Primary Care Certificate Program taking student applications for spring

Western Carolina University’s School of Nursing is partnering with the Mountain Area Health Education Center to offer a new Primary Care Certificate Program, with applications being taken now for students to begin the program next spring.

The program is designed to add value to a bachelor’s degree in nursing, preparing students to work at the highest level of their license in a primary care setting. Courses are developed to broaden student perspective on population health, promote care coordination in team environments, and enhance leadership skills.

All courses are offered online, with one required on-site meeting, and the program is designed to be completed in three semesters. To enroll, a student must be a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program, have one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse, have recorded a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and provide a resume.

More information about the program is available by contacting Jessica Shirley, director of student services in the School of Nursing, at 828-654-6506 or, or Judy Neubrander, director of the School of Nursing and adviser for the Primary Care Certificate Program, at 828-227-3526 or