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West Virginia University (School of Nursing)

We are excited to be involved with our colleagues in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in implementing a vision for health care in the 21st century, founded in WVU's history of excellence and service, with true social responsibility. Nursing faculty and students are bringing nurses, nursing education and research, and advanced practice health care to serve the public in both urban and rural areas. Over 80 % of our graduates stay in-state, meeting the nursing workforce needs of West Virginia.

The WVU School of Nursing remains committed to providing the highest levels of undergraduate professional nursing education, while expanding opportunities for graduate education. Our MSN program continues to prepare nurse practitioners for WV with faculty who are experts in using technology with "high touch" skills. Additionally this year we are launching two new doctoral programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - the highest level of nursing practice, and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for nurses desiring a research career. Our programs are committed to building access with success throughout the state - regional campus support for undergraduates, totally online MSN and DNP programs, and a summer option for the PhD.

We have a Student Advisory Council to the Dean to which one of you will be elected to serve and represent your class. This will provide an opportunity for us to share information and problem solve as needed. I maintain an open door policy and you and your classmates are invited to stop in to see me with your comments and suggestions. Appointments give us more time to talk but are not essential.

In the spring of 1999 the School received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which will be effective until 2009. We will begin our self-study process this year and you will have an opportunity to participate. This accreditation applies to all WVU School of Nursing programs on all campuses. We are proud of this recognition by the CCNE for it is a strong indicator of the excellent quality of our programs. In addition, our undergraduate program is approved by the State Board of Examiners annually.


The mission of the West Virginia University School of Nursing is to serve the people of West Virginia and larger society through education, research, and service, including Faculty Practice. This mission is responsive to changing health care needs and emerging national and state changes in technology and health care delivery and is enhanced by a supportive and open environment. The faculty’s educational effort is directed to providing high quality student-centered programs of instruction at all levels which prepare superb professional nurses to meet basic health care needs; advanced practice nurses to address complex health needs; and doctorally educated nurses to advance nursing knowledge through research; to assist in the formulation of policies to improve health care; and to serve as faculty in higher degree programs. Unique characteristics of the state mandate that the health care needs of rural populations and vulnerable groups be a major focus of education, research and service, including Faculty Practice.


West Virginia University School of Nursing seeks to provide excellent, student-centered educational programs which address core competencies/elements in all programs and meet the changing needs of the communities of interest served.

West Virginia University School of Nursing seeks to increase scholarship, including funded research and peer-reviewed publications in order to benefit those we serve.

West Virginia University School of Nursing seeks to increase the School’s service activity in professional organizations, academe, practice, and continuing education in order to benefit those we serve.

Organizational Leadership:
West Virginia University School of Nursing seeks to maintain an organizational structure, which uses creative leadership in the attainment of high quality outcomes and effective use of resources.


Undergraduate education in nursing prepares graduates to begin professional nursing practice and provides a foundation for graduate education in nursing. Upon completion of the baccalaureate curriculum, the nurse can practice in a variety of settings and with patients across the life span. The graduate uses skills to maintain, restore, or improve health states of patients, and applies leadership theory to effect change. The baccalaureate graduate uses a conceptual base to evaluate and modify the nursing role in relation to patient needs and expectations and is prepared to support efforts in expanding nursing knowledge.

The baccalaureate program (BSN) accommodates both high school and college students who aspire to a career in nursing (basic students), registered nurses (RN) who are licensed graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs and want to continue their career development and also college graduates with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor or Science in other disciplines who want to complete a BSN Degree.

BSN students may enroll on the Morgantown Campus for the entire program, or take the Freshman and Sophomore years at Potomac State College and complete the Junior and Senior years at the WVU Morgantown Campus. The entire program is also offered at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVUIT). Students may also take the Freshman and Sophomore years at Glenville State College and complete the Junior and Senior years at WVUIT. The BS/BA to BSN students are enrolled on the Morgantown campus.

Registered nurses (RN) can complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree in nursing at the Morgantown Campus, the Charleston Campus, WVUIT, Glenville State College, and West Virginia University: Parkersburg (WVU-P). At the sites all required non-nursing courses are earned in institutions of higher learning in the respective locations. Credit may be earned by enrollment, College Level Examination Program, and advanced standing examination available in the particular institution. Nursing courses are offered at a rate of four to eleven credit hours per semester and are scheduled to provide opportunity for completion of degree requirements in one year. RN/BSN courses are available via web courses.

As a part of the West Virginia University System’s commitment to the West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships (WVRHEP) program and health care for all West Virginians, all health sciences students in the state supported schools are required to complete a rural rotation of three months as a part of degree requirements. Nursing students complete this rotation at a designated WVRHEP site during their senior year.

School name:West Virginia UniversitySchool of Nursing
Address:Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, P.O. Box 9600
Zip & city:WV 26506-9600 West Virginia
Phone:(304) 293-1386

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School of Nursing Courses

Health promotion and risk reduction; data collection; cultural diversity; values that contribute to health; interpersonal communication in promoting professional relationships.

Sophomore standing or consent. Human responses that promote health throughout the life span; individual health assessment.

Critical thinking in application of the nursing process in individuals with altered mobility, comfort, or potential infection; health protection, promotion and maintenance interventions.

Enhances student understanding of human responses to minor deviations in health throughout the life span; professional role in health restoration; critical thinking; family health assessment.
Critical thinking in the application of the nursing process to individuals with minor deviations in health protection, health restoration and health promotion/maintenance.

An emphasis on the professional nursing role in health promotion and restoration, which enhances the student’s understanding of human responses to health promotion activities and minor health deviations throughout the lifespan.

Clinical practicum with focus on critical thinking in application of the nursing process to individuals and families with minor deviations in health. Emphasis is on health protections, restoration, promotion, and maintenance.

Focus is on the human response to physiological system dysfunction. The emphasis is on the professional nursing role in complex physiological health restoration for children.

Nursing interventions specific to human responses to pediatric problems. Emphasis on advanced independent and collaborative nursing activities.

This course examines selected ethical and legal issues that arise as the professional nurse manages nursing care for individual, family, and group systems. Ethical decision making is emphasized.

The focus is on the human response to physiological system dysfunction. Emphasis is on professional nursing role in complex physiological health restoration for adults.

Emphasis on advanced independent and collaborative nursing activities.

Nursing interventions specific to human response to multiple psychosocial system dysfunctions and family adaptations. Emphasis on advanced independent and collaborative nursing activities.

Human response to adaptations of the childbearing family. Emphasis on professional role in caring for childbearing families.

Focus is on nursing interventions specific to human responses related to individuals and families experiencing child-bearing adaptation. Emphasis is on advanced independent and collaborative nursing activities.

Normal psychosocial functions change as a result of altered health; integration of developmental changes and preventive aspects of health.

Comprehensive, in-depth assessment of the client’s health status, health patterns, physical examination and health history. Interviewing techniques including taped interactions and accurate recording of data for clients across the life span.

Principles of pharmacology emphasizing nursing role in accurate drug administration and patient assessment. Pharmacological management is analyzed in conjunction with Pathophysiology. Particular emphasis is on patient/family teaching of pharmacological goals in order to maximize health potential.

Emphasis on professional nursing role in supporting individual/family/group responses to acute life threatening situations involving vulnerable populations; focus is on nursing role in providing care to unstable individuals/families/groups.

The professional’s role in creating and managing the health care milieu. Focus is on the nurse manager role and interventions in support of the client/family experiencing acute or long-term health problems.

Professional nursing role in supporting human responses to acute, life-threatening situations involving identified vulnerable populations; focus is on therapeutic nursing interventions specific to aid human responses of individuals with physiologic instability and their families.

Community Health Nursing processes, with emphasis on the professional nursing role in the assessment of community health needs and identification of health action potential.

Professional nursing role in dealing with advanced clinical problems in health promotion and disease prevention in vulnerable population groups. Emphasis is on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving in health care.

Emphasis on the collaborative role of the nurse in assisting communities to develop and implement plans for health promotion/risk reduction across the life span. Focus is on vulnerable populations.

Synthesis of theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in undergraduate nursing career. Emphasizes critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and civic responsibility in the design and implementation of a service-learning project addressing a community health need.

Theory, concepts and methods of the research process intended to provide a basic understanding that is necessary for intelligent consumership of research findings.

Focus is on achievement of professional success by preparing for RN licensure. Preparation for NCLEX will be the focus of this course by enhancing NCLEX testing skills. This course is taken during the last semester of the BSN program.

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