Western Carolina University

Degree Type

Master of Science in Nursing.

Program Length

28 months, full time

Credit Hours

66 semester hours

Starting Month


Application Deadline


Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing is required.

Current unrestricted license or eligibility for licensure, to practice as a registered nurse in North Carolina.

A minimum of one year of full-time clinical experience within the 2 years prior to application. These hours exclude time spent in orientation or work performed in a supervisory role. Patient care must be direct and involve the application of: Critical thinking skills, Independent decision-making, Working with vasoactive drugs, Working with ventilators, Invasive monitors (e.g., pulmonary artery catheters), Interpretation of electrocardiographic data, Hemodynamic waveforms, Laboratory values (e.g., arterial blood gases, serum electrolytes), Codes, Acute airway management, Administration of sedatives, and Administration of nondepolarizing muscle relaxants. Appropriate critical care experiences include: Surgical, Neuro-Trauma, Cardiothoracic, CardioVascular Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Cardiac Intensive Care, Pediatric or Neonatal Intensive Care. Experience that does not apply includes: Emergency Room, Flight Nursing, Operating Room, Post, Anesthesia Care Unit, ICU Step-down or transition areas, Radiology, or Cath Lab.

Minimum Grade point average of 3.0 based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.

Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination. Recommended scores of 1000 or higher combined math (Quantitative) and verbal score (Analytical) for the previous version. A combined score of 300 or higher is recommended for the revised GRE exam.

Required Certifications: BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support), and CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse) is not required, but definitely recommended.

Must have completed undergraduate or graduate courses in: Basic Statistics, General Chemistry, and Research with a C or better in each class.


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