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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

1 University Drive
Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723

(828) 227-7317
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Nursing Programs Offered

Accelerated BSN Programs
BSN Programs
EMT-Paramedic Programs
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Post-master's certificate
MSN Programs
RN Programs
RN to BSN Programs
RN to MSN Programs

RN to BSN Program Details

The online RN to BSN Program assists registered nurses (RNs) to add value to their basic education, broaden their perspective of current clinical practice, enhance their leadership potential, and prepare for graduate study in nursing by earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

Students will complete 24 hours of online core WCU RN to BSN courses and 8 hours of upper division online WCU electives on a part-time basis within two years. Students are admitted twice a year and can begin the program in either January or August.

The coursework is entirely online, including online Orientation. Students are also required to complete two clinical course rotations. Clinical requirements may be met in your local area with approval from clinical instructors.

BSN Program Details

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Pre-Licensure program prepares you to begin the practice of professional nursing. Upon graduating, you will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN).

The BSN program conducts theory classes on the Cullowhee campus during the junior year and on the Enka Campus of Asheville-Buncombe Technical (A-B Tech) Community College during the senior year. Beginning Fall 2012, it is anticipated that all BSN courses will be held on the Cullowhee campus. Clinical nursing experiences are held at health care agencies throughout western North Carolina for both years.

MSN Program Details

Students interested in graduate school can pursue multiple graduate tracks and certificate options through the School of Nursing. Admission and coursework for each track is unique, so please read these pages carefully:

MS Nurse Educator Track
MS Family Nurse Practitioner Track
MS Nurse Anesthesia Track
MS Nurse Administrator Track

RN to MSN Program Details

The purpose of this program is to assist selected RNs with good academic records to move smoothly through the RN to BSN curriculum directly into MS(N) study for advanced nursing roles. Normally, the student would take eight semester hours of WCU undergraduate upper-division electives to complete the BSN. These electives could be replaced with up to eight hours of WCU MS(N) graduate-level work, reducing the time needed to complete both degrees by one semester. RN to BSN students may still need to complete 3 hours of upper-division perspective while completing their undergraduate work.

Accelerated BSN Program Details

The Accelerated BSN option (ABSN) is designed specifically for bachelor’s prepared or post-baccalaureate individuals who want to pursue a career in nursing. The course requirements for the accelerated option are the same as those for the traditional BSN, and prerequisites are required. However, this 12-month track provides an accelerated option for students ready for a challenging transition to a career as a bachelor of science educated registered nurse. The ABSN option is designed for non-working, full-time students who can immerse themselves into the content.

Classes are held full-time on the AB Tech Enka campus and there are no semester breaks. Students can expect to attend classes five days per week, typically 8 hours per day. Clinical practicums, conducted at several regional healthcare facilities, schedule will vary and students should expect to have some clinical experiences on weekends and/or evenings.

Western Carolina University ABSN Track is proud to partner with Charles George VA Medial Center as part of the Veteran’s Administration Nursing Academy (VANA) ( program. The partnership is one of five nationally announced this year as part of a five-year, $40 million program that began in 2007. The three-year grant will increase the number of students in WCU’s Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing entry option and provide outstanding clinical opportunities through the VA Medical Center health care continuum.

Upon completion of the program of study, students will be eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

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