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RN to BSN/MSN

Especially designed for the motivated adult learner and working registered nurse, the Wheeling University RN to BSN/MSN program is offered in an online-based distance format, with clinical rotations completed in the student’s home community. There are two tracks available within the program: The RN-BSN is intended for students who are already registered nurses and want to finish their BSN. Students in the RN-MSN track take four required MSN classes affording them the ability to earn their BSN and get a head start on their MSN. Once the student applies and is accepted into the MSN program, only courses specific to the MSN track of choice need to be completed. Since RN-BSN/MSN students are required to complete core classes, a course plan will be created for them that will include the classes they need to take at WU to complete their BSN.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Wheeling University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). For more information, contact grad@wju.edu, or call WU Graduate Admissions at 1-800-873-7665.

RN to BSN Program Curriculum

WU’s liberal arts courses are required in the RN-BSN program. However, courses from a diploma or Associates Degree in Nursing can be applied toward the BSN. Students complete most course work through distance learning and clinical experience in their hometowns. Note that campus visits may be required for the NUR 460 course.

Liberal Arts core requirements

CoursesCredits
English Composition3
Fine Arts3
Basic Statistics3
Literature3
History3
General Psychology3
Philosophy (Ethics)3
Religion3
Social and Behavioral Science or Global Perspectives3
Total27

BSN Requirements*

*These courses may be transferred from an ADN program or audited.

Course IDCoursesCredits
NURS 201Pathophysiology2
NURS 227Nutrition2
NURS 230 C/DFundamentals5
NURS 203Health Assessment2
NURS 329Pharmacology3
   
NURS 309 C/DIntroduction to Nursing Care6
NURS 319 C/DMaternal Care/Gender5
NURS 320 C/DMed-Surg I5
NURS 326 C/DMental Health5
NURS 350Basic Clinical Practicum5
   
NURS 405 C/DMed-Surg II7
NURS 406 C/DPediatrics/Genetics4
NURS 422 C/DCritical Care Nursing5
 Total 56

A minimum of 46 credit hours will be awarded for nursing courses completed at the diploma or associate degree level.

NURS 361Concepts of Nursing Practice3
NURS 328Basic Nursing Research3
NURS 426Nursing Trends & Issues2
NURS 435Multisystem Nursing Care4
NURS 440Clinical Practicum I2
NURS 445Complex Care I2
NURS 450Clinical Practicum II2
NURS 455Complex Care II2
NURS 460Comprehensive Assessment3
Total23

RN to MSN Program Curriculum

Once the BSN degree is complete, the student can then apply to the MSN program. Students in this program complete up to four graduate courses (12 credits) that count toward both the BSN and MSN degrees, giving them a jump start into the MSN program:

  • MSN 500 Nursing Theories
  • MSN 503 Health Care Policy (instead of NURS 426)
  • MSN 525 Health Care Delivery Systems & Economics (instead of NURS 455)
  • MSN 533 Health Care Promotion (instead of NURS 440)

This curriculum will complete the majority of the foundation courses for the graduate nursing program with the exception of the master’s level research course. Students may then choose to complete any of the three tracks listed in the MSN section: Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education Specialist, or Nursing Administration. Students complete most course work through the distance learning and clinical experience in their hometowns. Note that campus visits may be required for the NURS 460 course. Liberal arts core requirements may be transferred in from an ADN program.

Liberal Arts core requirements

CoursesCredits
English Composition3
Fine Arts3
Basic Statistics3
Literature3
History3
General Psychology3
Philosophy (Ethics)3
Religion3
Social and Behavioral Science or Global Perspectives3
Total27

BSN Requirements*

*These courses may be transferred from an ADN program or audited.

Course IDCoursesCredits
NURS 280Chemistry**3
NURS 282Anatomy**3
NURS 283Physiology**3
NURS 284Epidemiology (Micro.)**2
PSYC 212Developmental Psychology3
Total14

A minimum of 46 credit hours will be awarded for nursing courses completed at the diploma or associate degree level.

NURS 361Concepts of Nursing Practice3
NURS 328Basic Nursing Research3
NURS 426Nursing Trends & Issues2
NURS 435Multisystem Nursing Care4
NURS 440Clinical Practicum I2
NURS 445Complex Care I2
NURS 450Clinical Practicum II2
NURS 455Complex Care II2
NURS 460Comprehensive Assessment3
23

Eligibility & Admissions Requirements

Students who have completed either an associate’s degree in nursing or a diploma in nursing are eligible for this program (LPN grads are not eligible).Applicants can complete the admission process by:

  • Completing a free application by going here. Early application is recommended.
  • Providing a copy of a valid nursing license.
  • Requesting official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended, and having them sent electronically to grad@wju.edu or mailed directly to: Wheeling University – GPS Admissions, 316 Washington Avenue, Wheeling, WV 26003
  • Having a score of at least 650 on the TOEFL exam for students whose native language is not English (otherwise exceptional applicants with a score of 550-600 may be accepted conditionally). International students must also have their transcripts from outside the US evaluated by WES or a comparable service.
  • Applying for federal student loans and grants by completing the FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov if qualifying. School Code is #003831.

Note that a stopout at the completion of the BSN degree and application to the MSN program must be completed. To be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing program, students must:

  • Have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative average (GRE or MAT may be required for students who do not meet the GPA requirements)
  • Successfully complete undergraduate courses in statistics and research
  • Submit an essay that includes the following information:
    • Identify the MSN track you wish to pursue
      Nursing Administration
      Education Specialist
      Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Describe your decision and motivation to seek graduate education in this particular track
    • Identify your career goals
    • What personal attributes will contribute to your success as a masters prepared nurse?
  • Provide three letters of recommendation