The BS-BA to BSN 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). Upon completion of the BSN, those graduates who wish to continue for the MSN apply for admission to that program. Exceptional students who wish to pursue the MSN while completing senior-level BSN courses will be considered on an individual basis.
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.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college work attempted.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the pre-requisite courses.
- Completion of each of the prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better, prior to enrollment.
- 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.
To be considered, applicants will be required to meet all WVU admission requirements in addition to program-specific admission criteria.
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.
Apply To WVU
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 July 1. All transcripts must be received no later than July 15. Applications are only available during this period.
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. The application and all supporting materials must be received by the deadline date.
In addition to your application, please complete the following Equivalency Courses 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 by mid-September. 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.
Contact info for Director of Admissions and Enrollment:
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 BS/BA-BSN program regarding course registration and orientation.