West Coast University (WCU) Online Nurse Practitioner Programs – FNP, AGNP, PMHNP

The School of Nursing through West Coast University (WCU) offers Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Post-Master’s Certificate programs with four specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP), and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Additionally, those with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing may complete the RN to MSN program for each specialization.

The curriculum for the graduate nursing programs meets the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty (NONPF) standards. These online programs also require the completion of clinical preceptorships local to the student, and online students complete a new student online orientation. Note that the programs may not be available in all states.

All NP students come to either California or Texas for two three-day intensives, depending on the campus through which they are enrolled. Campus intensives are designed to allow students to practice and demonstrate the essential skills needed for nurse practitioners. Run by faculty, the intensive weekends are full of engaging content and interpersonal collaboration and include clinical evaluations. Travel costs are not included in tuition, and students must arrange transportation to the events.

Graduates of the MSN and certificate programs are eligible to sit for their specific national certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Students should check with the WCU School of Nursing to verify eligibility and program availability.

The NP programs through West Coast University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing (CCNE). WCU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is located in Anaheim, California. There is also a campus center in Dallas, Texas, through which students may enroll in these programs.

What to Expect from West Coast University Online NP Programs

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs must have a prior cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale plus proof of RN licensure in the state of practice. No GRE is required. Students in all programs must receive a recommendation for admittance from the Nursing Dean and committee members, and an interview and handwritten essay evaluation are required. Application materials may include an application and fee, proof of unencumbered RN licensure, official transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a resume or CV.

  • MSN: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or a bachelor’s degree in a closely related field from a nationally accredited program. Those with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree must have completed coursework or have experience in leadership, undergraduate research, and public health. Additional coursework may be required for non-nursing bachelor’s applicants. Interested students must have at least one year of direct patient care experience within the past 3 years and have completed introductory statistics.
  • RN to MSN: Interested nurses must hold an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Diploma in Nursing. Students should have at least one year of direct patient care experience within the past five years.
  • Post-Master’s Certificates: Applicants must hold an MSN or doctoral degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program. Prerequisite coursework includes Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Physical Assessment.

State Restrictions: The West Coast University graduate nursing programs may not be available in all states. Students should check with the WCU School of Nursing as well as their state board of licensure to verify eligibility and to determine if the program meets state requirements for NP licensure.

Study Plan: The MSN-FNP and AGPCNP can be completed in five to eight trimesters. The MSN – PMHNP takes five to nine trimesters and the AGACNP takes four to eight trimesters. The lower amount is full-time and the higher amount is part-time. The RN to MSN-FNP program takes six to 11 trimesters, depending on the specialization. The Post-Master’s AGPCNP Certificate can be completed in 16 months, while the other specializations take 20 months. The NP programs begin in the Fall, Spring, and Summer.

MSN Curriculum: Core courses for all MSN specializations include Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice; Policy, Organization, and Financing in Healthcare; Ethics in Healthcare; Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology – APRN; Principles of Teaching and Learning; Research Utilization; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Care Coordination and Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse; Advanced Pharmacology – APRN; Advanced Health Care Residency I-II; Advanced Health/Physical Assessment – APRN; and Culminating Experience I-II.

FNP Specialization: The FNP specialization comprises 53 credits plus at least 600 clinical hours. Courses include Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient Theory plus Practicum I-II; Primary Care Women’s Health Theory and Practicum; and Primary Pediatric Care Theory and Practicum.

AGPCNP Specialization: The AGPCNP track comprises 49 credits plus 500 clinical hours. Courses include Primary Care Adult and Geriatric Patient Theory plus Practicum I-II, and Primary Care Women’s Health Theory and Practicum.

AGACNP Specialization: The AGACNP track comprises 50 credits plus 500 clinical hours. Specialty courses are Acute Care Adult and Geriatric Patient Theory I-II and Practicum I-II.

PMHNP Specialization: The PMHNP track comprises 53 credits plus 500 clinical hours. Courses include Neurobiology and Psychopharmacology, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Care Across the Lifespan Theory I-II and Practicum I-II.

RN to MSN Curriculum: The FNP program comprises 68 credits plus 785 precepted clinical hours; the AGPCNP comprises 64 credits plus 685 clinical hours; the AGACNP comprises 65 credits plus 685 clinical hours; PMHNP comprises 68 credits and 685 clinical hours. Additional courses to the MSN courses listed above include Pathophysiology; Principles of Leadership for Healthcare Organization; Statistics; Public Health Nursing; Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice; Public Health Nursing; Policy Organization and Financing Healthcare; and Community Practice Experience.

Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The Post-Master’s AGPCNP Certificate program comprises 28 credits, the AGACNP 29 credits, and the FNP and PMHNP comprise 32 credits. The FNP track requires completing 650 clinical hours, while the others include 500 clinical hours. The curriculum includes the Advanced MSN courses, the Care Coordination Course, and all specialty courses listed for the MSN specializations above.

Online Experience: Online courses at WCU include videos, adaptive quizzes, simulation exercises, assignments, and assessments. WCU uses Blackboard Learn to deliver courses, and new students complete an online orientation at the beginning of the programs. The university offers 24/7 technical support and access to faculty help, peer interaction, and student services. In addition, the Career Services Department assists graduates in pursuing their careers through workshops, guidance, and partnerships with industry professionals.

On-Site Requirements: Online students in all programs come to the Anaheim, CA, or Dallas, TX campuses for two 3-day on-site intensives. All other coursework is online and clinical preceptorships are completed local to the student.

Paying for West Coast University Online Graduate Nursing Programs

West Coast University charges $635 per credit plus fees for the MSN and RN to MSN core and $785 per credit for the MSN specialization courses for both RN to MSN, MSN, and certificate programs. Distance education tuition is the same for residents and non-residents. Travel expenses for the two campus intensives are not included in tuition costs. Prospective students should inquire with the WCU School of Nursing about current tuition prices and fees.

West Coast University may offer unsubsidized federal student loans to graduate students according to the FAFSA and other scholarships and grants to qualified applicants. Graduate nursing students may also wish to inquire with their employers about the possibility of a tuition reimbursement program. Other funding opportunities may include private loans, scholarships, and grants through community and other organizations.

West Coast University

FNP, AGPCNP, PMHNP, and AGACNP specializations are offered in the West Coast University MSN, RN to MSN, and Post-Master's Certificate programs with just two 3-day campus intensives and local clinicals.

APRN Programs

MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Campus Address

1477 South Manchester Avenue
Anaheim, California 92802

West Coast University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

50

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$731.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$36,550.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$731.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$36,550.00

West Coast University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

65

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

685

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

65

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$698.70

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$45,415.50

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$698.70

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$45,415.50

West Coast University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$729.90

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$35,765.10

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$729.90

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$35,765.10

West Coast University – MSN – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

64

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

685

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

64

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$697.34

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$44,629.76

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$697.34

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$44,629.76

West Coast University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

49

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

600

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

49

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$708.58

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$37,554.74

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$708.58

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$37,554.74

West Coast University – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

65

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

785

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

65

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.06

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$47,769.80

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.06

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$47,769.80

West Coast University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

53

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

53

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$734.06

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$38,905.18

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$734.06

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$38,905.18

West Coast University – MSN – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (ADN bridge)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

68

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

685

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

ADN – Associate Degree in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

68

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$695.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$47,260.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$695.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$47,260.00

West Coast University – Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

29

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

29

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$22,765.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$22,765.00

West Coast University – Post-Master's Certificate – Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

AGNP – Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

28

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

28

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$21,980.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$21,980.00

West Coast University – Post-Master's Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

32

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

600

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

32

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$25,120.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$25,120.00

West Coast University – Post-Master's Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

2

Credits Needed to Graduate

32

Clinical Hours Needed to Graduate

500

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

None

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

32

Average Cost Per Credit (state resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$25,120.00

Average Cost Per Credit (non-resident)

$785.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$25,120.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.

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