Program Highlights

  • Earn your degree in as little as 24 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Gain experience through 270 practice hours
  • Get the flexibility of online classes with on-the-go resources and mobile-friendly content
  • Student-centric approach to learning designed for your success
  • Access to comprehensive Career Services support beyond graduation 
  • Competitive tuition with financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify

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RN-MSN - Nurse Educator


Our RN to Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator track helps prepare students to take an active role in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs that facilitate the learning of online nursing students and colleagues in the service setting, as well as other health professionals and patients.

Nurse educators are critical players in ensuring quality educational experiences to prepare the nursing workforce, as they facilitate learner development and use assessment and evaluation strategies to address issues that affect program outcomes. Students of WCU’s RN to MSN-Nurse Educator program should be prepared to explore curriculum design and evaluation of educational programs in a variety of settings, and engage in scholarship, service and leadership pursuits as certified nurse educators.

Nurse educators can hold a variety of positions and have numerous roles and responsibilities including:

  • Providing leadership, clinical practice expertise, education, program development, and consultation to promote clinical excellence for patients across the continuum of care
  • Using problem solving strategies and the nursing process to improve outcomes and/or achieve program goals
  • Planning, developing and facilitating educational opportunities for students and/or staff and
  • Facilitating compliance with all facility policies and procedures and regulatory standards related to patient care
  • Acting as a mentor and role model of professional nursing
  • Providing consultation, research, education and direct care

Open the door to more advanced nursing opportunities. Our RN to MSN-Nurse Educator program helps provide you the foundation you need to take on more advanced nursing roles in a variety of healthcare settings.

Our curriculum offers the online flexibility for candidates who are looking to pursue an advanced degree while working in their current position or balancing life responsibilities.

Get access to one-on-one support every step of your journey, from no-cost tutoring and writing center to a designated Student Success advisor.

Why Do Students Choose WCU for their RN to MSN?

  • Choose a pace that works for you with Accelerated and Working Professional options
  • You can earn your degree in as little as 24 months at the accelerated program pace
  • Our streamlined curriculum allows for up to 90 transfer credit hours
  • 270 hours of practice experience
  • Student-centric approach to learning
  • 24-hour access to library and courses

Support Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of classes. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services Department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online RN to MSN students and graduates. We partner with industry professionals to enhance our students’ prospects for securing employment and achieving professional success.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

The core courses and directed practicum offer expanded study in the healthcare areas of advocacy, program management, education, clinical practice, research, and health policy formulation.

The RN to MSN learning program outcome is committed to the development of the nursing professional who can:

  1. Integrate nursing science and related fields, such as physiology, statistics, psychosocial, political, financial, genetics, public health and organization sciences in the continued improvement of nursing across the continuum of health care settings.
  2. Provide leadership in a variety of settings that promote high quality, safe patient care that also incorporates ethical decision making and effective inter-professional working relationships.
  3. Demonstrate the skills needed to affect quality improvement that incorporates the various models, standards and performance measures necessary to apply quality principles, within any type of organization.
  4. Apply evidence-based research in clinical practice by identifying actual or potential practice problems in a setting and resolving them through the role of change agent.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in computer skills both technical and in the application of informatics to enhance, deliver, communicate, integrate and coordinate patient care.
  6. Recognize the need for and ability to affect policy changes by using the policy development process and advocacy strategies to influence individual health and health care systems.
  7. Communicate and coordinate inter-professionally in a variety of settings to manage and coordinate care.
  8. Identify and integrate the various evidenced based practices of health promotion and disease prevention using client centered, culturally and age appropriate concepts in the nursing process of services to individuals, families and broad-based aggregate populations.
  9. Demonstrate an advanced level of scientific and nursing-specific knowledge with the ability to integrate that knowledge into nursing practice that influences health care outcomes for individual, families, populations and/or systems.

Admissions Requirement

Applicants for the online RN to MSN program must satisfy these requirements:

  1. Submit a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative cost of processing application.
  2. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States.
    1. Applicants awaiting their licensure exam may be admitted if they meet all other admissions criteria but must show proof of licensure prior to entering the third trimester of the program.**
  3. Submit official transcripts from a Board of nursing licensed Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program;
    1. Applicants can be conditionally admitted into the first week of the program by providing unofficial transcripts or a copy of the conferred nursing degree. Official transcripts which meet the requirements set forth must be received by the end of the add/drop period in order to be admitted into the program.
    2. Applicants with a valid license may be admitted with approved documentation of earned high school degree or equivalent pending receipt of official transcripts of the nursing degree. Official transcripts must be submitted to document program completion.
  4. Have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 from the student’s Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing program.
    1. Applicants with a CGPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be admitted on probation, but must achieve a cumulative B (3.0) or better within their first trimester.
  5. Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.
  6. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years in preferred.

*All students must have a current and unobstructed license in the United States prior to entering the third trimester of the program; an unobstructed license is required for degree completion and will be verified again prior to entering the practicum course. Failure to present a valid RN license will result in dismissal from the university until such time license is current and unobstructed.

RN to MSN Nurse Educator Transfer Credits

The RN to MSN-Nurse Educator program awards 42 transfer credits for an unobstructed current RN license issued in the United States and up to 48 credits of general education transfer credits (total of 90 transfer credits).

Students who are requesting transfer credits for courses in the core curriculum must submit official transcripts by the first day of the first term in which the student commences his or her education at West Coast University.

Nursing applicants requesting additional transfer credits must provide official transcripts no later than six months after the start of the semester in which the student commences his or her education at the University. Only college-level coursework will be considered for transfer credit. All coursework must have been taken at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Note: Students enrolled in the RN to MSN program must have earned/transferred in 72 credits in order to be eligible for federal Title IV financial aid.

Note: A student may have the option of taking a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA 100) course if he/she does not have sufficient college-level credits required to meet the 141 credits required for graduation with this degree program. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA 100) is not subject to this policy as credit earned from Prior Learning Assessment is done in conjunction with enrollment in the appropriate West Coast University course.

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Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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