Master of Science in Nursing
The Master of Science in Nursing offers baccalaureate prepared nurses the opportunity to earn a master’s degree. The program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part- or full-time basis. Current specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric or family nurse practitioners.
The program is offered fully online by faculty at the WVU Health Sciences Center at our Morgantown and Charleston campuses. The 46-credit hour MSN degree offers courses offered via a variety of web-based modalities, both in asynchronous and synchronous distance education formats.
FNP track graduates are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to a variety of populations and settings and are able to carry out all activities encompassed in the scope of practice of an advanced practice FNP. Our PNP graduates are prepared to be providers of primary care at an advanced level to children from birth to young adult.
MSN Program Outcomes & Required Courses
MSN Areas of Study and Progression Plans
Graduates of the FNP track meet all requirements to take the national certification examination (from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners or AANP) in their major area. They are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to a variety of populations and settings and are able to carry out all activities encompassed in the scope of practice of an advanced practice FNP.
Graduates of the PNP track meet all requirements to take the national certifying examination (by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board or PNCB) in their major area. They are prepared to be providers of primary care at an advanced level to children from birth to young adult.
Note: It is a strong recommendation by the University and the School of Nursing that graduate students limit their credit load if they are also involved in full-time work. Full-time work and studies may negatively affect the student’s ability to succeed academically.
State Approvals for Clinical Placements
Universities offering distance education must abide by the laws of each state in which students are placed for their practicum experience. There are several states at this time that may not allow WVU nursing students to participate in a practicum experience, and therefore a site placement cannot be guaranteed. A State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) must be in place to allow a WVU nursing student to participate in clinicals. Visit WVU Online to determine if your state has been approved for clinical placements.
Please contact with any questions about State Authorization for clinicals:
- Director of MSN/DNP Programs, Office of Academics
- Clinical Associate Professor, Adult Health Department
- Nurse Practitioner, Office of Faculty Practice and Community Engagement
All nursing course work is offered online via online technology. Computer skills are required of all students, and access to adequate computing equipment is required. Please view WVU's Recommendations for minimum computer requirements.
Our Student Services staff will be glad to answer your questions in person or by phone/e-mail. Please fill out the information request form via WVU Online and someone will be in touch.