- Associate Degree in Nursing
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Second BS/BA Degree Entry Option
- Registered Nurse to BSN
- Graduate Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
Policies, Forms and Handbooks
The Graduate Nursing program at WKU builds upon the first professional degree, the bachelor of science in nursing. The purpose of the program is to develop expertise in advance nursing practice, nursing education, or nursing administration. The program prepares the nurse for increased accountability, proficiency, and leadership roles in a variety of healthcare settings.
We have options to meet the needs of the growing demand for nurses with advanced levels of education.
Family Nurse Practitioner - NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT THE MSN LEVEL: Please visit the DNP website for additional information.
Nurse Administrator: Allows the students to select, with an advisor, support courses from the MBA and/or Health Care Administration programs. Many students in this option also graduate with a graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies.
RN to MSN Bridge: for applicants with an associate degree in nursing and a baccalaureate degree in a related field. Students entering this track may enter either the Nurse Educator or Nurse Administrator MSN specialty areas. In addition to the required courses in the MSN program, RN to MSN students must complete the following undegraduate pre-requisite courses:
- NURS 408 Professional Issues for the RN
- NURS 430 Public Health Nursing Theory
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner: offered in cooperation with the University of Louisville, School of Nursing
Post MSN Certificates: For people who have an MSN and wish to add a second specialty area
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Educator
- Nurse Administrator
APPLYING TO THE MSN PROGRAM
The admission process is a multi-step process. Please note the following admission deadlines:
February 1st for Fall admission and September 1st for Spring Admission
- Completion of a CCNE or NLN accredited BSN program with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Graduates of non-accredited programs are considered on an individual basis. For RN-MSN program applicants must be a graduate of a CCNE or NLN accredited associate degree in nursing program and have earned the related baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The GRE is not required for individuals who have a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) undergraduate cumulative GPA. See the Graduate Catalog at the Graduate Studies website for information on the required GRE scores at WKU.
- Hold unencumbered or have applied for RN licensure in Kentucky or compact state.
- One year of full-time nursing experience is required prior to enrolling (following acceptance) in clinical courses in the nurse practitioner options.
Application Process & Procedures:
- Apply to Graduate Studies at: www.wku.edu/graduate and submit required fee.
- Send official copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts to Graduate Studies. (WKU graduates – do not send transcripts).
- You will receive an admission letter from Graduate Studies following submission of your application and transcripts. This does not indicate admission to the School of Nursing Graduate program.
- You may only take classes beginning the semester you indicate on your application.
- Acceptance of graduate transfer courses by Graduate Studies does not mean that the courses fulfill course requirement in MSN courses. See the WKU Graduate Catalog for transfer policies.
Submit to the School of Nursing Graduate Program the following:
- A written goal statement responding to the following questions:
1. Why is the concentration you have chosen and the WKU program a good fit for you?
2. What plans have you made to support your success in the program? For example, decreasing work, arranging finances, etc.,
3. Where will you be working 3-5 years following graduation and in what role?
- 3 professional references on form provided to include nurse manager or nurse administrator and nursing faculty if you have graduated from BSN program was in past 3 years.
- Professional resume or CV
All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program webpage. We suggest you submit the School of Nursing materials electronically to Deanna.firstname.lastname@example.org. An interview may be offered following a review of admission materials. Completion of an interview and acceptance by Graduate Studies does not assure acceptance into the MSN program. Admission is competitive.
Submission of the above materials can be mailed to:
Western Kentucky University School of Nursing
1906 College Heights Blvd. 11036
Attention: Graduate Nursing Program
Bowling Green, KY 42101
For more information please call 270-745-4392