Bachelor’s of Nursing Programs in West Virginia

This list of Bachelor’s of Nursing programs in West Virginia includes only online degree programs. These degree paths are convenient for practicing nurses who want to earn their bachelor’s degree without jeopardizing their employment. The programs are intended only for people who have earned an associate degree in nursing or have graduated from a diploma program and so students get credit for life experiences and for courses they completed during their studies. The number of credits allowed varies by school. All of the programs can be completed in a short amount of time, usually in less than two years, if they are pursued full-time.

Alderson–Broaddus College

College of Health Sciences, Nursing Department

Alderson-Broaddus College is a Baptist school with a student population of 1052, that strives to give students a strong liberal arts education and an appreciation of arts, literature and Christian values. US News and World reports listed the school as number 37 of Regional Colleges South. It has also been named a “Military Friendly” school for 2015. The school awards baccalaureate degrees in 28 disciplines. Tuition is $27,742.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree is offered in online form to meet the needs of nurses who are already practicing and who must schedule around their work. Students admitted to this program must have a valid Associate of Nursing Degree or a diploma from an accredited nursing program. The official title of the program is RN to BSN. There are seven student learning outcomes enumerated in the handbook. Each outcome has three levels that teach the same concepts but at increasingly greater depth and complexity. The program begins with two level one courses: “Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice” and “Health Assessment.” The 120 credit program takes 18 months to complete as a full-time student taking two courses every eight-week session. Part-time students will take longer to earn the degree. The program assumes much of the general education requisites will have been satisfied by the associate degree. Required courses are completed first, followed by electives. The liberal arts component should be satisfied during the first twenty-four credit hours.
Accreditation
NLNAC
Contact
College of Health Sciences
Department of Nursing
Alderson-Broaddus University
101 College Park Drive
Phillipi, WV, 26416
304-457-6293
dericobm@ab.edu
http://ab.edu/academics/nursing

Marshall University

College of Health Professions, School of Nursing

This school, with student population of 14,192, is not ranked by US News and World Reports. It boasts a program called HELP which stands for Higher Education for Learning Problems assistance. The goal of the program is to help people with learning disabilities complete their educational goals. The school is the home of the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center which focuses on the arts of the Appalachian Mountains. Tuition is $4,860 per year with additional fees.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree, in online delivery, is intended to provide nurses who have graduated from nationally accredited associate degree or diploma programs with an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree. The two areas stressed are critical thinking and clinical judgment. The program gives students a strong liberal arts education, including exposure to arts, social sciences and humanities in an “interactive online environment.” The learning outcome for the degree is that the graduate of this program will be a competent nurse generalist. The program is entirely online, and students have a 72-hour window to take exams. Students must have Microsoft Word and PowerPoint in addition to an Adobe Reader. Students who have all prerequisite classes can finish the 120-credit-hour program in two semesters of full-time study.
Accreditation
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Contact
College of Health Professions
School of Nursing
Marshall University
1 John Marshall Drive
Huntington WV, 25755
304-696-2930
mcilvain@marshall.edu
http://www.marshall.edu/cohp/index.php/departments/school-of-nursing/programs7/rn-to-bsn/

Shepherd University

Online Department of Nursing Education

The US News and World Report ranks this school among Regional Universities, but the rank is not published. In 2012 the school was ranked #82 of Best Baccalaureate Colleges South. The pass rate for the National Council of Licensing Examination for the RN program (2012) is 78.4%. The school has a student body of 4,326 and its six-year graduation rate is 38%. Shepherd University is the home of the Contemporary American Theater festival and of the George Tyler Moore Center for the study of the Civil War. Tuition is $350 per year plus fees of $5,484.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree features the RN to BSN program allowing people who have associate’s degrees or diplomas from accredited schools to earn a bachelor’s degree. It can be completed full or part-time. Advisors assist students in building individual growth plans. This is a 120 credit-hour program of which 59 credits are in specific core and nursing prerequisites, 61 are in upper level nursing courses, including a capstone project, and the rest are electives. RNs must complete most requirements before applying to the nursing program but receive credit for life experience. The first level of courses are called Initial Inquiry classes and include math, history and natural sciences with nursing core. The second tier, called Expression of Knowledge, explores humanities and social sciences and the third tier is the capstone experience.
Accreditation
National League of Nursing Accreditation Commissions
Contact
Department of Nursing Education
Shepherd University
301 North King Street
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
304-876-5459
Email through the website
http://www.shepherd.edu/nurseweb/

University of Charleston

School of Nursing

This school has a pass rate of 66.7% for RNs on the NCLEX. During the 1950s, area hospitals awarded nursing diplomas. When the programs folded, the university, then called Morris College, took over training nurses, offering associate degrees in nursing. At that time, associated with the Methodist church, most of the students were of that denomination. After the school became the University of Charleston with a more liberal arts focus, many of the Methodist students left. The university is ranked among the Top Regional Colleges South and is one of The Princeton Review’s 2015 Best Colleges Region by Region. It has a student body of 1895.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The online bachelor of science degree is entirely web-based. It is an RN to BSN program intended for nurses who have earned an associate degree or a nursing diploma and who are currently working as a nurse. Students can transfer up to 80 credits, and can complete the 123 credit-hour program in 18 months of full-time study. Applicants must have an unencumbered nursing license and 2.5 cumulative GPA on prior school work. It is assumed that the prerequisites will have been satisfied by the associate degree or diploma courses, but if not, these courses must be completed. Students take pre-core classes which include an introduction to social sciences, physiology and anatomy and labs. The coursework includes a capstone project which consists of a portfolio.
Accreditation
NLNAC
Contact
School of Nursing
University of Charleston
2300 Maccorkle Ave, SE
Charleston, WV 25304
304-357-4966
duanenapier@ucwv.edu
http://www.ucwv.edu/majors/Nursing/RN-BSN/

 

West Liberty University


Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Programs

This school is relatively small, with less than 3,000 students. It is ranked by US News and World Reports as # 52 of Best Regional Colleges South. The Health Sciences department has several nationally accredited programs including Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Speech pathology, Audiology, and a Physician’s Assistant program. The goal of the nursing program is to provide “safe, holistic patient-centered care to promote wellness across the lifespan. General in-state tuition is $6,226 and non-resident is $13, 540 although the online programs are charged per credit hour. The RN pass rate for the NCLEX for this school is 90.5%.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This completely online program builds on prior nursing and life experience. It can be completed by full-time students in three semesters. Some credit may be awarded for life experience and students can transfer up to 72 hours from an accredited two-year community college. Transferred credits from an associate degree include 31 credits in lower level courses, while those nurses with diplomas are granted 30 lower-level credits. Tuition for part-time students in the online program is $241 per credit hour. Many non-nursing classes in the degree are offered at college satellite centers. There is a rolling admission so students can enter the program at any semester. The curriculum on the 129 credit-hour degree program focuses on “Immersion in Caring.”
Accreditation
CCNE
Contact
Department of Health Sciences, Nursing Program
West Liberty University
101 Faculty Drive
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-336-8108
tfaykus@westliberty.edu
http://westliberty.edu/health-sciences/academics/nursing/

 

West Virginia University, Morgantown


Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, School of Nursing

This land grant university was ranked by US News and World Reports as #168 of National Universities. It is classified as a research university, by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, for high research activity. Tuition for residents is $6,960 and for non-resident students it is $20, 424. The Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center houses five schools: Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. There are more than 1000 faculty members who teach on the three campuses.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree can be completed in three semesters of full-time study. There are 28 credits, including health assessment, ethics, which is a writing course, Clinical Health Promotion and Health Literacy, in addition to other degree stipulations that are partially met by allowing credits from associate of diploma study. RNs are admitted directly to the nursing program but their placement depends upon their academic record and available space. All RNs are granted 50 credit hours for life experience but they must meet West Virginia University’s general education requisites. The 128 credit program modified by the life experience credits and the 28 credits which are included in the RN to BSN program leaves 50 credits to be met by taking additional courses. The final semester (which is summer) includes a capstone project.
Accreditations
CCNE
Contact
School of Nursing
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-9600
304-293-1768
ksandjecklin@hscw.edu
http://home.hsc.wvu.edu/about/

 

West Virginia University, Parkersburg

 

School of Nursing

The mission of the school is to provide “accessible life-changing educational opportunities in a safe and supportive environment.” The pass rate for the NCLEX (RN) is 94.7%. West Virginia University at Parkersburg has a student body of 4,450. This is a stand-alone university with its own governing board, separate from West Virginia University. The school began as a community college but now offers some baccalaureate programs. It is unranked by US News and World Reports. Tuition is $2,496.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This program, which is completed online, is intended for practicing, licensed Registered Nurses. It was conceived in response to local hospitals, who said there was a lack of nurses with bachelor’s degrees to staff their facilities. There is no face-to-face course requirement. Credit is applied for nursing courses taken in the RN degree and in life experience. There are 40 nursing course credits in the 120 credit program, 29 support course credits and 31 credits of general education. Applications for the degree program are accepted year round, but admission is dependent upon prior GPA and space availability. The waiting list is dissolved on the first day of class each semester and applicants must reapply.
Accreditation
CCNE
Contact
School of Nursing
West Virginia University Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive
Parkersburg, WV 26104
304-424-8000
Debra.Barker@wvup.edu
http://www.wvup.edu/academics/academic-divisions/health-sciences/rn-bsn-online/

 

West Virginia Wesleyan College

 

Department of Nursing

This school, affiliated with the Methodist Church, was founded in 1890. IT awards degrees in 43 academic majors, and operates on two fourteen-week semesters with optional May and summer terms. US News and World Reports rates the school as number 12 of Regional Colleges South. The goal of the nursing department is to prepare graduates to be competent in critical thinking and in communication. The pass rate for the NCLEX (RN) is 66.7%. Tuition for the college is $25,650.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

This degree is intended for those who hold an unencumbered RN license and allows them to earn a bachelor’s degree while still working. The college bases its curriculum on a series of core concepts: “Professional in Practice, Critical Thinking, Clinical Reasoning, Ethical and Legal Framework, Communication, Community Engagement, Professional Role Development and Healthcare Management.” Of the 120 credit hours in the program, 30 must be earned in residence. All students must complete the General Studies Program plus the major core and electives earning no less than a 2.0 in any class. The Professional Practice component includes both instructional and clinical practice in a variety of settings including urgent care and in the community. Graduation requires a cumulative 2.75 grade average.
Accreditation
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
Contact
Nursing Department
West Virginia Wesleyan College
59 College Ave.
Buckhannon, WV 26201
304-473-8224
nursing@wvwc.edu
https://www.wvwc.edu/academics/dept/nursing/

 

Wheeling Jesuit University

 

Department of Nursing

This private, coeducational school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It was founded in 1954 and has a student body of 1,173. The average class size is 18 and the school student-to-faculty rate is 18:1. This school operates on the semester system. It houses more than 40 programs of study. It is ranked by US News and World Reports as number 11 in Regional Colleges South. The NCLEX pass rate is 100% (for RNs). Tuition is $27,830.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Students in this online RN to BSN program must satisfy the 51 credits of university liberal arts core including, among other courses, English, behavioral sciences, modern languages, ethics and morals and global perspectives. The program consists of 126 total credits, including 75 BSN credits, many of which can be transferred from an accredited associate degree program or challenged. Each student has eleven challenges. RNs may also take designated graduate school classes to fulfill some of the BSN requirements. The program is supported by an online library and full-time educational faculty members who make personal contact with the students. Tuition for the program is $300 per credit hour plus fees, books and required software packages.
Accreditation
CCNE
Contact
Department of Nursing
Wheeling Jesuit University
316 Washington Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
304-243-2306
Vbarton-cato@wju.edu
http://www.wju.edu/online/MSNPrograms/rntobsn.asp

Students completing online courses find that they can tailor their schedules around family and jobs, but they still must have self-discipline to earn an online degree. The nice thing about the RN to BSN programs is the ability to receive credit for the work experience you have and for the studies you have already completed in the associate degree or diploma program. This makes advancing in your career much easier. The schools vary in the adjustments made, so it is wise to use this list of Bachelor’s of Nursing Programs in West Virginia to select the schools you feel you would like to investigate further.