

RN-MSN

         - Advanced Generalist:  

6 Trimesters,  96 Instructional Weeks or

10 Trimesters, 160 Instructional Weeks

- Informatics:  

6 Trimesters, 96 Instructional Weeks or

9 Trimesters, 144 Instructional Weeks

 

- Nurse Educator:  

6 Trimesters, 96 Instructional Weeks or

9 Trimesters, 144 Instructional Weeks

 

- Nurse Leader:  

6 Trimesters, 96 Instructional Weeks or

9 Trimesters, 144 Instructional Weeks

 

        -       Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

6 Trimesters, 96 Instructional Weeks or

11 Trimesters, 176 Instructional Weeks

 

- Family Nurse Practitioner:  

7 Trimesters, 112 Instructional Weeks or 

11 Trimesters, 176 Instructional Weeks

 

-       Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:

8 Trimesters, 128 Instructional Weeks or

11 Trimesters, 176 Instructional Weeks

 

-       Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:

7 Trimesters, 112 Instructional Weeks or

11 Trimesters, 176 Instructional Weeks

Time to Complete

RN-MSN
- Advanced Generalist:  24 Months or 40 Months

- Informatics:  24 Months or 36 Months

- Nurse Educator:  24 Months or 36 Months
- Nurse Leader:  24 Months or 36 Months

        -       Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 24 Months or 44 Months

        - Family Nurse Practitioner:  28 Months or 44 Months  

        -       Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner:  32 Months or 44 Months

        -       Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:  28 Months or 44 Months

Total program length may vary. WCU distance education programs may not be available to residents in all states.

 

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Advanced Generalist:  Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 11-9111.00         

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator:  Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 11-9111.00

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner:  Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 29-1171.00, 11-9111.00

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Informatics:  Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 11-9111.00, 15-1121.01

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Leader:  Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1141.00, 25-1072.00, 11-9111.00, 15-1121.01

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: SOC Code: 29-1170

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner:  SOC Code:  29-1170

RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner:  SOC Code:  29-1170

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing is to provide evidence-based and innovative nursing education to culturally diverse learners; preparing nurses to provide quality and compassionate care that is responsive to the needs of the community and the global society.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, RN to MSN students will:

1. 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 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. Demonstrate 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 andcoordinate 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. 

RN to MSN

The RN-MSN program promotes foundational competencies that are core to advanced nursing practice in a never-changing and globally reaching healthcare environment. Academic, practice experience, and interpersonal preparation are characterized by increased depth in organizational and systems’ leadership within a culture of integrity and personal accountability in a community that values the dignity and contributions of all members. Standards of ethical behavior and decision-making are essential foundations ofthe education programs that guide individuals to distinguish ethical principles and understand theconsequences and implications beyond personal and organizational self-interest.

This RN-MSN degree programs build upon prior nursing clinical knowledge and experience and focuses on the core knowledge, skills and abilities that are essential to meet the complexities of today's healthcare environment.  Academic, practice experience, and interpersonal preparation are characterized by increased depth in organizational and systems' leadership within a culture of integrity and personal accountability in acommunity that values the dignity and contributions of all members.

The core courses and practice experience offer expanded study in the health care areas of advocacy, program management, education, clinical practice, research, and health policy formulation. Graduates will be able to formulate an inspirational perspective of nursing, incorporating a wide range of theories from nursing and other sciences. The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) provides a foundation for the theoretical and clinical emphasis of the RN- MSN program.

RN to MSN Nurse Informatics Track

The Informatics track focuses upon preparing students for an exciting career in the development and management of healthcare information technology, incorporating the tools and skills to design and improve the use of informatics into practice, education, administration and research.  This program helps prepare graduates to assist in the creation, analysis, and testing of applications utilized in electronic health records, provide support and training and act as a liaison between all departments involved in the introduction and use of healthcare technology, as well as facilitate the analysis of clinical data for performance improvement programs and enhance the continuity of care.  

RN to MSN Nurse Educator Track

The Nurse Educator track focuses on the development of the nursing professional who can integrate enhanced leadership skills with nursing education in he academic or service setting, to formulate a professional commitment to learning and to make a contribution to quality improvement.  There is a critical shortage of nursing faculty in the United States and this program provides students with advanced content essential for today's contemporary nurse educator.  The program integrates content related to adult learning, curriculum design, simulation and evaluation of nursing courses and programs in a variety of settings.  The program also includes opportunities to explore contemporary educational modalities.  The knowledge andexpertise gained through this program are applicable in a variety of settings.  

RN to MSN Nurse Leader Track

The West Coast University RN to Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program Nurse Leader track helps to prepare the graduate for the challenges of leading health care organizations through these times of constant change and innovation, which demands highly qualified leaders with a well-rounded understanding of clinical, managerial, and business concepts. Students will learn the theories and concepts of leadership models, research utilization, strategic planning and financial management, as well as policy development, ethical concepts and practices, and opportunities to collaborate with other health care disciplines. The program prepares the nurse leader to lead processes and teams, and apply analytical and problem-solving skills on a daily basis to enhance the quality of patient care outcomes in a variety of settings. 

RN to MSN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks

 

RN to MSN Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

 

The RN to MSN Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks are designed to build on the experiences of the registered nurse and prepare the student to meet the health care needs of the family by providing health assessments, direct care, and guidance, teaching, or counseling as appropriate, particularly around client/family self-care.  The APRN typically works collaboratively with physicians and other professionals within the health care system. APRNs work in a variety of health care settings, such as but not limited to private practice, clinics, community health organizations, prisons, schools, and hospice care.  The demand for more Nurse Practitioners continues to grow as they present a viable solution to the growing trend of fewer physicians entering

practice. These tracks are aligned with standards set by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. 

 

RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

 

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) is a registered nurse educated at the Master’s level as a nurse practitioner. The focus of care for the FNP is children and adults of all ages, in the context of the family unit. The FNP is educated to provide high-quality, continual, and comprehensive wellness and illness care to children and adults by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management, and illness prevention. The FNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt healthcare interventions based on individualized assessments of individual/family needs. The FNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity, and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. Family nurse practitioners practice primarily in ambulatory care settings.

 

RN to MSN Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) is a Registered Nurse educated at the Master's level as a nurse practitioner. The focus for the AGPCNP is to provide primary care to individuals across the adult age spectrum from late adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, AG PCNPs are prepared to provide comprehensive end of life care to adults. The AGPCNP is educated to provide high quality, continual and comprehensive wellness and illness care to adults by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management and illness prevention. The AGPCNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual needs. The AG PCNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. AGPCNP delivers care may include community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, health maintenance organizations, Veteran's Administration facilities, Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) units, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, acute and chronic rehabilitation centers, urgent care and emergency departments.

 

RN to MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG ACNP) is a Registered Nurse educated at the Master's level as a nurse practitioner. The focus for the AG ACNP is to provide Acute care to individuals across the adult age spectrum from late adolescence through older adulthood. In addition, AG ACNPs are prepared to provide comprehensive end of life care to adults. The AG ACNP is educated to provide high quality, continual and comprehensive wellness and illness care to adults by providing preventive health services, patient education, disease management and illness prevention. The AG ACNP is prepared to implement evidence-based practice guidelines and to critically analyze and adapt health care interventions based on individualized assessments of individual needs. The AG ACNP practices in the context of community, with broad knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the specific needs of people from diverse populations and cultural backgrounds. AG ACNP delivers care may include community health centers and clinics, private medical practices, specialty clinics, health maintenance organizations, Veteran's Administration facilities, Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) units, adult day health centers, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care settings, acute and chronic rehabilitation centers, urgent care and emergency departments.

This program meets the educational eligibility requirements for the ANCC Nurse Executive, Board Certified Credential (NE-BC).  

RN to MSN Admissions 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 2.7 from the student's Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program.  
    1. Applicants with an undergraduate degree GPA of 2.5-2.69 may be considered for probationary admission after meeting the following admissions requirements:  
      1. The applicant must provide a letter of intent.  
      2. The applicant must be approved for admission following and interview with the Program Dean/Director.  
      3. The applicant must satisfy program prerequisites and achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all coursework attempted over the first trimester (two terms).  Students failing to meet these requirements following the first trimester (two terms) will be withdrawn from the university.  

  5. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.  
  6. One (1) year of direct patient care experience as a registered nurse (RN)  within the past five years is preferred except for the APRN tracks which require one (1) year of full-time RN experience in direct care prior to entering APRN core courses. 

*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 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tracks Only:

In addition to the admissions requirements above, applicants to the RN to Master of Science in Nursing - Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) tracks must also meet the following admissions requirements:

  1. Recommendation for admission by the Program Dean/Director and admission committee members. Past academic performance and professional achievements will be evaluated using a rubric to determine the applicant’s level of qualification.

  2. Submission of a written essay that addresses the applicant’s career goals and motivations for APRN study. 
  3. Applicants to the APRN tracks must have a minimum of one (1) year of direct patient care RN experience prior to entering APRN core courses.  
  4. Submission of a current Curriculum Vitae.
  5. All applicants may be contacted for a personal interview with the Program Dean as needed based on the submitted application. 
  6. Students who have taken an outside or generalist Advanced Health/Physical Assessment course (or its equivalent) within five (5) years must participate in the On-site Intensive (OSI) weekend for Advanced Health/Physical Assessment course and must pass the Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (OSCE) to receive credits. Students who do not pass the OSCE must repeat the APRN Advanced Health/Physical Assessment course at West Coast University. 
  7. Students who have previously taken an outside or generalist Advanced Pharmacology which was not approved by the BRN for prescriptive authority will need to complete and pass a BRN-approved Advanced Pharmacology course/module (or equivalent) prior to the end of first term of matriculation to receive credits. 

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.  

RN-MSN-APRN Progression Requirement

  1. In the APRN tracks, students must receive a grade of "B-" or better in all APRN track courses taken to progress.  Students will be allowed one (1) course failure (theory or clinical) with opportunity to repeat it. If the student fails the second time, the student will be dismissed from the APRN and may move to the MSN (non-APRN) program. 
  2. An APRN student may be dismissed for the following reasons: Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress according to the standards of the program; conduct reasons; or failure to meet program-specific grade and/or clinical requirements. 
  3. Due to the importance of the content of the three (3) Advanced Practice core courses (Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health/Physical Assessment), they (or their equivalents) must have been completed within the last five (5) years with a grade of "B-" or better prior to starting APRN core courses. If more than five years has elapsed, they will need to repeat the courses. 
  4. Students must demonstrate clinical competence prior to starting the APRN track clinical/practicum courses. Demonstration includes a focused history taking, physical examination and documentation of findings. Students who do not demonstrate clinical competence cannot be placed in a clinical practicum course.
  5. A student in the APRN track must participate in the 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. Students who do not attend the OSI automatically fail the course that is associated with the OSI. 
  6. A student who fails a sequenced theory and/or clinical course may not continue to the next course in the sequence until the failed course is repeated successfully. Students must complete all required clinical hours in each of the clinical courses, or they will not progress into the next course and must follow the University Incomplete policy.

RN to MSN - Advanced Generalist Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

 
48.0
LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 570Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 580Advanced Health/Physical Assessment

3

NURS 590AAdvanced Clinical Concepts

1.5

NURS 590BAdvanced Clinical Concepts

1.5

NURS 591L-AAdvanced Clinical Practice Practicum

1.5

NURS 591L-BAdvanced Clinical Practice Practicum

1.5

NURS 690ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 690BCulminating Experience II

1.5

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

Total Credit Hours:51.0
Required at WCU
51.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
141.0

RN to MSN Informatics Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

 
48.0
PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 656Project Management in Healthcare Informatics

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 677Intro to Healthcare Informatics

3

NURS 655Database Systems, Design and Informatics

3

NURS 658Interoperability and Standards

3

NURS 659Implementation, Management, and Evaluation of Healthcare Systems

3

NURS 675L-AHealth Informatics Practicum I

1.5

NURS 693ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 675L-BHealth Informatics Practicum II

1.5

NURS 693BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:51.0
Required at WCU
51.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
141.0

RN to MSN Nurse Educator Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

 
48.0
PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 570Advanced Pharmacology

3

NURS 642Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

3

NURS 640Curriculum Design and Simulation

3.0

NURS 641LAEducation Teaching Practicum

1.5

NURS 692ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 641LBEducation Teaching Practicum

1.5

NURS 692BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:51.0
Required at WCU
51.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
141.0

RN to MSN Nurse Leader Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

 
48.0
LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

HA 550Leadership Models for Health Care Managers

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

HA 540Strategic Planning in Health Care Organizations

3

NURS 677Intro to Healthcare Informatics

3

HA 520Financial Management for Health Care Managers

3

NURS 594Advanced Practice Theory: Nursing Leadership

3

NURS 595L-AAdvanced Practice: Nurse Leader Practicum I

1.5

NURS 694ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 595L-BAdvanced Practice: Nurse Leader Practicum II

1.5

NURS 694BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:51.0
Required at WCU
51.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
141.0

RN to MSN - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

48.0

LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN

3

NURS 679Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory

3

NURS 679L-APrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I

2

NURS 679L-BPrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II

2

NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN

4

NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I

2

NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II

2

NURS 684Primary Care Women's Health: Theory

2

NURS 684LPrimary Care Women's Health: Practicum

2

NURS 691ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 691BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:64.0
Required at WCU
64.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
154.0

RN to MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

 
48.0
LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN

3

NURS 679Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory

3

NURS 679L-APrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I

2

NURS 679L-BPrimary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II

2

NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN

4

NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I

2

NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II

2

NURS 684Primary Care Women's Health: Theory

2

NURS 684LPrimary Care Women's Health: Practicum

2

NURS 685Primary Pediatric Care: Theory

2

685L 685LPrimary Pediatric Care: Practicum

2

NURS 691ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 691BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:68.0
Required at WCU
68.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
158.0

RN to MSN - Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track Curriculum

Course Number
Course Name
Total Credit Hours
ELECT 199

Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Coursework:
Up to 48 credits of transfer coursework:

  • Applicants who do not have enough previous credits to complete this requirement will have the following
    options:

* College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

* Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

* Advanced Placement (AP)

* International Baccalaureate (IB)

* American Credit Evaluation (ACE)

* National College Credit Recommendation
Service (NCCRS)

* Challenge exams

48.0

LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN

3

NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN

4

NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I

2

NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II

2

NURS 683Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology

3

NURS 686Psychiatric - Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan: Theory I

3

NURS 686LPsychiatric - Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan: Practicum I

3

NURS 687Psychiatric - Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan: Theory II

3

NURS 687LPsychiatric - Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan: Practicum II

3

NURS 691ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 691BCulminating Experience II

1.5

Total Credit Hours:68.0
Required at WCU
68.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
158.0

RN to MSN - Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track Curriculum

LDR 432Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organizations

3

MATH 211Statistics

3

PATH 370Pathophysiology

3

NURS 340APublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 340BPublic Health Nursing

1.5

NURS 495L-ACommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 495L-BCommunity Practice Experience

1.5

NURS 500Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice

3

NURS 510Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare

3

NURS 521Ethics in Healthcare

3

NURS 530Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology - APRN

3

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning

3

NURS 540Research Utilization

3

NURS 561Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

3

NURS 676Advanced Pharmacology - APRN

3

NURS 681Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Lab - APRN

4

NURS 682Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

3

NURS 682L-AAdvanced Healthcare Residency I

2

NURS 682L-BAdvanced Healthcare Residency II

2

NURS 691ACulminating Experience I

1.5

NURS 691BCulminating Experience II

1.5

NURS 696Acute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory I

3

NURS 696LAcute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum I

3

NURS 697Acute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Theory II

3

NURS 697LAcute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient: Practicum II

3

Total Credit Hours:65.0
Required at WCU
65.0
Awarded for College-Level Non-Nursing Courses
48.0
Awarded for Unobstructed RN Licensure
42.0
Degree Total
155.0