Application Information

The ABSN program is an accelerated program for college graduates who wish to become a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing. It is designed for full time study. After 18 months of continuous enrollment, successful students obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are eligible to take the licensing examination for registered professional nurse (RN).

A new cohort of students begin this program in January on the first day of the spring semester. Applications are reviewed in September for the cohort that begins the following January.


  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.
  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the pre-requisite courses.
  4. Completion of each of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better, prior to enrollment. Students who are completing certain prerequisite courses may be offered admission; however, the offer will be rescinded if the courses are not completed prior to the first day of classes.
  5. Recommended, but not required for admission: For applicants with science courses (Human Anatomy, Human Physiology) completed greater than 7 years ago, review of the 3rd Edition Pocket Anatomy & Physiology by Shirley A. Jones (ISBN-13:  978-0803656581) is recommended for those who do not have a strong background in these courses.

Applicants with a GPA of below 3.0 may be considered for provisional admission on a case-by-case basis. Consideration for provisional admission may include the number of seats available in the program and the number of hours completed in previous degree programs. Once admitted, students must maintain a program GPA of at least 3.0. Students who do not maintain a program GPA of at least 3.0 will be placed on academic notice for one semester. Students who do not raise their program GPA to at least 3.0 after one semester on academic notice will be dismissed from the WVU SON.

To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.

Note: Students who have been dismissed from any nursing program (WVU or otherwise) are ineligible for admission to any of the WVU BSN programs; however, students who have received degrees or additional credentialing post-academic dismissal from a nursing program are eligible for admission to the BS/BA to RN, RN to BSN, or graduate programs provided that they meet all other admission requirements and based on space available. Students who have withdrawn from the WVU SON may be considered for readmission and may apply in accordance with guidelines and criteria found in the undergraduate handbook.


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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 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.

The application period for the Spring term will open on March 1 and close on October 1. All transcripts must be received no later than October 15. Applications are only available during this period and will be evaluated on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.

Applicants who completed prior education outside of the U.S. may be asked to provide course syllabi, and/or have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) by requesting a “course-by-course” International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP).

Please be advised that seats are limited on each campus and may reach capacity early in the application period. Additional students will be waitlisted and/or offered seats on an alternate campus if available.

Two Campuses. One Choice. One Application.

The BSN program is available on two campuses: Morgantown and Bridgeport and we've made it easy to apply to the campus of your choice. Simply submit one application per term for the BSN program and your one campus preference. (Submitting multiple applications for the same term to different campuses may cause a processing delay in your application.)

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Applications must be submitted electronically using the Application for Undergraduate Admission above. Nonrefundable application fee must also be paid. Official college transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly from the institution to the WVU Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown WV 26506 or via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to Please note, if you are a current or former WVU student, you do not need to have transcripts sent from the Morgantown, Beckley, or Keyser campuses. The application and all supporting materials must be received by the deadline date.

In addition to your application, please complete the following Course Equivalency Form (PDF) and submit via e-mail as an attachment.

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Applicants accepted to the program can expect to receive an acceptance letter after the application has been processed and evaluated by the department. Specific information regarding completion of degree, overall grade point average, receipt of official transcripts and date for confirmation of seat in the program will be outlined in the acceptance letter. The acceptance letter also will provide information of forthcoming clinical requirements and required background check that must be completed by the specified date to keep your seat in the program.

In programs with limited capacity and competitive admissions, the most qualified students are selected among those that meet the minimum requirements. Students who want to appeal the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Committee decision as unfair, arbitrary, or capricious may contact the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for the School of Nursing. The request will be forwarded to the committee for consideration, and the student will receive detailed information regarding the formal appeal process.

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Accepted students will receive an email by mid-October from the Office of Student Services with details regarding criminal background check, immunization requirements, CPR certification, uniform and clinical equipment, laptop program information, required School of Nursing forms and information on mandatory laptop orientation. Students also will receive information under separate cover from the course coordinator for the ABSN program regarding course registration and orientation.