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.
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.
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 two functional areas include family and pediatric nurse practitioner.
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 33 credit hours. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.
DNP Nurse Anesthesia Major
Scheduled to begin spring 2020 pending accreditation by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), this 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 87 credits and at least 2,000 clinical hours over three years or nine continuous semesters.
Our PhD in nursing is a part-time blended program with in-person and distance learning components. The program includes three years of coursework, delivered online during fall/spring/summer, followed by a qualifying examination. Students then complete the research and dissertation phase, culminating in a written and oral dissertation defense.