RN to BSN in West Virginia

Registered nurses in West Virginia earn on average $56,000 per year, almost $20,000 more than the statewide average for all occupations. There are a number of public and private initiatives across the state aimed at increasing the number of registered nurses in West Virginia, contributing to a positive outlook for nursing in the state.

While opportunities are greatest in West Virginia’s metropolitan areas, rural and suburban communities still offer plenty of employment. Below you will find information regarding each of the state’s nine RN to BSN programs, along with further details on nursing in the state. West Virginia’s RN to BSN programs are all well regarded nationally and fully accredited.

RN-to-BSN Programs in West Virginia

We have compiled a comprehensive listing of West Virginia’s RN to BSN programs. In the summaries below, you will find all the essential program information to help you quickly and easily narrow down your RN to BSN search. NCLEX-RN pass rates are as reported by the school.

Alderson Broaddus University

$ 295 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rotating admission

  • Credit is given for significant life experience.
  • The program consists of full or part-time asynchronous courses.
  • Program completion is possible in as little as 18 months.
  • No hospital clinical required.
Online 101 College Hill Drive
Philippi, WV 26416-2035

American Public University System

$ 270 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling deadline – Courses begin first Monday of each month.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Online tutoring is available through a partnership with tutor.com.
  • The BSN program requires 121 credits.
  • Currently licensed RNs are granted a block transfer of 30 credits.
Online 111 W Congress St
Charles Town, WV 25414

Bluefield State College

$ 243 resident
$ 460 nonresident

Application Deadlines

April 15th

  • Optional weekly on-campus boot camps with faculty to review concepts are offered.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
  • A total of 120 credits required to earn a baccalaureate degree.
  • There are three program options: full-time, part-time or fast-track.
Hybrid 219 Rock St
Bluefield, WV 24701

Fairmont State University

$ 255 resident
$ 546 nonresident

Application Deadlines

Due 6 weeks prior to the start of any semester

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • Those with a 4 year degree may earn a fast track BSN with 28 credits.
  • More than a dozen scholarships programs are available.
  • Approximately 90% of graduates obtain nursing jobs within 6 months.
Hybrid 1201 Locust Ave
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470

Marshall University

$ 215 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

April 1st and October 1st

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree may complete their BSN in 2 full time semesters.
  • A clinical practice component is required.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Online 1 John Marshall Dr
Huntington, WV 25755

Shepherd University

$ 274 resident
$ 693 nonresident

Application Deadlines

March 1st and October 1st

  • The RN to BSN program requires 23 credit hours of coursework.
  • Accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
  • It is a limited enrollment program.
Campus 301 North King St
Shepherdstown, WV 25443

West Liberty University

$ 241 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling deadline for online program

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
  • This is a self-paced program.
  • Option available to transfer up to 72 credits from a two-year college.
  • Up to 30 credits awarded for life experience.
Hybrid and Online 208 University Drive
West Liberty, WV 26074

West Virginia University

$ 238 resident
$ 799 nonresident

Application Deadlines

May 18th and September 15th

  • RNs can complete the program in 3 semesters.
  • A total of 28 credits are required to complete the program.
  • Online courses are asynchronous.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Hybrid Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV 26506

Wheeling Jesuit University

$ 390 per credit hour

Application Deadlines

Rolling admission

  • Bachelor's degree holders may complete the program in 18 months.
  • New classes begin in May and August.
  • BSN coursework includes foundation courses for MSN.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Hybrid and Online 316 Washington Ave
Wheeling, WV 26003

Please contact the RN to BSN program in West Virginia that you are interested in enrolling in to confirm details and to learn more. If you run an accredited RN to BSN program in West Virginia that is not listed above; please reach out to us with program information and proof of accreditation. Thank you!

State Commitment to RN to BSN Education Paths

The Future of Nursing campaign is a nationwide effort to bring the country up to the standards of nursing as outlined in the 2010 Institute of Medicine Report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. As a part of the effort, West Virginia has formed a State Action Coalition with the singular objective of achieving the goals set forth by the campaign. Having at least 80% of the nursing workforce hold a BSN degree is an integral part of this initiative and we have outlined below the ways in which West Virginia is actively progressing on this front.

  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Practice & Care
  • Interprofessional Care
  • Diversity
  • Data

What is being done to increase the number of West Virginia RN’s with a BSN?

The AC aims to increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN to 80% by 2020, up from the current 32%. They aim to do this through curricula improvements.

Are students enrolled via identified promising models of education progression?

Yes. RN to BSN Degrees Awarded by Community Colleges; RN to MSN Programs; State or Regional Shared Curriculum; and other methods.


What programs are being implemented to prepare nurses to lead change to advance health?

The AC will develop a repository of potential leadership positions for nurses and promote professional growth through mentor programs.

Practice & Care

Is the Coalition working to remove barriers to RN level of care?

Yes. No specific plans announced.

Are they advancing state policy to remove barriers to care provided by APRNs?

Yes. The AC was fundamental in passing legislation in 2012 that amended the definitions of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs).

Interprofessional Care

Is the state working to improve communication, transparency, and cooperation between healthcare providers?

No specific plans announced.


How are they improving diversity of the nursing workforce and care provided?

No specific plans announced.


What steps are being taken to remove gaps in workforce and health care data?

A data workgroup reviewed challenges for the state’s nursing workforce and healthcare data and presented its recommendations in early 2014.

Contact Info

Aila Accad

West Virginia Nurses Association

Lou Ann Hartley

West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives

Jim Kranz

Vice President of Professional Services
West Virginia Hospital Association

Source: Campaign for Action

For a detailed progress report and additional workgroup contact information, please see the West Virginia Action Coalition page and their Action Coalition Status Report (opens as PDF).

West Virginia Licensing

West Virginia is not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC). A West Virginia nursing license is only valid in West Virginia. For licensing information, visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.


Nursing Employment Outlook

Nursing Supply and Demand Projections

Source: "The Future of the Nursing Workforce," US HRSA, accessed June 2015.

What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities

Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.

Additional Information

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