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There are two types of registered nursing (RN) prelicensure programs available in West Virginia: associate's degree in nursing (ADN) and bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) programs. The median annual salary of the state’s RNs is approximately $54,000. Below we profile several of West Virginia’s top RN programs in depth.

West Virginia University
WVU is the state’s largest public university, with almost 30,000 enrolled students. It offers two tracks for prospective nurses: a traditional four-year BSN program and an 18-month accelerated BSN program for college graduates. Students who embark on the former track must complete six semesters of clinical nursing courses after finishing all their prerequisites.

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Wheeling Jesuit University
Wheeling Jesuit offers a prestigious bachelor of science in nursing that is among only eight percent of BSN programs nationwide to earn a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-RN examination. Students who already hold a bachelor of arts or science degree should apply to the BA/BS-to-BSN program. Existing nurses who hold a diploma or associate’s degree can enroll in the school’s RN-to-BSN/MSN completion programs.

University of Charleston
Charleston’s prelicensure BSN program features technology-enhanced classroom facilities and small clinical lab sections with a student-to-teacher ratio of 10:1 or less. The program boasts a 100% employment rate for some of its recent BSN graduating classes.

In total, West Virginia is home to two dozen registered nursing prelicensure programs. We have listed below all schools with ADN and BSN programs, and we’ve rank-ordered them by their students’ recent NCLEX test scores.

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Charleston

BridgeValley Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
University of Charleston
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 82.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
BridgeValley Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2008 to 2012
University of Charleston
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 82.8% 2008 to 2012

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Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Wheeling Jesuit University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
St. Mary's School of Nursing
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.0% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Marshall University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Virginia University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 90.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Virginia Northern Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bluefield State College - Beckley
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Liberty University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 85.9% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Fairmont State University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 83.5% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Shepherd University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83.1% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.8% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Bluefield State College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 78.7% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
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)
Davis & Elkins College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.3% NCLEX pass rate (2008 through 2012)
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 75.0% NCLEX pass rate (2010 through 2012)
Salem International University
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
West Virginia Junior College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.9% 2008 to 2012
Wheeling Jesuit University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.4% 2008 to 2012
St. Mary's School of Nursing
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.0% 2008 to 2012
Marshall University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.2% 2008 to 2012
West Virginia University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 90.1% 2008 to 2012
West Virginia Northern Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 89.1% 2008 to 2012
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.7% 2008 to 2012
Bluefield State College - Beckley
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2008 to 2012
West Liberty University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 85.9% 2008 to 2012
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 84.5% 2008 to 2012
Fairmont State University
Associate's Degree in Nursing 83.5% 2008 to 2012
Shepherd University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83.1% 2008 to 2012
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.8% 2008 to 2012
Bluefield State College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 78.7% 2008 to 2012
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
Davis & Elkins College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.3% 2008 to 2012
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 75.0% 2010 to 2012
Salem International University
Associate's Degree in Nursing
West Virginia Junior College
Associate's Degree in Nursing