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Nursing at Western Carolina University

If you plan to study nursing, take a look at what Western Carolina University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

WCU is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and approximately 12,167 students attend the school each year. In 2019, 192 nursing majors received their bachelor's degree from WCU.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Nursing section at the bottom of this page.

WCU Nursing Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing
  • Master’s Degree in Nursing
  • Doctorate Degree in Nursing

Online Classes Are Available at WCU

Don't have the time or the flexibility in your schedule to take traditional classes? Online courses may be the perfect solution for you. They allow independent learners to study when and where they want to while offering the rigor of in-person classes.

For those who are interested in distance learning, WCU does offer online courses in nursing for the following degree levels:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Master’s Degree

WCU Nursing Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks nursing programs across the country. The following shows how WCU performed in these rankings.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

The nursing major at WCU is not ranked on College Factual’s Best Colleges and Universities for Nursing. This could be for a number of reasons, such as not having enough data on the major or school to make an accurate assessment of its quality.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 21
Most Popular Online Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 129
Most Popular Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 132
Most Popular Online Nursing Schools 152
Best Value Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools 187
Most Popular Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools 190
Most Popular Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 199
Most Focused Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools 212
Most Popular Nursing Schools 232
Best Nursing Graduate Certificate Schools 232
Best Value Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools 243
Most Popular Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools 252
Most Focused Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 252
Most Focused Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools 277
Best Value Nursing Schools 301
Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 322
Best Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools 323
Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools 379
Best Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 489
Most Focused Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools 540
Best Nursing Schools 675
Most Focused Nursing Schools 883

In 2019, 78 students received their master’s degree in nursing from WCU. This makes it the #132 most popular school for nursing master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 6 students who received their doctoral degrees in nursing, making the school the #252 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of WCU Nursing Graduates

The median salary of nursing students who receive their bachelor's degree at WCU is $56,100. This is less than $61,050, which is the national average of all nursing majors in the nation who earn bachelor's degrees.


Nursing Student Demographics at WCU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the nursing majors at Western Carolina University.

WCU Nursing Bachelor’s Program

89% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 192 students who graduated with a bachelor’s in nursing from WCU in 2019, 11% were men and 89% were women.

WCU Gender Breakdown of Nursing Bachelor's Degree Grads

About 89% of those who receive a bachelor's degree in nursing at WCU are white. This is above average for this degree on the nationwide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor's in nursing.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Majors at Western Carolina University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 2
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 170
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

WCU Nursing Master’s Program

77% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 78 students who earned a master's degree in Nursing from WCU in 2018-2019, 23% were men and 77% were women. Nationwide, master's degree programs only see 13% men graduate in nursing each year. WCU does a better job at serving the male population as it supports 10% more men than average.

WCU Gender Breakdown of Nursing Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a nursing master's degree from WCU, 90% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a master's in nursing.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Nursing Majors at Western Carolina University
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 0
Black or African American 5
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 70
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

WCU also has a doctoral program available in nursing. In 2019, 6 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Concentrations Within Nursing

The following nursing concentations are available at Western Carolina University. The completion numbers here include all graduates who receive any type of degree in this field from Western Carolina University. Some of these focus areas may not be available for your degree level.

Concentration Annual Degrees Awarded
Registered Nursing 272
Nursing Practice 6

Careers That Nursing Grads May Go Into

A degree in nursing can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for NC, the home state for Western Carolina University.

Occupation Jobs in NC Average Salary in NC
Registered Nurses 102,500 $64,850
Medical and Health Services Managers 9,230 $117,650
Nurse Practitioners 4,760 $104,100
Nurse Anesthetists 3,050 $178,250
Nursing Instructors and Professors 2,170 $68,710


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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