The Master of Science in Nursing offered by the WVU School of Nursing is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses the opportunity to support quality improvement and patient safety, incorporate current and emerging genetic/genomic evidence in providing advanced nursing care to individuals, families, and communities while accounting for patient values and clinical judgment, and demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that emphasizes clinical practice and continually improves health outcomes. You will find yourself in great demand to fill established and emerging roles that allow nurses to focus on a variety of practice areas, such as geriatrics, pediatrics, public health, administration, informatics, forensics, and systems improvement. With new practice opportunities emerging, and the demand for highly specialized nursing skills rising, the time is right for you to begin your graduate-level nursing education.
The School of Nursing and the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a dual master's degree to give students the skills and knowledge to serve as nurse leaders. This low-residency degree program is offered predominately online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and includes four 3-4 day residencies to enhance experiential learning and understanding of the curriculum content. Graduates of the MSN/MBA program work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and the public sector. The degree requires 57 credit hours for completion.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) offered by the WVU School of Nursing prepares you to contribute to the body of nursing knowledge, educate the next generation, and assume collaborative leadership roles in shaping health policy, improving health, and reducing disparity. The program prepares nurse scientists for roles research, teaching, clinical and policy leadership positions. Upon graduation, you can be employed as faculty members in university settings, nurse researchers in academic institutions, senior nursing administrators in hospitals or other health care systems, in high level legislative or policy positions, or as independent consultants.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice offered by the School of Nursing prepares you to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. DNP nurses possess a blend of clinical, leadership, economic, and organizational skills that puts you in a unique position to deftly critique nursing practice and design programs of care delivery that are economically feasible, locally acceptable, and that significantly impact healthcare outcomes.