WVU School of Nursing BSN Program receives final approval to offer four-year nursing degree on Keyser campus

The WVU School of Nursing received final approval from the WV Board of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on the WVU Potomac State College campus in Keyser, W.Va. Pictured on the day of the site visit from left are: Linda Shroyer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Nursing Instructor; Robin Lewis, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Director for the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses; Rachel Raschella, BS, nursing program assistant; Lisa Onega, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academics; Sue Painter, DNP, RN, Executive Director of the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses; Gail O’Malley, MSN, RN, nursing consultant; and April Shapiro, PhD, RN, Nursing Program Chair. Beginning in fall 2018, students can complete the four-year degree entirely on the Keyser campus.

 

The WVU School of Nursing received final approval from the WV Board of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree on the WVU Potomac State College campus in Keyser, W.Va. Pictured on the day of the site visit from left are: Linda Shroyer, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Nursing Instructor; Robin Lewis, EdD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Director for the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses; Rachel Raschella, BS, nursing program assistant; Lisa Onega, PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Academics; Sue Painter, DNP, RN, Executive Director of the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses; Gail O’Malley, MSN, RN, nursing consultant; and April Shapiro, PhD, RN, Nursing Program Chair. Beginning in fall 2018, students can complete the four-year degree entirely on the Keyser campus.  

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – As the result of a required review and site visit by the West Virginia Board of Nursing, the WVU School of Nursing received final approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at West Virginia University’s (WVU) Potomac State College (PSC) campus.

The four year-academic program will be offered starting this fall.

“Receiving the final approval from the WV Board of Nursing indicates our nursing program on the Keyser campus meets the highest approval standing,” said Tara Hulsey, Dean of the School of Nursing and Vice President of Health Promotion and Wellness, WVU. “Regardless of the WVU campus our nursing students attend, they can be confident knowing they will receive the same outstanding education and clinical instruction.”

“This approval from the WV Board of Nursing was the final step before we open the doors to our new WVU School of Nursing,” said April Shapiro PhD, RN, BSN Chairperson for the Keyser campus. “Receiving this endorsement is a reflection of the high-quality work our new nursing faculty and staff will provide our students.”

Nursing students will be part of a 24-student cohort with all classes for the four-year degree available on the Keyser campus.

Students will also have the benefit of learning in a state-of-the-art skills lab and simulation facility where they will practice patient care in a multitude of healthcare scenarios. Classrooms and laboratories will be located in a wing of the J. Edward Kelley Center.

“In bringing WVU’s BSN program to the Potomac State College campus, we are addressing the need in the region and the state for additional, highly-qualified, and well-trained healthcare providers,” said Potomac State College President  Jennifer Orlikoff . “We are looking forward to welcoming our first cohort of students into the program this coming fall and we anticipate that they will find every success.”

 The curriculum in the first year includes classes in biological, physical, and social sciences as well as the humanities. Upon completion of all pre-requisite classes, students will take six semesters of clinical nursing classes, along with completing a rural clinical practice during their senior year.

About the WVU School of Nursing

The West Virginia University School of Nursing offers its programs on the WVU campuses located in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser and Morgantown. The School has a nearly 94% passing rate for first time test-takers of the NCLEX-RN; a 100% pass rate for the ANCC certification exam for both FNP and PNP programs; a nearly 100% job placement rate and receives more than $1.75 million in research awards and grants.  The School’s online graduate program was ranked 51st nationwide in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Program rankings.

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