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. Students are admitted to a specific track (PNP, FNP) and progression plan. Admission to some tracks is dependent on an adequate cohort. Changes to the track or progression plan are only allowed based on space available. If for any reason a student must leave the program, his or her ability to return to the program will be based on space available at the time of request and is not guaranteed.

The program tracks are offered primarily online by faculty at the WVU Health Sciences Center (HSC) at our Morgantown and Charleston campuses. Courses are offered via a variety of blended web-based modalities both in asynchronous and synchronous distance education formats. The blended format is designed to give students the opportunity to combine the convenience of online coursework with more real-time, individualized attention that meets a variety of learning styles. FNP students will be required to attend special sessions, on campus, in Morgantown or Charleston approximately five times through the Advanced Assessment course and two days in the Practicum course. Special sessions for PNP students are held at the Morgantown campus for approximately one week during the assessment course. During semesters involving nursing practice hours, monthly meetings are held online.

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.

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 (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.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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.

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.