The application deadline for the May 2022 start date is September 15, 2021. Around
two weeks following the deadline, a limited number of highly qualified applicants
may be offered interviews the last week of October. In-person interviews are preferred,
but applicants may interview via Zoom upon request. At this time, the progam will
not be offering early acceptance prior to the application deadline. Please contact
the program administrative associate, Shannon Miller, for questions about admissions.
- BSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university and nationally accredited
(National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
(CCNE) nursing program.
- Complete application for admission to the Graduate School, including unofficial copies
of transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Official transcripts will
be required following admission.
- Completion of undergraduate or graduate courses in basic statistics and research with
a C or better in each.
- Personal interview. Online or phone interviews rarely suffice. As such, applicants
should plan to interview face-to-face on our Asheville campus in late October 2020.
- The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, with a combined score of 300 or
higher (150 verbal and 150 quantitative) preferred. Please send your scores to WCU,
School Code 5897. Plan to take your GRE at least one month before the application deadline. Applications
missing GRE scores on the September 15 deadline will not be considered.
- Minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework and a minimum 3.0 science
GPA with at least a "B" earned in science coursework (specifically general chemistry,
microbiology, A&P I and II). Those with less than a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of
coursework will not be considered. Those with less than a 3.0 science GPA will not
be considered and should retake the respective science courses to improve their application.
Only the highest scores will be considered in GPA calculations.
- Resume and Professional Writing Statement.
- Three professional references. One reference must be from a current immediate supervisor.
Applications without a reference from a current immediate supervisor will not be considered.
- Current unrestricted license or eligibility to practice as a registered nurse in North
Critical care experience should include a minimum of one year of full-time clinical
experience (2,080 hours) within the two 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, ventilators, invasive monitors (e.g. pulmonary artery
catheters), interpretation of electrocardiographic data, hemodynamic waveforms, and
laboratory values (e.g. arterial blood gases, serum electrolytes). Other valuable
experience could include active participation in codes, acute airway management, administration
of sedatives and nondepolarizing muscle relaxants.
Appropriate critical care experiences include:
- Surgical, Cardiothoracic, CardioVascular Intensive Care, Neuro-Trauma
- 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/Cath. Lab
Selection will be based on the applicant's qualifications including: prior success
in undergraduate and graduate studies, recency of courses taken, scholarly accomplishment,
communication skills, additional certifications (e.g. CCRN), intellectual curiosity,
communication skills, and potential for professional growth. Meeting minimum requirements
for admission does not guarantee acceptance for an interview or enrollment into the
competitive graduate program.