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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.

University of Charleston
Charleston’s BSN program is extremely unique, combining a liberal arts philosophy with technical nursing knowledge. The program boasts a 100% employment rate for some recent BSN graduating classes. Charleston’s nursing school is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities like technology-enhanced classrooms, and its small clinical lab sections ensure a student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1 or less.

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West Virginia University
Both high school students and existing RNs can enroll in WVU’s BSN program. High school graduates can gain their registered nursing license in four years at either the Morgantown campus or WVU’s Institute of Technology in Montgomery. Existing RNs have a more flexible option of completing the BSN requirements online through a web-based program.

West Virginia Wesleyan College
Wesleyan has a rigorous nursing program that does not hesitate to remove any student who fails to comply with safe nursing practices. Upon graduation, students can work for local employers such as Welch Community Hospital.

To help West Virginia’s aspiring nurses, we’ve compiled below a more complete list of the state’s BSN programs.

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Charleston

University of Charleston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
University of Charleston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.8% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

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Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marshall University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shepherd University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 78.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (GSC Collaborative): 72.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2011)
Alderson Broaddus University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
  • LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield State College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Davis & Elkins College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fairmont State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem International University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Wheeling Jesuit University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Marshall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2012
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Shepherd University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2012
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 78.4% 2008 to 2012
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (GSC Collaborative) 72.2% 2008 to 2011
Alderson Broaddus University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.8% 2008 to 2012
LPN-to-BSN Bridge Program
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Bluefield State College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Davis & Elkins College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Fairmont State University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Salem International University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion