Eligible applicants are those who:
- Hold a degree of Master of Science in Nursing (or higher) from a nationally accredited nursing program and regionally accredited institution.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on graduate degree work.
- Hold an active, unrestricted RN license in the state where the student plans to complete clinical hours.
In addition, applicants:
- for the FNP/PNP Certificate Programs: must provide evidence of completion of stand-alone graduate level courses in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacotherapeutics, and advanced physical assessment
- for the PMHNP Certificate Program: must hold national certification and licensure as an APRN; admission preference is given to applicants with at least one year of experience in an advanced practice role in an approved psychiatric mental health setting and/or at least two years of experiences as an APRN.
- for the AGACNP Certificate Program: must hold current national nurse practitioner certification and licensure for advanced practice in family, gerontology, CRNA, or adult primary care; admission preference is given to applicants with at least one year of experience in direct patient care in an advanced practice role in an approved acute care setting.
- for the NEL Certificate Program: must have two years of practice experience at the RN level or higher.
To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.
Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.
Apply To WVU
Depending on prerequisites completed, entry term into the program will vary from student to student. The application period for the Fall term will open on October 1st and close on January 1st. Applications are reviewed in March for the cohort that begins the following Fall term. Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions in April. Completed applications received after the priority deadline on January 1st and received prior to July 1st will only be reviewed if space remains available in the program.
- Click on the Apply Now button above.
- Please select the following options on the New Application screen:
- Type of Student: Certificate
- Which Program: Select your Post-MSN Program
- Current curriculum vita or resume
- Professional goals statement. Click here for guidelines on writing the statement.
Computer Application Checklist
Once the WVU application has been completed, you must complete and submit the Application Checklist, a tool designed to ensure you have submitted all required information for your application to be considered complete.
Request Official Transcripts from All Colleges and Universities Attended
- It is preferred that official transcripts be sent via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchmentto email@example.com.
- Alternatively, sealed, untampered, physical official transcripts can be sent directly to: WVU Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510.
- Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. must have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Please request a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).
The Graduate Admissions Committee will meet in early March to review all qualified applicants. Decisions will be emailed to students by the first week of April. Students will be evaluated based on the following:
- Nursing GPA
- Work Experience
- Professional Writing Statement Score
- Overall GPA
Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space and other essential resources.
In programs with limited capacity and competitive admissions, the most qualified students are selected among those that meet the minimum requirements. Students who want to appeal the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Committee decision as unfair, arbitrary, or capricious may contact the director of Admissions and Enrollment for the School of Nursing. The request will be forwarded to the committee for consideration, and the student will receive detailed information regarding the formal appeal process.
Contact info for director of Admissions and Enrollment:
- Program Director, Office of Student Services
Students are required to attend an online orientation session prior to the start of the semester.