A comprehensive listing of West Virginia nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as licensed practical nursing, RN associate's degree, and bachelor's degree. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major West Virginia city.

A successful nursing career in the Bluefield metropolitan area begins with a certificate or degree from an accredited nursing school. Fortunately, the metro area of more than 107,000 inhabitants is home to several accredited schools that offer nursing programs at all levels. For example, Bluefield College offers a registered nurse (RN) to bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) pathway, typically called an RN-to-BSN completion program, as well as a master of science in nursing (MSN) program.

Beckley, West Virginia, is home to approximately 1,200 registered nurses (RNs), 650 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 500 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Beckley RNs typically hold an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or a master of science in nursing (MSN). A valid license is also required to practice. Local schools such as West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Bluefield State College offer BSN programs that prepare students to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN).

A master of science in nursing (MSN) degree is an advanced qualification for nurses furthering their careers in specialized fields like nursing administration, nursing education, and family practice nursing. Upon graduation, students can fill advanced practice registered nursing (APRN) roles such as nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, and nurse practitioner. Below we share some of the best MSN programs in West Virginia.

Wheeling Jesuit University

West Virginia has two types of bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs: prelicensure programs that prepare students for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and RN-to-BSN programs that enable existing registered nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor's degree. While the state’s RNs earn a respectable median income of $54,000, BSN-holders often earn top-quartile pay in excess of $65,000 per year. Employers frequently preference BSN-educated nurses for hiring and promotion due to their deeper technical skills. Below we have highlighted three of the top BSN programs in West Virginia.

All associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) programs in West Virginia are focused on initial registered nursing (RN) licensure. These programs are relatively short, spanning just two to three years, and some campuses offer evening classes for students juggling work and school responsibilities. Below we have profiled several of West Virginia’s top ADN programs in depth.

University of Charleston

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) make up about 20% of West Virginia’s nursing workforce. They earn a median annual salary of $33,710 in the state. LPN certificate programs are relatively short, typically requiring 12 months of fulltime study. Aspiring LPNs must also successfully pass the NCLEX-PN national licensure examination. We highlight below a few of the best LPN programs in West Virginia.

Salem International University

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) play a crucial role on every healthcare team. They ensure that a patient’s daily needs are met and hold essential patient care skills such as CPR. To gain licensure in West Virginia, aspiring CNAs must attend a certificate program with at least 120 instruction hours and achieve satisfactory test scores. These CNA certificate programs are relatively short, ranging from several weeks to a few months in length. The state’s CNAs enjoy a median annual salary of $21,810. Below we profile several of West Virginia’s top nursing assistant programs.

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