Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.
The WVU School of Nursing RN to BSN program offers licensed registered nurses who are graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs the opportunity to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). The online RN-BSN program is designed for completion in three semesters of study once all general education requirements are completed. All nursing courses are offered online, and a total of 28 credits of nursing coursework are required to complete the RN-BSN program.
Students are admitted during the Fall, Spring or Summer terms. Registered nurses are admitted directly into the School of Nursing with 50 credit hours of undifferentiated nursing credit. The RN-BSN program requires 28 credit hours of nursing coursework which can be completed in three semesters (full-time) and six semesters (part-time). To complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree, students will have to meet all of WVU’s general education requirements. The specific number required will be determined after an evaluation of the applicant’s transcript, as additional courses may be required.
All students must meet the WVU residency requirement, which states that students must complete the last 30 credits earned toward the Bachelor’s degree at WVU in order to qualify for the degree. Thus, students not needing additional general education foundation (GEF) courses would take 28 credits of nursing courses and an additional 2-credit elective from WVU to meet the residency requirement for graduation.
In compliance with the Washington State Nursing Commission regulations, WVU cannot accept students who are residents of Washington into our online Nursing programs at this time.
All students pay in-state tuition rates regardless of residency.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at West Virginia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
Applicant must have:
- Diploma or associate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program
- Minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on all college-level work ever attempted
- Minimum GPA of a 2.0 on all college work attempted after removing all ADN/ASN nursing courses from cumulative GPA
- Unrestricted license to practice nursing
- All Registered Nurses will transfer 50 hours of undifferentiated nursing credit based on RN licensure. All RN to BSN students will be required to meet WVU's General Education Foundations (GEF) requirements. If a student already holds a Bachelor’s degree in another discipline, he or she will be required to complete ENGL 102, STAT 211, PSYC 101, PSYC 241, and SOCA 101 (if not already taken) to fulfill the GEF requirements. Advisors will work with students to identify courses already appearing on the transcript that meet GEF requirements, and then develop a plan to fulfill any remaining requirements. The 120 credit hours includes:
- 50 undifferentiated nursing credits for RN license
- 28 credits RN-BSN nursing courses (See Program of Study)
- 2 credits of a GEF (for WVU residency requirements)
- 40 general education foundation credits remaining
Direct and indirect clinical experiences are included in WVU School of Nursing RN-to-BSN courses. Clinical assignments are designed to enrich course work and differ from pre-licensure clinical assignments. The purpose of these clinical experiences is to advance professional growth and assist students in demonstrating proficiencies essential to BSN-prepared nursing practice. Clinical experiences include assessing and providing interventions for individuals, families, and communities; communicating and collaborating in an interprofessional manner; and designing and disseminating an evidenced-based nursing practice plan to address a health issue or problem in a community or acute care setting.
Applicants can apply online. Applicants must send official transcripts to the following address:
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009
|Tuition and Fees
for academic year 2018-2019
Per Credit Hour
Per Credit Hour
Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.
*Student must pay for all credits taken
All Registered Nurses will transfer 50 hours of undifferentiated nursing credit based on RN licensure. All RN to BSN students will be required to meet WVU's General Education Foundations (GEF) requirements. Advisors will work with students to identify courses already appearing on the transcript that meet GEF requirements, and then develop a plan to fulfill any remaining requirements.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Nursing R.N. to B.S.N. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.