• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States | Asheville, NC, United States
Western Carolina University’s undergraduate Nursing program prepares students to become licensed as registered nurses who offer high-quality care to patients from children to older adults in settings from hospitals to schools. Some students go on to pursue advanced nursing degrees and may take courses toward earning their graduate degree while still an undergraduate. 
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Key facts:

  • Western Carolina University’s affordable Nursing program feature small class sizes that enable students to receive one-on-one attention from expert faculty who guide them through coursework and clinical experiences.
  • Students build on foundational courses that include human anatomy, chemistry, infectious disease and psychology with classes centered on the nursing profession from assessing patients to nursing in community and mental health settings. During students’ junior and senior years, they participate in clinical experiences at healthcare institutions and agencies in rural and urban areas across Western North Carolina. A four-semester accelerated bachelor’s degree program in nursing is based at WCU’s Biltmore Park campus in Asheville for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a different discipline. Additional programs allow for dual enrollment with several community colleges, and to concurrently take courses that will fulfill requirements for advanced nursing degrees.
  • Graduates are able to sit for the licensure examination to become registered nurses, and students who graduate from WCU programs typically perform well on their licensure or certification exams with pass rates well above national averages. Hospitals, medical offices, home health and nursing facilities hire registered nurses, and places such as correctional centers, schools or military units may have nurses on staff. Graduates also may pursue advanced nursing degrees. WCU offers graduate nursing programs for students interested in becoming family nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, nurse educators and nurse leaders. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth in the number of registered nurse positions based on factors such as increased attention on preventative care and growing rates of chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Nursing curriculum include:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Etiology of Infectious Diseases, Lecture 
  • Professional Transitions in Nursing
  • Community Health Nursing l: Theory
  • Community Health Nursing Ill: Intervention Project 
  • Community Health Nursing II: Practicum
  • APA Writing Style and Format 
  • Clinical Update for RN's
  • Nursing Leadership I: Theory 
  • Nursing Research I: Research Process 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs

  • Asheville, United States

    1124 - 1870 USD/month
    Living Costs
  • Cullowhee, United States

    900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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