RN to BSN Online

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View More: http://livhefnerphotography.pass.us/wvupheadshots-1The RN-to-BSN program is designed to be an online degree-completion program for practicing, licensed registered nurses (RNs).

Program Description

The program will enable RNs to continue their education to the bachelor’s degree without having to interrupt their employment. The RN-to-BSN program is designed to be an online degree-completion program for practicing, licensed registered nurses (RNs).  Only RNs with unencumbered license to practice nursing will be admitted to the program.  Courses will be taught online to give nurses the flexibility to fit their academic work into their professional and personal calendars.  It is our goal to provide registered nurses an educational experience to  build on current nursing knowledge and facilitate professional growth.  Students must be self-directed and actively involved in the process of learning.


This nursing education program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326. Phone 404-975-5000, Fax 404-975-5020, website: www.acenursing.org

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the graduate is prepared to:

  • Incorporate the knowledge and skills learned to help patients, families, and communities continually progress toward fulfillment of human capacities.
  • Make judgments in practice, substantiated with evidence, which synthesizes nursing science and knowledge from other disciplines in the provision of safe, quality care and the promotion of the health of clients and the community.
  • Express one’s identity as a nurse through actions that reflect integrity, a commitment to evidence-based practice, caring, advocacy, and safe quality care for diverse clients and their communities, and willingness to provide leadership in improving care.
  • Act as a scholar who contributes to the development of the science of nursing practice by identifying questions in need of study, analyzing published research, and using available evidence as a foundation to propose creative, innovative, or evidence-based solutions to clinical practice problems. *

*(National League for Nursing (2010). Outcomes and competencies for graduates of practical/vocational, diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate, master’s, practice doctorate, and research doctorate programs in nursing. New York: National League of Nursing. pp. 33-36, 39).

Admission to Program

Applicants requesting admission to the RN-BSN program must first meet the requirements for general admission to the college.

Acceptance and placement in the program are dependent upon the individual’s academic record and number of spaces available.

General Requirements
To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must submit a completed application and:

  1. Have an associate degree or diploma in nursing from an accredited school.
  2. Possess an active unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States.
  3. Have a valid RN license in the state in which you will be completing assignments
  4. NOT been excluded from another nursing program for any reason, including (but not limited to) academic dishonesty, disruptive behavior, or course failure (If student attended another nursing program they must submit a letter from the school’s Director or Dean of Nursing indicating their eligibility to return).
  5. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale on all college/university courses completed prior to admission.

Students who are currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and who plan to continue their education through the RN-BSN track may transition into the Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, in the second year of their Associate Degree classes. Students are eligible to enroll in NURS 320, Health Assessment and Promotion across the Lifespan, with the consent of the Program Director. ADN students are still held responsible to meet all of the requirements to graduate with the Associate of Applied Science Degree Nursing at the end of their second year of nursing. To continue in the Bachelors of Science Nursing program, students must successfully complete the NCLEX and have an unencumbered license to practice nursing. Upon graduation from the ADN program, students who wish to pursue the RN-BSN must change their major in the Record’s Office and see their academic advisor for current information regarding program requirements.

Admission Limitations

In the event of space limitations, qualified applicants will be ranked according to cumulative GPA and number of general education courses completed. The highest ranked students who meet the admission requirements by March 15th for fall admission or September 15th for spring admission are admitted first; other qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list. The first day of class, the waiting list is deleted. Because of the competition for space, it is possible qualified applicants may not be selected for admission.

Application to the Nursing Program

Applications will be accepted year around. Download the application here:

For an application to be complete, each applicant must:

  • Submit a completed application to the college (new and returning students)
  • Submit a completed Nursing and Health Sciences application
  • Submit transcripts of any college work from another college

An interview with applicants may be requested at the discretion of the Nursing Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee.

It is important to note that completion of the application process does not imply that the applicant will be admitted to the nursing program.


Physical Presence Requirements

There are no face-to-face requirements for this program.

State Authorizations

WVU at Parkersburg is authorized to offer this online degree to students residing in the following states.  If your home state is not listed, please contact ude.puvwnull@enilno to inquire about enrolling:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Other information

Background Check
Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy pdf
Technical Standards for Admission, Progression and Graduation pdf
RN-BSN Handbook 2015-2016 pdf
RN-BSN Handbook 2016-2017 pdf
RN-BSN Clinical Practice Requirements pdf

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