Master of Science in Nursing

West Virginia Wesleyan College offers four Master of Science in Nursing degrees.

We have been offering the Master of Science in Nursing degree with two concentration options: Nursing Education (36 hours) and Nursing Administration (36 hours) for four years. Candidates who earn the MSN degree with a Concentration in Nursing Education will be prepared for teaching roles in academic and clinical practice settings, both traditional and innovative, including, college and university ADN and BSN programs, continuing nursing education in hospital and community-based healthcare settings, and nurse educator positions in long term care and industry. Candidates who earn the MSN degree with a Concentration in Nursing Administration will be equipped to function in nurse executive positions in a myriad of healthcare settings including healthcare administration and consultation, project management and quality initiatives, as well as executive positions in community health systems and long-term care.
Following program completion, graduates of Wesleyan’s Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Education Concentration will be eligible to apply for the Nurse Educator Certification Examination sponsored by the National League for Nursing. Similarly, with successful completion of the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Administration Concentration, graduates meet the educational eligibility requirements to apply for the Nurse Executive Certification Examination offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Undergraduate Health Assessment and Statistics are pre-requisites for two required courses in the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration concentrations.

We offer two Advanced Practice Nursing Concentrations -Nurse-Midwifery and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - through a collaboration with Shenandoah University. Graduate students will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and a Certificate of Endorsement in Nurse-Midwifery or Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Shenandoah University.

Nurse-Midwifery is an essential element of comprehensive health care that should be made available for all women. This collaborative program ensures the supply of nurse-midwives by providing opportunities for graduate nursing students to receive nurse-midwifery education while still attending their home institutions. After completion of graduate core courses at West Virginia Wesleyan, the student will enroll at Shenandoah University for midwifery specialty courses. Didactic material is taught using face-to-face, online and low-residency pedagogies while clinical experiences are arranged in students’ home communities. Following completion of both curricula, students may sit for the national certification examination.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) are educationally prepared to provide a full range of psychiatric services, including the delivery of primary mental health care services. Students in this program will complete their graduate core course work at West Virginia Wesleyan and their PMHNP coursework at Shenandoah University with clinical experiences arranged in their home communities. Following completion of both curricula, students may sit for national certification examinations as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.

Family Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who are uniquely qualified to provide primary health care to patients. Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) diagnose and manage acute and chronic conditions with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention and practice autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals to manage the healthcare needs of persons across the lifespan. Students in this program will complete their graduate core course work and FNP specialty coursework at West Virginia Wesleyan with clinical practicum experiences arranged in their home communities. . Didactic material is taught using hybrid, online, and low-residency pedagogies while clinical experiences are arranged in students’ home communities. Following completion of the curriculum, students may sit for the National Certification Examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC or AANP).

Joint Master of Science in Nurse – (Nursing Administration concentration) /Master of Business Administration Program is a 48 hour program of study including coursework in graduate Nursing and graduate Business.. The 24 hours of MSN coursework includes all MSN core courses and concentration in Nursing Administration Foundation courses. The additional 24 hours are MBA courses taken from the School of Business. Pre-requisites for the program include both the MSN Nursing pre-requisites (undergraduate Health Assessment and Statistics) as well as MBA pre-requisites (Principles of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Management, and Microeconomics). Students must submit official scores from the Graduate Management Assessment Test (GMAT); however, students may start MSN coursework while completing the MBA pre-requisite courses and taking the GMAT. Students will complete one graduate application but be accepted individually by both the MSN and MBA programs; acceptance into the MBA program is contingent upon satisfactory GMAT scores and completion of all pre-requisite course work. Flexible learning options exist for completion of MBA pre-requisite courses.

Post-Master’s Certificates in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, or Family Nurse Practitioner are available to nurses who have previously completed a MSN degree but wish to acquire additional specialized skills. Credit requirements vary by program (18 – 29 credits) and students completing Post-Master’s Certificates will be eligible to sit for national certification examinations in their respective specialty area.

 

Didactic material in all MSN classes will be taught using hybrid, online and low-residency pedagogies while clinical experiences are arranged in students’ home communities. Because the program is flexible, students can plan their own schedule and choose the pace of study. The program can be completed as an intensive program or over several years.