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  Dec 15, 2017
 
CURRENT 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog

Family Nurse Practitioner


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Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Nursing - Nursing must possess a B.S.N. from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for in the nursing major. They must have completed an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods. They must also submit three professional references, a resume, and a professional statement (details at http://www.wcu.edu/learn/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/hhs-schools-depts/nursing/).

Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in North Carolina and have a minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience within the past five years and may be required to participate in an interview session that includes a written exercise. Applicants who are admitted to the program must own or have access to a computer with Internet service. Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite. Meeting minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance into a program.

Program Description

The Master of Science degree in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner prepares nurses in an advanced practice role with competencies based on scientific inquiry, information literacy and ethics. Upon completion, graduates will be prepared to provide quality primary health care, health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common conditions across the life span. The two-year program requires 52 semester hours of graduate course work. The FNP program will include 640 clinical hours. A written comprehensive exam will be required during the final semester.  Students have the option of choosing a thesis or project.

In addition to the academic requirements, students are expected to adhere to the technical and professional standards of the program. For the most up to date information regarding these standards, program suspension, and termination refer to the program’s website linked from the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Application Deadline: February 15 of each year for Fall (August) entry.

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