WVU School of Nursing Admission Criteria

  • BSN Admission Criteria

    • High School Seniors

      Admission directly to the Nursing major is based on a combination of high school grade-point average and composite ACT or total SAT scores. Direct admission space is limited.

      High school students eligible for admission to the University are admitted directly into nursing if they meet the following criteria:

      GPA ACT -or- SAT
      3.8 or higher 25 composite   1150 Combined Critical Reading and Math
      3.6-3.79 26 composite   1190 Combined Critical Reading and Math
      3.5-3.59 28 composite   1260 Combined Critical Reading and Math

      An application for direct admission to the University is available online or by calling Admissions at 1-800-344-9881. Please click HERE to view information on the application process. 

      High school students eligible for pre-nursing status will need to have the following requirements:

      GPA ACT -or- SAT
      3.2 or higher 21 composite   990 Combined Critical Reading and Math
      3.0-3.19 23 composite   1070 Combined Critical Reading and Math
             
    • College Students

      High school students not eligible for direct admission and college students from other majors may apply for admission after one semester or more of college course work. Admission consideration in this case is dependent upon:

      Complete applications including transcripts must be received by January 15 of the year the candidate wishes to be admitted. Spaces are limited and the most qualified applicants are admitted. Qualified applicants who are competitive with other applicants in the applicant pool will be invited for an interview. An invitation for an interview does not guarantee admission. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed or are enrolled in the nursing pre-requisite courses at the time of admission. In addition to academic preparation, professionalism and prior community service and health care experience will be considered during the interview. Applicants will be admitted to either the Fall or Spring semester and must maintain a 3.0 total gpa and 3.0 pre-requisite gpa as a provision of their admission.

      The BSN Application Form for Health Sciences Admission will be available online beginning December 1, 2012.  The application form can also be obtained from the Health Sciences Center Office of Admissions via mail by calling (304) 293-3521, or can be picked up in person at 1170 WVU Health Sciences Center North.

      • a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all college work attempted

      • completion of required prerequisite courses from any accredited college or university with a grade of C or better

        Prerequisites: English Composition (3 cr.), Intro. to Psyc (3 cr.), Intro. to Nursing (2 cr.), College Algebra (3 cr.), Chemistry with lab (8 cr.), General Biology with lab (4 cr.), Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)., Intro. to Sociology or Anthropology (3 cr.). Statistics is in the freshman progression plan but is not a pre-requisite for admission to sophomore year. Developmental Psyc. and Nutrition are no longer prerequisites and are taken in the sophomore year.

        Students must be enrolled in either BIOL 102/104 OR BIOL 115 and either CHEM 111 OR CHEM 115 in the fall semester of the freshman year, in order to take the required spring only prerequisite courses (CHEM 112 and NBAN 107). Students who fail to take the required prerequisite courses in the freshman year will be ineligible for admission consideration until their sophomore year. Once beginning the nursing program, students must complete six semesters (fall and spring) of clinical coursework beginning with NSG 211 Health Assessment. Please see the progression plans for further information.   

      • space available in the class

  • BS/BA to BSN Admission Criteria

    1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the pre-requisite courses listed below is also required. Spaces are limited and the most qualified candidates are selected.

      Qualified applicants who are competitive with other applicants in the applicant pool will be invited for an interview. An invitation for an interview does not guarantee admission. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed or are enrolled in the nursing pre-requisite courses at the time of admission. In addition to academic preparation, professionalism and prior community service and health care experience will be considered during the interview.

    2. Completion of each of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better, prior to enrollment:

      Course Credit
      English Composition 1 and 2 6
      Biology 3-4
      Chemistry 3-4
      Human Anatomy 3-4
      Human Physiology 3-4
      Microbiology 3-4
      Statistics 3
      Introductory Psychology 3
      Introductory Sociology Or Introductory Anthropology 3
      Developmental Psychology Across the Lifespan 3
      Human Nutrition 3
      College Algebra 3
  • RN to BSN Admission Criteria and Advising

    • 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. An unrestricted license to practice nursing, an Associate Degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program, and a grade point average of 2.5 or better on all college work attempted are required to be eligible for consideration.

      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). Students who already hold a bachelors degree in another discipline, will be required to complete ENGL 102, STAT 211, PSYC 101, PSYC 241, and SOCA 101 (if not already taken) to fulfill the GEC requirements. Advisors will work with students to identify courses already appearing on the transcript that meet GEC requirements, and then develop a plan to fulfill any remaining requirements. For example:

      128 credits (minimum required to graduate)
      -50 undifferentiated nursing credits for RN license
        78 credits remaining

      -28 credits RN-BSN nursing courses (See program of study)
        50 general education credits remaining*

      *General education credits may be fulfilled by course work from associate degrees or other college work. For more information about General education Curricular Objectives; see link below. For more information about course equivalence please see the following website: Transfer Course Equivalency System.

    • WVU's Undergraduate General Education Curriculum

    • General Education Curricular Objectives

    • Academic Advising:

      All RN-BSN students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. Academic advisors are based at the home campus of each student. All students are required to meet with their academic advisor at the time of admission to develop a plan of study. The plan of study will guide course selection in the GEC and will guide timely progression through the nursing course work. Any change in progression must be processed through the advisor.

  • RN to MSN Admission Criteria

    For admission into the RN to MSN program the student must have the following:

    1. Associate Degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.

    2. Unrestricted license to practice nursing.

    3. Cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale.

    4. Satisfactory achievement on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

    5. Completion of the University's General Education Curriculum.

  • MSN Admission Criteria

    We now have an option for the BSN prepared nurse to apply to the DNP program, completing one of our MSN program tracks and proceeding directly to the DNP upon completion of the MSN. Qualified applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

    A bachelor of science degree in nursing is mandatory. Applicants may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. The specific provisions which must be met for progression to regular status will be noted in the admission letter.

    Once admitted, the student is assigned to a faculty advisor who provides guidance in curriculum and other academic matters. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and other essential resources.

    1. Satisfy WVU requirements for admission to graduate study.

    2. Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.

    3. Graduate Record Exam (GRE): For the GRE taken;
      GRE taken PRIOR TO August, 2011: a minimum score of 350 each on the verbal and quantitative, a total of the two sections of 800, and an analytical writing score of 3.0.
      GRE taken AFTER August, 2011: a minimum score of 143 on the verbal section, 138 on the quantitative section, a total of the two sections of 286, and an analytical writing score of 3.0.

      OR a minimum Miller Analogies Test score of 400.

    4. Have a current, unrestricted R.N. license in at least one state.

    5. Hold the degree of bachelor of science in nursing from a school of nursing program accredited by CCNE or NLNAC.

    6. Have completed 3 credits of undergraduate statistics equivalent to WVU Stats 211 and 3 credits of health assessment with a grade of C or better.

    7. Submit three letters of reference.

    8. Submit an essay describing how the MSN Program meets your professional goals (limited to two type-written, double-spaced pages).

  • DNP Admission Criteria

    The following criteria must be met for regular admission to graduate study in the WVU School of Nursing:

    1. Satisfy WVU requirements for admission to graduate study.

    2. Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the MSN degree.

    3. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  1. Have a current, unrestricted R.N. license in at least one state.

  2. Hold the degree of master of science in nursing from a school of nursing program accredited by CCNE or NLNAC.

  3. Hold advanced practice certification from a recognized national accreditation body in one of the following areas: Click Here for List

  4. Meet program pre-requisites including transcripted courses equivalent to WVU courses in:
    1. Advanced Pathophysiology

    2. Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

    3. Advanced Health Assessment

    4. Research Process

  5. Submit three letters of recommendation.  One recommendation must be from a former professor.
     
  6. Submit a writing sample answering the following question: Identify a clinical practice problem of interest to you.  How can the Essentials of Doctoral Education for Advanced Nursing Practice prepare you to address this clinical problem? Please limit your sample to two type-written, double-spaced pages.

A master of science degree in nursing is mandatory prior to matriculation. Applicants may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. The specific provisions which must be met for progression to regular status and the time by which they must be met will be noted in the admission letter.

Once admitted, the student is assigned to a faculty advisor who provides guidance in curriculum and other academic matters. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and other essential resources.


  • PhD Admission Criteria

    The following criteria will be used in determining admission to the program:

    1. Transcripts of B.S.N and M.S.N degrees from nationally accredited nursing programs.

    2. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 of 4 points in master's in nursing degree work.

    3. A competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

    4. Evidence of current registered nurse license.

    5. A grade of 'B' or higher in graduate statistics and research courses.

    6. Congruence between the applicant's career goals and program objectives; and between the applicant's research interests and those of the faculty.

    7. Example of scholarly work. This can be a paper from your masters work, an article you submitted, or some other professional writing.

       

  • Post MSN-NP Admission Criteria

    The following criteria must be met for admission to the Post-MSN Certificate Program in the WVU School of Nursing:

    1. Hold the degree of master of science in nursing from a nationally accredited school.

    2. Have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale on Master's degree work.

    3. Have a current, unrestricted R.N. license in at least one state.

    4. Submit three letters of reference.

    5. Submit a typewritten essay describing professional goals (limited to two type-written, double-spaced pages).

    Students in the Post-MSN certificate program must maintain a 3.0 GPA and earn satisfactory clinical ratings to progress.

    Once admitted, the student is assigned to a faculty advisor who provides guidance in required courses and other academic matters. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and other essential resources.