Nursing, BSN - DNP
The WVU School of Nursing offers nurses with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to earn a master's degree via our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Students enrolled in this program may obtain the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and continue toward the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Students may exit the program after completing requirements for the MSN degree, with the ability to sit for advanced practice certification. Current specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric or family nurse practitioners. Additionally, applicants with a MSN degree have the opportunity to enter the program and obtain the DNP degree. The DNP curriculum, completed primarily online, is designed for nurses who want to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and advances the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. The program offers a curriculum that allows students to enroll on a part-time or full-time basis.
The programs are offered primarily online by faculty at the WVU Health Sciences Center at our Morgantown and Charleston campuses. Courses are offered via a variety of web-based modalities both in asynchronous and synchronous distance education formats. Students will be required to attend a special session in Morgantown or Charleston approximately five (5) times throughout the assessment course and two (2) days in practicum for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students. During semesters involving nursing practice hours, monthly meetings are held online. Special sessions for Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) students are held in Morgantown for approximately one week during the assessment course.
Students are admitted to a specific track and progression plan. Admission to some tracks is dependent on an adequate cohort to deliver the track. 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 the request and is not guaranteed.
Graduates of the MSN portion of the program meet all requirements to sit for the national certification examination in their specialty area of 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.
At the completion of the program the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate will be able to practice at the highest level of professional practice to:
- Use science-based theories and concepts to:
- Determine the nature and significance of health and health care delivery phenomena;
- Describe actions and advance strategies to improve health care delivery; and
- Develop, deliver and evaluate theory-based health care.
- Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes the primacy of clinical work, continually improving health outcomes, and ensuring patient safety.
- Use analytical methods and research to develop best practices and practice guidelines and to facilitate the evaluation of systems of care that will improve patient outcomes.
- Use information systems and technology-based resources that support clinical and administrative decision-making, care systems, nurse-sensitive outcomes and quality improvement.
- Assume a leadership role in the development of health care policy.
- Establish, participate and lead interprofessional teams.
- Utilize a strong conceptual foundation in clinical prevention and population health.
- Base practice on biophysical, psychosocial, sociopolitical and cultural principles; economics; nursing science; and ethics.
- Develop, implement and evaluate practice and care delivery models, which are politically and culturally appropriate.
In compliance with the Washington State Nursing Commission regulations, WVU cannot accept students who are residents of Washington into our online Nursing programs at this time.
The master's degree program in nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at West Virginia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Applicant must have:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program
- Minimum nursing GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted
- Current, unrestricted RN license in at least one state
- Completion of 3 credits of undergraduate statistics equivalent to WVU Stats 211 and 3 credits of health assessment with a grade of C or better
Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing will not be readmitted to the program.
- Apply with the online Graduate Application
- On the Enrollment Information screen, select the following:
- Admission Type: Masters
- Intended Program: Nursing MSN
- Pay graduate application fee
- Submit a resume or curriculum vitae
- Submit an essay describing how the MSN meets the applicant’s professional goals
- Provide three letters of reference addressing the applicant’s likelihood for success in graduate work (one letter should be from a former professor)
- Complete the Supplemental Nursing Application for admission
- Request official college transcripts from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate work and send to:
WVU Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
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Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
Students are admitted to the BSN to DNP program and can elect to stop out after earning their MSN. The program is 62 credit hours with the first 48 credit hours comprised of the MSN curriculum.
These are the progression plans for the following areas of study:
Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program meet all requirements to take the national certification examination in their major area. They are prepared to offer primary care at the advanced practice level to families and individuals throughout the lifespan in rural settings. Graduates are pre-pared to carry out all activities encompassed in the scope of practice of Family Nurse Practitioner.
Graduates of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program meet all requirements to take the national certifying examination in their major area. They are prepared to provide 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/or have specific placement laws we must abide by. Please contact Dr. Martha Summers, MSN/DNP program director by calling 304-293-1773 with any questions about State Authorization for clinical placements.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Master of Science in Nursing degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.
Nurse PractitionerProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
Clinical Nurse SpecialistProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
Nursing ProfessorProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
Critical Care NurseProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook
Medical and Health Service ManagerProjected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook