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Nursing (BSN)

Program Details

  • Major Name: Nursing
  • Degree Program: Arts and Sciences
  • Degree Designation: BSN
  • College / School: STEM

We are excited to announce that the West Virginia University School of Nursing (WVUSON) received final approval from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (90 MacCorkle Avenue SW, Suite 203, South Charleston, WV 25303, 304-744-0900) to offer its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program here on the Potomac State campus. The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at West Virginia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) (655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791). The WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is located within the J. Edward Kelley Complex and admitted its first class of sophomores in fall 2018.

Students accepted for admission into the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program follow the same progression plan, student handbook, curriculum, policies, and procedures as students on the Morgantown campus, but are able to complete all four years here at Potomac State. Students admitted to the nursing program have opportunities to learn in a smart classroom, practice skills and critical reasoning/action in state-of-the-art simulation labs, and gain hands-on experience in many clinical facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies. The curriculum includes courses in humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science; these courses are taken in conjunction with clinical nursing courses. Students apply their learning to client, family, and community situations that warrant nursing intervention. In keeping with the University's commitment to improving health care for all West Virginians, nursing students complete a rural clinical practice experience during their senior year. Throughout the nursing program, students also complete 100 hours of community service.

The School of Nursing’s vision, mission, and values are modeled by faculty, reflected in the teaching-learning process, and expected by students. Throughout all academic and clinical experiences, students and faculty focus on five core competencies that provide the framework for the BSN curriculum: Critical thinking, nursing intervention, professional role, caring, and communication.

Acceptance into the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is competitive and spaces are limited – only 24 students are admitted every fall. Students admitted to the nursing program must successfully pass a background check, urine drug screen, and physical exam/immunizations review by his/her healthcare provider; complete Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/confidentiality and American Heart Association Basic Life Support trainings; and maintain current health insurance. In addition, students admitted to the nursing program must continue to maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the program. See the WVU School of Nursing undergraduate student handbook for further details regarding admission, progression, and graduation policies.

There are two main types of admission: Direct and Pre-Nursing. Transfer students in good standing from other colleges or universities may be eligible for admission. Please note: Any student who has been dismissed from the WVU School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program. While the School of Nursing has RN to BSN and graduate options on other campuses, those options are not available on the Potomac State (Keyser) campus.

Direct Admission to the BSN Program

Direct admission to the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is for high school students coming in as first-time freshmen. It is based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores. The deadline for application as a Direct Admit student is May 1 of the year the student wishes to be enrolled. A Direct Admit BSN program applicant must meet the following criteria:

High School GPA ACT SAT
3.8 or Higher 26 Composite AND 22 Math 1190 Combined Critical Reading and Math OR 1240 EBRW and Math (2016 and Later) AND 540/570 (2016 and Later) Math
3.6 – 3.79 28 Composite AND 22 Math 1260 Combined Critical Reading and Math OR 1310 EBRW and Math (2016 and Later) AND 540/570 (2016 and Later) Math

Applicants not meeting these criteria may be admitted to Potomac State College as a Pre-Nursing major and may be eligible for admission after one semester of college coursework.

Steps to apply to our BSN nursing program as a Direct Admit Applicant:

  1. Confirm that you meet the Direct Admit GPA and ACT/SAT requirements.
  2. Note that the deadline for Direct Admit application is May 1.
  3. Complete the Potomac State College application. Be sure to submit your official high school transcript, college transcripts for work completed in high school (if applicable), and ACT/SAT scores. Transcripts/Scores must be official, may be in paper or electronic format, and must be submitted to the Potomac State Office of Enrollment Services. An application must be complete, including all documents, to be considered for admission.
  4. Direct Admit students admitted to the program will be notified by e-mail, usually in later May.
  5. All students accepted for admission to the BSN nursing program must attend an orientation session before they begin nursing classes in the sophomore year. Students will receive information about this in a welcome letter sent out by e-mail, usually in May.
  6. All sophomore, junior, and senior nursing students must participate in the laptop program (See Laptop Program below).

Pre-Nursing Admission to the BSN Program

Those who do not meet the direct admission criteria, Pre-Nursing students, and other college majors may apply for admission to the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program after one semester of college coursework. Applications are accepted from December 1 through January 15 each year. A Pre-Nursing BSN program applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college coursework attempted; and
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the prerequisite coursework; and
  • Completion of each of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment:
    • English Composition – ENGL 101 (3 credits)
    • Intro to Psychology – PSYC 101 (3 credits)
    • Intro to Nursing – NSG 100 (2 credits)
    • College Algebra – MATH 124 or 126 (3 credits)
    • Chemistry with Lab – CHEM 111 or 115 (4 credits)
    • Chemistry with Lab – CHEM 112 or 116 (4 credits)
    • General Biology with Lab – BIOL 102 and 104 (4 credits)
    • Anatomy and Physiology – BIOL 230 or PSIO 107 (4 credits)

Note: Statistics is in the Pre-Nursing/Freshman progression plan, but is not a prerequisite for admission to sophomore year.

Steps to apply to our BSN program as a Pre-Nursing Applicant:

  1. Confirm that you meet the overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, and prerequisite coursework requirements.
  2. Note that the deadline for application is January 15; applicants have until January 31 to get all documents (transcripts and ACT/SAT scores) submitted.
  3. If you are currently a Potomac State College student, SKIP THIS STEP and move to Step 4; you do not have to reapply to the college. If you are not currently a Potomac State College student, complete the Potomac State College application. Be sure to submit your official high school transcript, college transcripts for all previous work completed, and ACT/SAT scores. Transcripts/Scores must be official, may be in paper or electronic format, and must be submitted to the Potomac State Office of Enrollment Services. An application must be complete, including all documents, to be considered for admission.
  4. Complete the WVU School of Nursing Potomac State application. An application must be complete to be considered for admission.
  5. Pre-Nursing students admitted to the BSN nursing program are notified by e-mail, usually in April.
  6. All students accepted for admission to the BSN nursing program must attend an orientation session before they begin nursing classes in the sophomore year. Students will receive information about this in a welcome letter sent out by e-mail, usually in May.
  7. All sophomore, junior, and senior nursing students must participate in the laptop program (see Laptop Program below).

Laptop Program

All students entering the WVU School of Nursing: Potomac State Campus BSN program at the sophomore level must have a laptop and bring it to class/lab/clinical every day. The laptop is used for testing and completion of coursework in most of the nursing courses throughout the BSN curriculum. In order to better serve our students, the ITS department provides computer support should the need arise; the ITS Help Desk can be reached at:

Phone: 304-293-4444
Toll Free: 877-327-9260
Email: ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu

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