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Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

May 15, 2023

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Advance Your Nursing Career

The online RN to BSN degree program, offered by the School of Nursing, offers licensed registered nurses the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN). Research shows that nurses with a BSN degree have better patient outcomes. In addition, earning your BSN is one of the best things you can do for your nursing career, as there is more opportunity for advancement with this degree. You could enter a graduate nursing program, move into administration or teaching, or eventually become a nurse specialist. With our degree, earning your BSN is now easier than ever and all students pay in-state tuition rates. You can complete your degree in three semesters, once you meet general education requirements.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Dates

May 15, 2023
August 16, 2023
January 8, 2024

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

WVU School of Nursing

Degree Awarded: Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N.

Program Details

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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 28-30 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.

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Admission Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • ADN/ASN from a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on all college-level work ever attempted. Students with a 2.0-2.49 GPA may be eligible for provisional admission.
  • 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. For credits to transfer (other than the 50 undifferentiated credits for the RN license were award), they must be from a regionally accredited college or university. 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.

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Once you have reviewed the qualifications you can begin the application process. Below is a button that will take you to the WVU Online application page. To get started you'll first need to create an account on that page. Once you have done so, click "Start Application" and review your admission type prior to completing enrollment information. For type of student, please choose Health Sciences Transfer. The application and all supporting materials must be received by the following dates:

  • The application period for the Spring (January) term will open on May 1 and close on November 1. All transcripts must be received no later than November 15.
  • The application period for the Summer term will open on September 1 and close on March 1. All transcripts must be received no later than March 15.
  • The application period for the Fall term will open on December 1 and close on July 1. All transcripts must be received no later than July 15.

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Application Requirements

Applicants must apply online and pay the nonrefundable application fee. Official college transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly from the institution to the following address:

WVU Office of Admissions
PO Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

Note: Any student who has been dismissed from the West Virginia University School of Nursing or any other nursing program will not be readmitted or considered for admission to the program.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. requires 28-30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $528.

Total Degree Cost

$14,784 to $15,840 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $528
3 $1,584
6 $3,168
9 $4,752

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“As a graduate of WVU, I look forward to helping future students begin their own journeys to becoming a Mountaineer. At WVU Online, we are eager to guide you through the enrollment process with ease and want to provide you with the information and resources you need to be successful. Online degrees give everyone an opportunity to further their education and I can’t wait to help you do just that.”

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Financial Aid

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.

Career Paths

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.

Nurse Practitioner
Projected Growth: 8% or higher *Bright Outlook

Acute Care Nurse
Projected Growth: 11% higher *Bright Outlook

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Projected Growth: 5-7% *Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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