Master of Science in Nursing

The West Virginia University School of Nursing offers a 46 credit hour Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree that provides the skills necessary to sit for advanced practice certification. The major areas of study are Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP). Throughout the curriculum, students are guided in the process of self-development aimed at pursuing excellence in scholarly and professional endeavors. Courses are offered via web-based modalities using synchronous and asynchronous meeting patterns by faculty at the WVU Health Sciences Center at our Morgantown and Charleston campuses. The MSN program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis. The forty-six credit program can be completed in five semesters (including a summer session) of full-time study (average of nine to twelve credit hours per semester)*.  Flexibility within the basic curricular structure is achieved through the individualization of learning experiences and students may complete the program over a longer duration. The pattern and duration of the student’s plan of study is determined in consultation with a faculty advisor and is based upon the student’s background and goals.

Graduates meet all requirements to sit for the national certification examination in his or her major area of study, family nurse practitioner or pediatric nurse practitioner. They are prepared to offer care at the advanced practice level to select populations and are able to perform all activities encompassed in the traditional scope of practice.

*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.

MSN Program Outcomes

At the completion of the MSN program the graduate will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes.

MSN Required Courses

MSN Areas of Study and Progression Plans

Family Nurse Practitioner

Graduates of the FNP track meet all requirements to take the national certification examination (from either the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners) 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.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Graduates of the PNP track meet all requirements to take the national certifying examination (by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board) in their major area. They are prepared to be providers of primary care at an advanced level to children from birth to young adult.

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:

A photo of Billie Vance.
Billie Sue Vance, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE
West Virginia University
Director of MSN/DNP Programs, Office of Academics
Clinical Associate Professor, Adult Health Department
Nurse Practitioner, Office of Faculty Practice and Community Engagement

Computer Requirements

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.

Information Request

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.