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The RN to BSN nursing degree is delivered entirely online. New cohorts begin fall, spring, and summer semesters, with limited enrollment during the spring and summer terms. A total of 28 credit hours of nursing coursework are required.


  • The online RN-BSN program is designed for completion in three semesters of full-time study.

  • Graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs have the opportunity to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in a cost-effective, efficient educational model in the RN-BSN program. The RN-MSN program is offered to graduates of associate degree nursing programs.

Admission Requirements

Registered nurses are admitted directly to the School of Nursing. Acceptance and placement in the program are dependent upon the individual's academic record and upon the number of spaces available.

  • Admission to the program
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the WVU HSC Office of Admissions.
  • Associates degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • An unrestricted license to practice nursing (Registered Nurse).
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5

All registered nurses will transfer 50 hours of undifferentiated nursing credit. All RN to BSN students will be required to meet WVU's General Education Curriculum (GEC).

Course Content

Students will take courses focusing on areas such as ethics in nursing, community health, health assessment, and the concepts and principles of professional nursing. The capstone course, Evidence Based Practice, focuses on understanding the concepts inherent in evidence based nursing practice, including finding relevant evidence for practice through the use of technology, critically appraising knowledge for clinical decision making, using evidence based practice tools including models and guidelines, dissemination of evidence, and motivating a change to evidence based practice in individuals and organizations. Students will analyze and evaluate theories, research, guidelines, databases, and models that illustrate these concepts.

International students will not be eligible for an I-20 student visa form from West Virginia University for this program.