Nursing at Western Carolina University
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.
|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|
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
The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from Western Carolina University with a bachelor's in nursing.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Students|
|Black or African American||3|
|Hispanic or Latino||8|
WCU Nursing Master’s Program
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.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Students|
|Black or African American||5|
|Hispanic or Latino||2|
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|
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|
|Medical and Health Services Managers||9,230||$117,650|
|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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