Nursing

Nursing (BSN)

We are excited to announce that the West Virginia University School of Nursing (WVUSON) has received provisional accreditation (pending a site visit) from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to offer its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program here on the Potomac State campus.  The WVU School of Nursing is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  The facility to house the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is currently under construction at the J. Edward Kelley Complex and will admit its first class of sophomores in fall of 2018. 

Students accepted for admission into the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program will follow the same student handbook, curriculum, and progression plan as students on the Morgantown campus, but will be able to complete all four years here at Potomac State.  Students admitted to the nursing program will have opportunities to learn in a smart classroom, practice skills and critical reasoning/action in state-of-the-art simulation labs, and gain hands-on experience in many clinical facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and community agencies.  The curriculum includes courses in humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, and nursing science; these courses are taken in conjunction with clinical nursing courses. Students apply their learning to client, family, and community situations that warrant nursing intervention.  In keeping with the University's commitment to improving health care for all West Virginians, nursing students complete a rural clinical practice experience during their senior year.  Throughout the nursing program, students also complete 100 hours of community service.

The School of Nursing’s vision, mission, and values will be modeled by faculty, reflected in the teaching-learning process, and expected by students.  Throughout all academic and clinical experiences, students and faculty will focus on five core competencies that provide the framework for the BSN curriculum: Critical thinking, nursing intervention, professional role, caring, and communication.

Acceptance into the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is competitive and spaces are limited – only 24 students will be admitted every fall.  There are two main types of admission: Direct and Pre-Nursing.  Transfer students from other colleges or universities may be eligible for admission.  While the School of Nursing has various options on the Morgantown campus, including RN to BSN, those options are not available on the Potomac State campus. 

Direct Admission to the BSN Program

Direct admission to the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program is for high school students coming in as first-time freshmen.  It is based on a combination of cumulative high school GPA and ACT or SAT scores.  The deadline for application as a Direct Admit student is May 1 of the year the student wishes to be enrolled.  A Direct Admit BSN program applicant must meet the following criteria:

High School GPA

ACT

SAT

3.8 or Higher

26 Composite AND 22 Math

1190 Combined Critical Reading and Math OR

1260 EBRW and Math (2016 and Later) AND

540/570 (2016 and Later) Math

3.6 – 3.79

28 Composite AND 22 Math

1260 Combined Critical Reading and Math OR

1320 EBRW and Math (2016 and Later) AND

540/570 (2016 and Later) Math


Applicants not meeting these criteria may be admitted to Potomac State College as a Pre-Nursing major and may be eligible for admission after one semester of college coursework.

Steps to apply to our BSN nursing program as a Direct Admit Applicant:

  1. Confirm that you meet the Direct Admit GPA and ACT/SAT requirements.
  2. Note that the deadline for Direct Admit application is May 1. 
  3. Complete the Potomac State College application .  Be sure to submit your official high school transcript, college transcripts for work completed in high school (if applicable), and ACT/SAT scores.  Transcripts/Scores must be official, may be in paper or electronic format, and must be submitted to the Potomac State Office of Enrollment Services.  An application must be complete, including all documents, to be considered for admission. 
  4. Direct Admit students admitted to the program will be notified by e-mail, usually in later May.
  5. All students accepted for admission to the BSN nursing program must attend an orientation session before they begin nursing classes in the sophomore year.  Students will receive information about this in a welcome letter sent out by e-mail, usually in May.
  6. All sophomore, junior, and senior nursing students must participate in the laptop program (See Laptop Program below).

Pre-Nursing Admission to the BSN Program

Those who do not meet the direct admission criteria, Pre-Nursing students, and other college majors may apply for admission to the WVUSON Potomac State BSN program after one semester of college coursework.  Applications are accepted from December 1 through January 15 each year.  A Pre-Nursing BSN program applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all college coursework attempted; and
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the prerequisite coursework; and
  • Completion of each of the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment:

English Composition – ENG 101 (3 credits)

Intro to Psychology – PSYC 101 (3 credits)

Intro to Nursing – NSG 100 (2 credits)

College Algebra – MATH 126 (3 credits)

Chemistry with lab – CHEM 111 or 115 (4 credits)

Chemistry with lab – CHEM 112 or 116 (4 credits)

General Biology with lab – BIOL 102/104 (4 credits)

Anatomy and Physiology – PSIO 107 or BIOL 230 (4 credits)

Note: Statistics is in the Pre-Nursing/Freshman progression plan, but is not a prerequisite for admission to sophomore year. 

Steps to apply to our BSN program as a Pre-Nursing Applicant:

  1. Confirm that you meet the overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, and prerequisite coursework requirements.
  2. Note that the deadline for application is January 15; applicants have until January 31 to get all documents (transcripts and ACT/SAT scores) submitted.    
  3. Complete the Potomac State College application.   Be sure to submit your official high school transcript, college transcripts for all previous work completed, and ACT/SAT scores.  Transcripts/ Scores must be official, may be in paper or electronic format, and must be submitted to the Potomac State Office of Enrollment Services.  An application must be complete, including all documents, to be considered for admission.   Note: If you are currently a Potomac State College student, skip Step 3; you do not have to reapply to the college.
  4. Complete the School of Nursing Potomac State application (pending; check back December 1).  An application must be complete to be considered for admission.  
  5. Pre-Nursing students admitted to the BSN nursing program are notified by e-mail, usually in April.
  6. All students accepted for admission to the BSN nursing program must attend an orientation session before they begin nursing classes in the sophomore year.  Students will receive information about this in a welcome letter sent out by e-mail, usually in May.
  7. All sophomore, junior, and senior nursing students must participate in the laptop program (see Laptop Program below).

Laptop Program

All students entering the BSN program at the sophomore level must participate in the WVU Health Sciences Student Computer Program.  As part of this program, BSN nursing students will have access to computer resources to assist them in their studies, including a personal notebook computer, software, access to the Internet and resources within the college/university, and onsite and online computer support from WVU and PSC Information Technology Services (ITS) staff.  Direct Admit Freshman and Pre-Nursing students do not participate in the Computer Program until they are enrolled in the first semester of nursing courses in the sophomore year.

The laptop to be distributed is chosen by the School based on feedback provided by nursing students, faculty, and members of the Health Sciences Student Computer Committee.  The computer will cost each nursing student a one-time payment in full at the beginning of the first semester in which the student enters the nursing program, with the laptop being retained by the student upon graduation.  The fee will be a separate line item on the student’s account and will be in addition to the tuition and fees.  The cost of this required program is a recognized educational requirement and is included in financial aid calculations.

The laptop is used for testing and completion of coursework in most of the nursing courses throughout the BSN curriculum.  In order to better serve our students, the ITS department provides computer support on testing days should the need arise.  For this reason, it is not possible for students to bring their own MacBook product.  Each student entering the BSN program is required to participate in the Student Computer Program. 

The cost for the 2017-2018 academic year is $1,756.00 and includes the Apple MacBook Air 13 notebook, a three-year warranty and insurance, onsite and online ITS support, ITS loaner program, MS Office Suite and anti-virus software installed, USB hard drive for backup, privacy screen, and carrying sleeve.

Contact Us

For questions or more information about the WVU School of Nursing Potomac State BSN program, please contact:

April L. Shapiro, PhD, RN
BSN Program Chairperson and Assistant Professor
West Virginia University School of Nursing: Potomac State Department
Student Health Center, Office 1
101 Fort Avenue
Keyser, West Virginia 26726
(304) 788 – 7175
ashapiro@hsc.wvu.edu