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Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The MSN degree program at Wheeling University provides an affordable online pathway to professional leadership and advanced practice roles in nursing. The curriculum is designed to accommodate the registered nurse graduate student who desires to remain employed. All courses are offered online, with clinical and practicum requirements completed in the student’s home community.

Emphasis on the concepts of system, critical thinking, and advanced practice is integrated throughout the MSN curriculum. The MSN graduate will possess the necessary skills to influence the change process and enhance the quality of healthcare for the betterment of patients and the overall health care system. Graduates from the MSN program are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate advanced communication skills
  • Exhibit critical-thinking skills professionally and in life
  • Demonstrate the use of advanced technologies
  • Assume leadership positions in health care, educational, and other settings
  • Contribute to the development of nursing knowledge
  • Ensure the delivery of safe, quality, and cost-effective nursing care that will affect patients, families, populations, and community
  • Function as a member of the inter-professional team

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Family Nurse Practitioner

The MSN-FNP prepares nurses for the advanced practice family nurse practitioner role and national certification. The track integrates concepts from nursing, science, and family practice to give the experienced nurse the advanced in-depth body of knowledge necessary to practice in the expanded registered nurse role as a provider of primary health care.

Nursing Administration

The MSN-NA is designed to prepare nurses for leadership and management positions in a variety of health care settings. Through an integration of concepts from nursing, business and management, graduates of the program are prepared to assume leadership positions in health care settings, to contribute to the development of nursing knowledge, to demonstrate responsibility for the management of the nursing organization, and to function as a member of the executive management team.

Admission Requirements

• Complete an online application free of charge at
• Request official transcripts from any college/university you have attended and have them sent electronically to or mailed directly to:
Wheeling University – Graduate Admissions
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003

• Graduation from an accredited nursing program with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN)
• 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA*
• Successful completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and research
• Current unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
• Two letters of recommendation
• Completed background check

*GRE may be required for students who do not meet the GPA requirements

Transfer Credit

Up to six graduate credits (two courses) in nursing may be eligible for transfer credit. Such credit is only available for graduate level nursing courses and only when the quality and comparability of the other work meets the approval of the MSN Committee. Transfer credit will not be awarded for the courses with grades below a “B.”

MSN Curriculum

Core Courses for aII MSN Majors

MSN 500Nursing Theories3 Credits
MSN 501Nursing Research3 Credits
MSN 503Health Care Policy and Politics3 Credits
MSN 525Health Care Delivery Systems & Economics3 Credits
MSN 533Health Promotion3 Credits

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

The curriculum is divided into three components. The first component is the nursing core and contains those courses basic to the MSN degree. The second component contains the FNP clinical core. The third component consists of primary care courses specific to the FNP role.

Clinical Core Courses

MSN 530Advanced Pathophysiology3 Credits
MSN 531Advanced Health Assessment4 Credits
MSN 532Advanced Pharmacology3 Credits
MSN 569Advanced Practice Role Seminar3 Credits

FNP Courses (168 clinical hours are required for each course.)

MSN 565Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of Infant, Child and Adolescent6 Credits
MSN 566Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of Reproductive Health6 Credits
MSN 567Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of Adult6 Credits
MSN 568Advanced Practice Nursing in Primary Care of Aging Adult6 Credits

Nursing Administration Track

The curriculum is divided into two components. The first component is the nursing core and contains those courses basic to the MSN. The second component contains nursing administration courses specific to this program.

Nursing Administration Courses

MSN 520Nursing Administration I3 Credits
MSN 521Nursing Administration II3 Credits
MSN 524Nursing Administration: Financial Management3 Credits
MSN 527Organizational Behavior3 Credits
MSN 528Communications and Interpersonal Relations3 Credits
MSN 529Advanced Comprehensive Assessment3 Credits
MSN 540Capstone Seminar3 Credits
MSN 541Practicum3 Credits
*168 practicum hours required
MSNElective Course3 Credits

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Wheeling University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (