We've organized a comprehensive list of West Virginia nursing schools. Below you'll find information on specific nursing programs such as LPN certificates and ADN, BSN, and MSN degrees. You'll also find a profile of nursing education and careers in each major West Virginia city.

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.

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

A private college or university is an independent institution of higher learning that does not depend on state funds. As a result, these schools usually charge higher tuition fees than public colleges. However, private institutions offer their students several unique perks, particularly smaller class sizes and a prestigious academic reputation. Below we profile three of the best private nursing schools in West Virginia.

University of Charleston

Vocational, career, and community colleges are two-year institutions that offer relatively low tuition costs and a rapid path to nursing employment. Students typically study 12-18 months for a licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate or 2-3 years for a registered nursing (RN) associate’s degree. Below we profile several of West Virginia’s top community colleges for nursing.

West Virginia Northern Community College