Department of Nursing

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nature of Program

The mission of the WVU School of Nursing is to lead in improving health in West Virginia and society in general, through excellence in student - centered educational programs, research and scholarship, the compassionate practice of nursing, and service to the public and the profession. This mission is responsive to changing healthcare needs and emerging national and state changes in technology and healthcare delivery and is enhanced by a supportive and open environment. The faculty’s educational effort is directed at providing high quality, student - centered programs of instruction at all levels which prepare superb professional nurses to meet basic healthcare needs. The curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science. These courses are taken in conjunction with nursing clinical courses that enable students to apply their learning to actual client, family, and community situations that warrant nursing intervention. The curriculum has been carefully designed to equip graduates to begin professional nursing practice with patients of all ages in any health care setting where there is a position for a professional nurse at the start of his or her career. The program also provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in nursing and in other fields. The program is fully accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Students graduating from the program are eligible to take the licensure exam for registered professional nurses (NCLEX) in West Virginia and all other states.

On the WVUIT campus there are two options:

  1. Basic BSN students are admitted to the WVUIT Department of Nursing at either the freshman level or the sophomore level after completing pre - requisite general education requirements. While freshman level general education requirements are generally completed at WVUIT, students may complete these courses at other accredited institutions and transfer to WVUIT upon admission to the BSN program.
  2. The joint program between WVU School of Nursing/Glenville State College/and WVUIT is a program whereby students complete the first one year of study on the Glenville campus and then in the spring apply to WVUIT to be admitted as sophomores to complete the nursing courses.

Admission Requirements

high school seniors

Candidates who are selected for the limited number of openings in the nursing program must meet the admission requirements of the WVU School of Nursing. Admission is on a competitive basis. Individuals who have a felony or serious misdemeanor conviction are NOT guaranteed entrance to health agencies for clinical experiences and are not guaranteed to be approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to take the National Council for Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX). If felony convictions or serious misdemeanors preclude participation in clinical rotations, this could, in turn, prevent the completion of clinical course requirements, and completion of the nursing program.

Applicants are eligible to enter the BSN Program as freshmen. Admission is based on a combination of high school grade point average and composite ACT or total SAT scores. Students admitted directly into the nursing major as freshmen until the end of summer session of the freshman year to complete the required freshman course work.

High school students eligible for admission to the University are admitted directly into nursing if they meet the following criteria:

  • GPA of 3.8 or higher and an ACT composite score of 26 with Math of 22 or SAT score of 1190 Combined Critical Reading and Math or 1260 Combined EBRW and Math with 540/570 Math score
  • GPA of 3.6-3.79 and an ACT composite score of 28 with Math of 22 or SAT score of 1260 Combined Critical Reading and Math or 1320 Combined EBRW and Math and 540/570 Math Score

Students admitted directly to the Nursing program must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the nursing program, beginning with the first semester at WVU. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.0, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester. If the student’s GPA remains below 3.0 for a second semester, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program.  Directly admitted students must complete all prerequisite freshman courses in the Progression plan with a grade of “C” or better by the end of summer session of the freshman year.  If required courses are not completed satisfactorily by that time, the student will be moved to “Pre-Nursing” status and will be required to reapply for admission to the School of Nursing. 

High school students not eligible for direct admission but wishing to enter WVU Tech with pre-nursing status will need to have the following requirements:

  • GPA of 3.2 or higher and an ACT composite score of 23 and Math of 22 or SAT score of 1070 Combined Critical Reading and Math or 1140 Combined EBRW and Math and 540/570 Math Score

Students admitted to the program as “Pre-Nursing” must maintain a 2.5 GPA beginning with the first semester at WVU.  If a student’s GPA falls below 2.5, he/she will be placed on probation for one semester. If the student’s GPA remains below 2.5 for a second semester, the student will be dismissed from “Pre-Nursing”. 

college students

High school students not eligible for direct admission and college students from other majors may apply for admission after one semester or more of college course work. Admission consideration in this case is dependent upon:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the pre-requisite courses
  • Completion of each of the pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better prior to enrollment

Prerequisites: English Composition (3 cr.), Introduction to Psychology (3 cr.), Introduction to Nursing (2 cr.), College Algebra (3 cr.), Chemistry with lab (8 cr.), General Biology with lab (4 cr.), Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.). Statistics is in the freshman progression plan but i s not a pre - requisite for admission to sophomore year. Introduction to Human Development and Nutrition, and Intro to Anthropology are no longer pre - requisites and are taken later in the program

Complete Nursing applications including transcripts must be received by February 1 of the year the candidate wishes to be admitted.  Spaces are limited and the most qualified applicants are admitted.  Preference will be given to applicants who have completed or are enrolled in the nursing pre-requisite courses at the time of admission. Applicants will be admitted to the fall semester and must have and maintain a 3.0 total GPA and 3.0 pre-requisite GPA as a provision of their admission.

Online Nursing Application is open from December 15 to February 1 at

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

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 & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

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.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum grade of C- is required in all coursework except GEF 5 and GEF 6
GEF Elective Requirements (5 and 6)6
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 124Algebra with Applications (GEF 3)3
STAT 211Elementary Statistical Inference3
BIOL 111General Biology4
BIOL 230Human Anatomy and Physiology 14
BIOL 231Human Anatomy and Physiology 24
BIOL 240Microbiology4
CHEM 111Survey of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 112Survey of Chemistry4
HLSC 104Nutrition3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 4)3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development3
SOCA 105Introduction to Anthropology (GEF 7)3
NSG 100Introduction to Nursing2
NSG 211Health Assessment & Communication6
NSG 212Foundations of Nursing Practice6
NSG 276Evidence Based Practice and Research3
NSG 310Maternal Infant Nursing & Women's Health Care4
NSG 311Alterations in Adult Health 16
NSG 312Alterations in Adult Health 26
NSG 320Child and Adolescent Health4
NSG 360Ethics and Health Policy3
NSG 376Clinical Nursing Pharmacology3
NSG 411Nursing in Complex Community Systems7
NSG 412Leadership in Complex Systems7
NSG 450Alterations in Mental Health4
NSG 460Care of the Critically Ill Patient4
NSG 486NCLEX Review1
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Nursing Electives2
Spirituality and Health
Core Concepts in Gerontological Nursing
Cardiac Nursing
Palliative Care Nursing
Holistic and Integrative Nursing
Care of the Diabetic Patient
Children With Complex Health Needs
Movies and Mental Health
Generics/Genomics in Health
Total Hours123

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
BIOL 1114ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
CHEM 111 (GEF 2)4STAT 2113
MATH 124 (GEF 3)3BIOL 2304
PSYC 101 (GEF 4)3CHEM 1124
WVUE 1911NSG 1002
 15 16
Second Year
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3BIOL 2404
BIOL 2314PSYC 2413
HLSC 1043NSG 2126
NSG 2116NSG 3763
 16 16
Third Year
SOCA 105 (GEF 7)3NSG 3126
NSG 2763NSG 3204
NSG 3104NSG 3603
NSG 3116GEF 63
 16 16
Fourth Year
NSG 4117NSG 4127
NSG 4504NSG 4604
Nursing Elective2NSG 4861
GEF 53 
 16 12
Total credit hours: 123

Major Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

CRITICAL THINKING:  Employ scholarly inquiry and evidence-based reasoning and creativity in the process of assessment, interpretation, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and inference as a basis for professional nursing practice.

NURSING INTERVENTIONS:  Ensure quality care by applying theory, evidence-based clinical judgment and decision-making, and patient care technology in the delivery of safe and skilled nursing therapeutics with individuals, families, communities, and populations across the health-illness continuum.

PROFESSIONAL ROLE:  Demonstrate knowledge, attitudes, professional values, personal qualities and behaviors consistent with the nursing roles of health care designer and coordinator, organization and system leader, and advocate for consumers and the nursing profession.

CARING:  Provide empathetic, culturally sensitive, and compassionate care for individuals, families, communities, and populations that upholds moral, legal, and ethical humanistic principles.

COMMUNICATION:  Integrate therapeutic, interpersonal, intraprofessional, interprofessional and informatics communication processes in professional nursing practice.


Senior Lecturer

  • Amy Bruce - MSN
    Marshall University
  • Barbara Douglas - MSN
    Wright State University
  • Mindy Harris - MSN
    Marshall University
  • James Messer - MSN
    University of Phoenix
  • Robin Spencer - MSN
    Marshall University
  • Melinda Stoecklin - MSN
    Marshall University


  • Kelly Morton - MSN
    Capella University
  • Hillary Parcell - MSN
    Marshall University



  • Crystal Sheaves - Ph.D.
    West Virginia University