West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s nursing program is accepting applications for the spring 2016 semester which begins Jan. 11. Students interested in applying must take the HESI admission exam which will be offered Nov. 20. The program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
WVU Parkersburg’s May 2015 nursing graduates accomplished a 100 percent pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on the first attempt. The college attributes this success to the program’s up-to-date resources along with its well-educated nursing faculty who provide personal student attention.
“Our faculty are dedicated and care about student success,” said Dr. Rose Beebe, Nursing and Health Sciences division chair. “All of our instructors have a master of science in nursing with years of experience in diverse areas of the field.”
The state-of-the-art nursing lab features four adult, one pediatric and one infant high-fidelity simulators. On-site clinical simulation is incorporated within the curriculum. Students experience 27 simulated low incidence, high risk and critical incident scenarios throughout the program.
Tyler Nesbitt, a current nursing student originally from Sissonville, W.Va., said he chose WVU Parkersburg because of the experienced faculty.
“When I toured the campus and met with faculty, they were all very kind. They answered every question I had,” said Nesbitt. “I’ve gone to another nursing program, so I have that experience to compare with this one. The instructors here go above and beyond with everything. If you email them, you can expect a response usually within a few hours. They make time for you.”
Wood County native Whitney Cumberledge will graduate this December. She enrolled in WVU Parkersburg’s nursing program upon completion of her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from WVU in Morgantown. She said she enjoys the small class sizes and the ability to continue working while earning her degree.
“My favorite part is the one-on-one relationships you get to have with your professors,” said Cumberledge. “You get to not only have your professors in the classroom, but then they’ll be your clinical instructors as well.”
Once licensed and employed, WVU Parkersburg nursing graduates can pursue the RN to BSN and earn a bachelor’s degree within just four semesters.
“Our students can earn the associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree within four to five years,” said Beebe.
Upon completion of the associate’s degree, the student can sit for the NCLEX-RN, become licensed as an RN and enter the workforce making RN wages while pursuing a bachelor’s degree.
“Being able to enter the workforce as an RN after two to three years is a great advantage over those pursuing the traditional bachelor’s degree in nursing,” said Beebe. “Both pathways provide the same end result – a bachelor’s degree in nursing after four to five years.”
To learn more about the associate in applied science and bachelor in science nursing programs at WVU Parkersburg, visit www.wvup.edu/nursing or call 304-424-8300.