Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Nursing

Baccalaureate prepared nurses can obtain a master's degree in nursing through our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program which is offered primarily online. The MSN program can be completed in 46 credit hours. Upon completion of the MSN requirements, students will have the ability to sit for advanced practice certification. Specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric and family nurse practitioners.

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Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Business Administration (MSN/MBA)

The WVU School of Nursing and The John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University have created the first off-campus dual master's degree program to give you the skills and knowledge to serve as a nurse leader. The MSN/MBA program is designed for registered nurses seeking career opportunities in administrative and executive level positions in the healthcare industry. Students take courses from both the MSN and MBA program concurrently (totaling 57 credit hours), allowing assimilation of advanced business management concepts into the nursing administration role.

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Post-MSN Certificate

The Post-MSN certificate program is offered to professional nurses who have previously earned a master's degree or higher in nursing and who are interested in obtaining national certification in advanced practice nursing. The focus areas are Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMNHP) and Nurse Executive Leadership (NEL).

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Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 32 credit hours. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.

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DNP Nurse Anesthetist

This accredited, hybrid curriculum prepares the student nurse anesthetist for certification in nurse anesthesia and will confer a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. A student enrolling in this major can expect a rigorous, challenging program of study, heavily based in sciences including anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, chemistry, and physics. This full-time program will require students to take 88 credits and at least 2,000 clinical hours over three years or nine continuous semesters.

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The Ph.D. in Nursing offers both part-time and full-time options, composed of in-person and online learning components.  Currently, three years of coursework is delivered online during fall and spring semesters, and summer courses are offered in a seminar-style, face-to-face format. Once students defend a dissertation proposal, they advance to become doctoral candidates. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, which culminates in a written and oral dissertation defense

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