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West Virginia’s healthcare workforce contains well over 30,000 nurses, including more than 18,000 registered nurses (RNs), 6,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 7,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs). Aspiring nurses can select from a broad range of nursing schools, including large public universities with extensive resources and private colleges with small class sizes. We profile below a few of the best nursing schools in West Virginia from largest to smallest.

West Virginia University
WVU is the state’s largest public university with 29,707 enrolled students. It offers three nursing tracks for prospective students: bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), master of science in nursing (MSN), or doctoral programs in nursing science and practice. The university boasts very prestigious faculty. The West Virginia University School of Nursing Alumni Association has provided a strong alumni network since its founding in 1964.

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Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling Jesuit is the largest post-secondary private institution in West Virginia, with a total enrollment of 1,180 undergraduate students. Because of this smaller student body size, the university maintains an impressive 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio which facilitates a closer-knit learning environment.

West Virginia Northern Community College
This community college offers an associate’s degree in nursing (ADN) program and a CNA certificate program. Though a small institution by nature, Northern’s student body has grown consistently over the past 15 years. The school is thus currently undergoing a year-long expansion and remodeling effort at its Wheeling campus.

To provide a more comprehensive view, we’ve listed below all of West Virginia’s prelicensure nursing programs from the largest to the smallest.

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Charleston

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 74 students during the 2011 period
Garnet Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2012-13 period
University of Charleston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2011 period
School Program Class size
BridgeValley Community and Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 74 students
Garnet Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 40 students
University of Charleston Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students

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West Virginia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 134 students during the 2011 period
Fairmont State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 99 students during the 2011 period
Marshall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 84 students during the 2011 period
St. Mary's School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82 students during the 2011 period
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2011 period
West Virginia Northern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2011 period
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 49 students during the 2011 period
Shepherd University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 41 students during the 2011 period
Davis & Elkins College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 38 students during the 2011 period
James Rumsey Technical Institute
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012-13 period
New River Community and Technical College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012-13 period
Academy of Careers and Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2012-13 period
Bluefield State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 29 students during the 2011 period
Wheeling Jesuit University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 29 students during the 2011 period
Monongalia County Technical Education Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 28 students during the 2012-13 period
West Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 23 students during the 2011 period
Bluefield State College - Beckley
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 22 students during the 2011 period
Fred W Eberle Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012-13 period
Greenbrier School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012-13 period
Mercer County Technical Education Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012-13 period
Randolph Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 20 students during the 2012-13 period
B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012-13 period
Fayette Institute of Technology
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012-13 period
Salem International University
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012-13 period
United Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 19 students during the 2012-13 period
Mineral County Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012-13 period
Wyoming County Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 18 students during the 2012-13 period
Alderson Broaddus University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 17 students during the 2011 period
Wood County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2012-13 period
John D Rockefeller IV Career Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2012-13 period
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 16 students during the 2011 period
Summers County School of Practical Nursing
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 15 students during the 2012-13 period
Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2012-13 period
West Virginia University Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 14 students during the 2011 period
McDowell County Career and Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2012-13 period
Roane-Jackson Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2012-13 period
Cabell County Career Technology Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012-13 period
Putnam Career & Technical Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2012-13 period
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 6 students during the 2011 period
Mingo Extended Learning Center
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 3 students during the 2012-13 period
School Program Class size
West Virginia University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 134 students
Fairmont State University Associate's Degree in Nursing 99 students
Marshall University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 84 students
St. Mary's School of Nursing Associate's Degree in Nursing 82 students
West Virginia University at Parkersburg Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
West Virginia Northern Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 68 students
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 49 students
Shepherd University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 41 students
Davis & Elkins College Associate's Degree in Nursing 38 students
James Rumsey Technical Institute Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
New River Community and Technical College Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
Academy of Careers and Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Bluefield State College Associate's Degree in Nursing 29 students
Wheeling Jesuit University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 29 students
Monongalia County Technical Education Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 28 students
West Liberty University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 23 students
Bluefield State College - Beckley Associate's Degree in Nursing 22 students
Fred W Eberle Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Greenbrier School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Mercer County Technical Education Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
Randolph Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 20 students
B M Spurr School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Fayette Institute of Technology Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Salem International University Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
United Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 19 students
Mineral County Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Wyoming County Career & Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 18 students
Alderson Broaddus University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 17 students
Wood County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
John D Rockefeller IV Career Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students
West Virginia Wesleyan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 16 students
Summers County School of Practical Nursing Certificate in Practical Nursing 15 students
Ralph R Willis Career and Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
West Virginia University Institute of Technology Bachelor of Science in Nursing 14 students
McDowell County Career and Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Roane-Jackson Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Cabell County Career Technology Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 8 students
Putnam Career & Technical Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 8 students
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Associate's Degree in Nursing 6 students
Mingo Extended Learning Center Certificate in Practical Nursing 3 students