West Virginia Master's Degree in Nursing

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West Virginia MSN Program

MSN programs in West Virginia are one way in which an individual can set themselves apart from others in the field and achieve a higher level of expertise. Having a more advanced degree can greatly increase one's value to his or her workplace and to potential employers. One who is looking to continue his or her nursing education should look into the various MSN options.

There are different kinds of MSN programs in West Virginia based on different areas of specialization in the nursing field. Some of these programs are offered online, and some are offered in a classroom. One should consider all options and choose that which best fits his or her needs. Online options work well for those who are working full-time or have a family, and feel that they will benefit from the added flexibility, while others value the experience of classroom learning and in-person interaction.

Online vs. Traditional Programs

For those who wish to earn an MSN online, there are many colleges and universities to choose from. Not only are there many online educators, but many traditional schools, such as California University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, offer these programs online as well in order to reach a larger audience and allow for greater flexibility.

One example of an accredited online MSN option is Kaplan University. This online education program offers 4 different MSN tracks: Executive Leader or Informatics, Adult NP, Family NP, and Nurse Education. The Executive leader or Informatics track consists of 65 total credits, and the other specialty curriculums range from 80-100 credits. Other online educators, such as University of Phoenix, Capella University, and Strayer University offer similar nursing programs.

Wheeling Jesuit University is one example of a traditional West Virginia university that offers an online MSN program. Students can choose between 3 tracks: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education Specialist, and Family Nurse Practitioner.

West Virginia University also offers the MSN program online. Students can choose from the following 5 areas of study: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP), Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP), and Nursing Leadership. Each specialty area must earn a total of 44 credits, which can be completed either full-time, part-time, or on an accelerated schedule.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary, but the following criteria are common:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited program with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • GRE/MAT Scores
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course with "C" or better
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay or goal statement


Tuition differs depending on the college or university, and is subject to change. Cost to attend Kaplan University's MSN program currently ranges from $23,920-$36,800, depending on the chosen track. Tuition as Wheeling Jesuit University is listed at $540 per credit hour.

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West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-3572
Fax: (304) 558-4367

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: (304) 558-3596
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Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Avenue
Wheeling, WV 26003

West Virginia MSN Degree Prerequisites

West Virginia nurses who continue their education and gain a Masters in Nursing (MSN) Degree are licensed by the West Virginia Board of Nursing as either an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) or an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner(ARNP).

To enroll in a MSN degree program in West Virginia, you must first become licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). The most common Nursing Masters Degree curriculum in West Virginia and across the US is the RN-MSN program. See our directory of West Virginia RN to MSN programs

Those holding West Virginia RN certification have most likely already earned their Bachelors in Science of Nursing (BSN) degree. This is typically a four year training program at a nationally accredited school of nursing.

Contact your school of choice to learn more about their specific MSN program prerequisites.

West Virginia MSN Degree Areas of Specialization

In West Virginia, there are typically four specific areas that MSN degree seeking students may choose to specialize in. These include:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

Check with the West Virginia Board of Nursing to learn about the about the legal authority the state of West Virginia grants Advanced Practice Nurses(APNs) and Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioners(ARNPs)in each particular area of specialization.

Online MSN Degree Programs

In West Virginia, online nursing degree programs are increasingly popular. This is mainly due to the convenience of nursing distance learning programs. As long as the online MSN program is nationally accredited, earning your MSN degree online is accepted and honored by the state of West Virginia.

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