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Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Master of Science in Nursing
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.
We have options to meet the needs of the growing demand for nurses with advanced levels of education, which include Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree options as well as Post-Master of Science in Nursing (Post-MSN) certificates. All our degrees or certificates all require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), with the exception of Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator concentrations as specified in the RN to MSN Bridge section below.
MSN SPECIALTY CONCENTRATIONS
WKU's School of Nursing offers 3 specialty MSN concentrations:
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. Additional resources, such as sample Nurse Administrator course curriculum (VIEW PDF FILE HERE) and Graduate Catalog MSN information (VIEW WEBPAGE HERE), are available.
The online Nurse Educator concentration underwent a curriculum revision, with new
or revised courses being offered starting in Fall 2015. New learning opportunities
include Hospital Education, Technology & Online Teaching, and Curriculum Development. Additional
resources, such as sample Nurse Educator course curriculum (VIEW PDF FILE HERE) and Graduate Catalog MSN information (VIEW WEBPAGE HERE), are available.
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is prepared at the graduate
level to diagnose, prescribe, and treat psychiatric illnesses and mental health conditions
across the lifespan. This concentration prepares the graduate to site for the certification
as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan). Additional
resources, such as sample PMHNP course curriculum (VIEW PDF FILE HERE) and Graduate Catalog MSN information (VIEW WEBPAGE HERE), are available.
Contact email@example.com for additional information. Cohorts begin each spring and summer/fall.
Special Admission Requirements: Documentation of at least one (1) year of experience working with people with psychiatric-mental health conditions.
WKU's School of Nursing also offers a
RN to MSN Bridge
- NURS 408 Professional Issues for the RN
- NURS 430 Public Health Nursing Theory
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) specialty concentration is no longer offered within WKU's MSN program. However, a FNP concentration is available in the BSN to DNP program. Please VIEW THE DNP WEBSITE for additional information.
POST-MSN SPECIALTY CONCENTRATIONS
For people who have an MSN and wish to add a second specialty area, we have 5 Post-MSN Certificate options:
Family Nurse Practitioner
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Cohorts begin each summer.
Emergency Nurse Practitioner (Urgent Care/Fast Track)
This certificate is only available for those who already have earned a Family Nurse Practitioner or Adult Nurse Practitioner degree. First cohort projected to begin Fall 2017.
Additional information can be found in the Graduate Catalog. VIEW WEBPAGE HERE
APPLYING TO THE MSN and POST-MSN PROGRAMS (two-step process)
Admission Deadlines: April 1st for Summer/Fall Admission and October 1st for Spring Admission
- 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.
Step One - Graduate School Application Process & Procedures
- Apply to the Graduate School (wku.edu/graduate) by clicking . You will be redirected to the Apply Now for Admission at WKU website. On the right side of the page under Graduate Applications, please select Domestic and International Applicants to begin your WKU Admission Application within TopNet.
- 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.
- 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.
Step Two - School of Nursing Graduate Program Application Process & Procedures
- Submit the following to the School of Nursing Graduate Program to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Do not submit official transcripts to the School of Nursing Graduate Program as this may delay your application process. Official transcripts are to be submitted directly to the Graduate School; please refer to the Step One - Graduate School Application Process & Procedures section above for more information.
All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program webpage. 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.
Do not mail transcripts to the following address. Only submission of the School of Nursing application materials should be mailed to:
For more information please call 270-745-3590.
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