- Associate of Arts
Nature of the Program
The associate of arts in pre-BSN Nursing prepares students to apply specifically to the bachelor of nursing (BSN) program offered by West Virginia University’s School of Nursing on the Beckley, Keyser, and Morgantown campuses. The first year of the program provides a foundation in biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, math and psychology, and includes all the prerequisite courses required for admission into the BSN program. The second year of the program is completed after admission to that program. Students are selectively admitted to the BSN nursing program when all pre-BSN requirements have been satisfactorily completed. Minimum requirements include a 3.00 cumulative G.P.A. and at least a 3.00 in all prerequisite courses.
Students who are not accepted into the BSN program after the first year and/or those who plan to apply to another nursing program should use the pre-nursing (General Studies) associate of arts major.
Registered nurses perform diagnostic tests, observe/record patient behavior, consult with physicians, administer medications and treatment and perform many other duties for hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes, schools, and many other agencies. In addition, registered nurses may choose to continue their education and enter graduate programs to become nurse practitioners. While both meet the minimum requirements to sit for the registered nursing certification, a BSN degree provides a more thorough nursing curriculum than an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program. According to the Nurse Journal, nurses who obtain a BSN make $8,337 more annually than nurses who obtain an ADN. In addition, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report recommending that the number of nurses with a BSN increase from 50% to 80% by 2020.
- Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science
Year @ PSC (2005)
- Sheri Chisholm - Ph.D. Institutional Leadership and Biology Education
Year @ PSC (2009)
- Erin Cunningham - M.S. Biology
Year @ PSC (2007)
- Viktor Frazier - M.S. Biology
Year @ PSC (2018)
General Education Foundations
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Reasoning||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.
& ENGL 102
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
|MATH 124||Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)||3|
|STAT 211||Elementary Statistical Inference||3|
|PSYC 101||Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)||3|
|PSYC 241||Introduction to Human Development||3|
& BIOL 104
and General Biology Laboratory (GEF 2)
|MICB 200||Medical Microbiology||3|
|BIOL 230||Human Anatomy and Physiology 1||4|
|BIOL 231||Human Anatomy and Physiology 2||4|
|Survey of Chemistry 1|
and Survey of Chemistry 1 - Laboratory (GEF 8)
|Survey of Chemistry 2|
and Survey of Chemistry 2 - Laboratory (GEF 8)
|HN&F 171||Introduction to Human Nutrition||3|
|NSG 100||Introduction to Nursing||2|
|NSG 211||Health Assessment & Communication (Morgantown)||6|
|NSG 212||Foundations of Nursing Practice (Morgantown)||6|
|NSG 250||Clinical Nursing Pharmacology||3|
|WVUE 191||First Year Seminar||1|
Suggested Plan of Study
|ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3||BIOL 230||4|
& BIOL 104 (GEF 2)
& 112L (GEF 8)
& 111L (GEF 8)
|4||PSYC 101 (GEF 4)||3|
|MATH 124 (GEF 3)||3||STAT 211||3|
|WVUE 191||1||NSG 100||2|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3||NSG 212||6|
|BIOL 231||4||NSG 250||3|
|MICB 200||3||HN&F 171||3|
|NSG 211||6||PSYC 241||3|
|Total credit hours: 62|
Major Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the associates in nursing (pre-BSN) program, students will be able to:
- Describe general biological concepts, including anatomy, physiology and genetics.
- Use mathematical concepts to solve problems.
- Use chemical principles and laboratory techniques to describe chemical structure.
- Describe fundamental concepts in psychology and sociology.
- Apply for admission into the West Virginia University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN program.