Nursing is a dynamic career opportunity for both women and men. WVU's undergraduate program in nursing is recognized by health care agencies as providing excellent preparation for the nursing profession. Changes in health care and current and predicted future shortages of professional nurses indicate the demand for graduates will remain very high for many years to come.
The bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) curriculum includes courses in the humanities and arts, social sciences, natural sciences and nursing science. Taken concurrently with these courses, nursing clinical courses enable students to immediately apply their learning to actual client, family and community situations that require nursing intervention. Nursing experience in a primary care rural clinic site is included during senior year. Graduates are equipped for a beginning professional role with clients of all ages in any health care setting and have an excellent foundation for graduate study.
National accreditation of the B.S.N. program and approval by the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses qualifies graduates to take the required examination for RN licensure. Graduates are eligible to be licensed to practice nursing in any state in the nation. Graduates are also eligible to apply for certification as a school nurse and to take the American Holistic Nurses' certification examination.
Demand for professional nurses is high and is predicted to increase due to changes in health care, the growing number of older persons and the large number of nurses nearing retirement age. Nursing positions are available in all areas of nursing in every region of the country. The need for nurses is especially acute in intensive care, rehabilitation, geriatrics and long-term care. Employment in home health care continues to grow rapidly. This is in response to the increasing number of older persons with functional disabilities, consumer preference for care in the home and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatment into the home.
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- Nursing students are required to log 1,100 clinical hours, 950 of which take place in an Academic Medical Center with Level I Trauma designation.
- The School of Nursing's class of 2014 achieved a perfect 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination – Registered Nurse, the national licensing exam for registered nurses.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
School of Nursing programs are fully accredited by the national accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
My desire to intertwine a career as a nurse in the Army took root on September 11th when I felt a need to help others and protect my country. WVU’s reputation for excellence in nursing made it an easy choice when I began my endeavor to save lives in August 2006; along with my aspiration to march in the Pride of West Virginia, The Mountaineer Marching Band. I graduated from WVU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2010 and returned to my hometown of Latrobe, Pa. I was commissioned as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps and currently serve as a citizen soldier as I pursue furthering my nursing career.