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.
- Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
- Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
- Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
- Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
- Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
- Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
- Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
- Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
- Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
- Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
- Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
- Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.
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
| ||School Website||Online|| 101 College Hill Drive |
Philippi, WV 26416-2035
American Public University System
$ 270 per credit hour
Rolling deadline – Courses begin first Monday of each month.
| ||School Website||Online|| 111 W Congress St |
Charles Town, WV 25414
Bluefield State College
$ 243 resident
$ 460 nonresident
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 219 Rock St |
Bluefield, WV 24701
Fairmont State University
$ 255 resident
$ 546 nonresident
Due 6 weeks prior to the start of any semester
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| 1201 Locust Ave |
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470
$ 215 per credit hour
April 1st and October 1st
| ||School Website||Online|| 1 John Marshall Dr |
Huntington, WV 25755
$ 274 resident
$ 693 nonresident
March 1st and October 1st
| ||School Website||Campus|| 301 North King St |
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
West Liberty University
$ 241 per credit hour
Rolling deadline for online program
| ||School Website||Hybrid and Online|| 208 University Drive |
West Liberty, WV 26074
West Virginia University
$ 238 resident
$ 799 nonresident
May 18th and September 15th
| ||School Website||Hybrid|| Stewart Hall, 1500 University Avenue |
Morgantown, WV 26506
Wheeling Jesuit University
$ 390 per credit hour
| ||School Website||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.
- Practice & Care
- Interprofessional Care
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.
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).
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.
West Virginia Nurses Association
Lou Ann Hartley
West Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives
West Virginia Hospital Association
Source: Campaign for Action
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
What Nurses Make on Average in Major Cities
Source: BLS OES, May 2013. Accessed May 2014. Some data not provided.
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
P.O. Box 1946
Charleston, WV 25327
Phone: (800) 400-1226
Fax: (304) 414-3369
One Davis Square, Suite 100 East
Charleston, WV 25301
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301