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Graduate Nursing Program

NEW Course - NURS 521 Statistics

Current students, we now recommend you enroll for NURS 521 instead of PH 520. Two sessions will be offered this summer.

 

Graduate nursing program

The Graduate Nursing program at WKU builds upon the first professional degree, the bachelor of science in nursing. The purpose of the program is to develop expertise in advance nursing practice, nursing education, or nursing administration. The program prepares the nurse for increased accountability, proficiency, and leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings.

 

SPECIALTY CONCENTRATIONS

We have options to meet the needs of the growing demand for nurses with advanced levels of education.

Family Nurse Practitioner - NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT THE MSN LEVEL; please visit the DNP website for additional information.

Nurse Educator: All courses in this concentration are offered online.  New curriculum will start Summer 2015.

Nurse Administrator: Allows students to select, with guidance from an advisor, support courses from other disciplines, such as, the MBA program, Health Care Administration, Communication, Leadership Studies, and other related programs.

Application date for Nurse Administrator students for summer 2015 is April 1, 2015.  Contact donna.blackburn@wku.edu or beverly.siegrist@wku.edu for additional information.

RN to MSN Bridge: For applicants with an associate degree in nursing and a baccalaureate degree in a related field.   Students entering this track may enter either the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator MSN specialty areas. In addition to the required courses in the MSN program,  RN to MSN students must complete the following  undegraduate pre-requisite courses:

  • NURS 408 Professional Issues for the RN
  • NURS 430 Public Health Nursing Theory

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Post MSN Certificates: For people who have an MSN and wish to add a second specialty area:

 

APPLYING TO THE MSN PROGRAM

The admission process is a multi-step process. Please note the following admission deadlines:

April 1st for Fall admission and October 1st for Spring Admission

Admission Criteria:

  • Completion of a CCNE or NLN accredited BSN program with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduates of non-accredited programs are considered on an individual basis. RN-MSN program applicants must be a graduate of a CCNE or NLN accredited associate degree in nursing program and have earned the related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is not required for individuals who have a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate cumulative GPA. See the Graduate Catalog at the Graduate School website for information on the required GRE scores at WKU.
  • Hold unencumbered or have applied for RN licensure in Kentucky or compact state.
  • One year of full-time nursing experience is required prior to enrolling (following acceptance) in clinical courses in the nurse practitioner options.

Application Process & Procedures - Graduate School

  • Apply to the Graduate School at wku.edu/graduate and submit required fee.
  • Send official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to the Graduate School. (WKU graduates – do not send transcripts).  Please refer to the Graduate School website (wku.edu/graduate) for mailing address.
  • Note:
    • You will receive an admission letter from the Graduate School following submission of your application and transcripts. This does not indicate admission to the School of Nursing Graduate program.
    • You may only take classes beginning the semester you indicate on your application.
    • Acceptance of graduate transfer courses by the Graduate School does not mean that the courses fulfill course requirement in MSN courses. See the WKU Graduate Catalog for transfer policies.

 Application Process & Procedures - School of Nursing Graduate Program:

  • Submit the following to the School of Nursing Graduate Program to melissa.hamlin@wku.edu:
    • 3 professional references on form provided to include nurse manager or nurse administrator and nursing faculty (if you have graduated from BSN program was in past 3 years).
    •  Professional resume or CV
    • A written goal statement responding to the following questions:

1. Why is the concentration you have chosen and the WKU program a good fit for you?

 2. What plans have you made to support your success in the program? For example, decreasing work, arranging finances, etc.,

 3. Where will you be working 3-5 years following graduation and in what role?

  • Note:
    • Submission of official transcripts to the School of Nursing Graduate Program may delay your application process.  Official transcripts are to be submitted directly to the Graduate School.  Please refer to the Application Process & Procedures - Graduate School section above for more information pertaining to transcripts.

All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program webpage. We suggest you submit the School of Nursing materials electronically to melissa.hamlin@wku.edu. An interview may be offered following a review of admission materials. Completion of an interview and acceptance by the Graduate School does not assure acceptance into the MSN program. Admission is competitive.

Submission of the School of Nursing materials can be mailed to:

Western Kentucky University School of Nursing
1906 College Heights Blvd., #11036
Attention: Graduate Nursing Program
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1036

For more information please call 270-745-3590.

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