• Nursing (BSN)


    Why UC

    NCLEX-RN passage rate above state and national average.

    Nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

    More than 50 years’ experience educating over 3,000 nurses.

    State of the art facilities, including assessment lab, skills lab and simulation lab on campus help you practice your skills.

    Clinical experiences in the state’s only Level I trauma center and the only free standing Women’s and Children’s hospital.

    Several premier health care facilities are less than ten minutes from campus, for high quality clinical rotations.

    Revised nursing curriculum based on current standards and evidence-based practices.

    Ranked #3 out of 26 registered nursing programs in West Virginia by registerednursing.org.


    The Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Charleston is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    230 South LaSalle Street
    Chicago, IL 60604

    The (BSN) program is fully accredited by:

    The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
    90 MacCorkle Avenue Ave., SW
    Suite 203
    South Charleston, WV 25303
    1-877-743-NURS (6877)

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
    Atlanta, GA 30326




    About Nursing (BSN)

    Today, being a nurse is more challenging than ever. But it is also just as rewarding. And if you have nursing as a future career goal, our program offers a solid educational base for career mobility, graduate education and further academic study.

    At UC, we have been educating nurses for over 50 years, and have graduated over 3,000 nurses in that time. We not only offer an exceptional program to help you reach your goals, but can provide support, opportunities for skill development, and outstanding clinical rotation experiences at several different health care facilities (including a trauma center, women and children’s hospital, teaching hospital, and more).

    BSN Nursing Students

    What You'll Learn

    In addition to classroom work, you will use state of the art equipment and technology in your course of study, providing opportunities to practice your skills in a low stress, simulated environment before caring for real patients.

    The (BSN) program consists of 121 credits, including 62 credits of Nursing and 58 credits of non-nursing courses. You will graduate with knowledge and training in a variety of healthcare options, including medical/surgical, nursing research, mental health, obstetrics, pediatrics, preventive care, and more. Best of all, you will be well skilled to create a great future in healthcare, to follow your path, wherever you choose to practice.


    • Admission Requirements

      Admission Criteria

      In order to qualify for admission into the BSN program, students are required to complete an application and meet the following criteria by the third Wednesday in March.

      1. Students must gain full admission to the University of Charleston prior to applying for admission to the BSN Program.
      2. Admission into the BSN Program occurs by application prior to the beginning of the sophomore course sequence. Applicants must be academically admissible or re-admissible.
      3. GPA: 2.5 cumulative average.
      4. Must earn a “C” or higher in all required freshman level courses.
      5. The student will be required to take the TEAS examination with a passing score of 60% or greater as required for acceptance to the Capito Department of Nursing programs. If the student is unsuccessful, then a 60 day waiting period must occur before the second attempt is made. There can be a total of 3 TEAS testing attempts between January and December, with a minimum 60 day waiting period between all attempts. There is preparation available on the ATI testing site (https://atitesting.com/teas-events.aspx), as well as self-remediation. The Capito Department of Nursing will offer a TEAS preparation course (8-week session) to assist the student with TEAS assessment. This course is not required by the department; however, is highly recommended for those who may be unsuccessful on the first attempt or those looking to improve his or her individual score.
      6. A copy of your high school transcript, diploma, GED or TASC.
      7. Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam prior to testing may order a study guide from http://www.atitesting.com. TEAS exams are scheduled by the University of Charleston Capito Department of Nursing located on the 4th floor of Riggleman Hall, and may be contacted at 304-357-4979. Information related to the TEAS exam is published on the following site: http://www.ucwv.edu/Academics/Services-Programs/Academic-Success-Center/Standardized-Testing/TEAS/
      8. 8. Complete the required freshman level courses.

      All applications are reviewed by the BSN Admissions Committee. Please submit your completed application and required documents to:

      Suzanne Summers, BA
      Administrative Assistant, BSN Program
      University of Charleston
      2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE Suite 400
      Charleston, WV 25304

      Transfer Nursing Students

      Students currently enrolled in an accredited nursing program, who are requesting to transfer to UC must submit an application and all required documents by July 2nd.

      In order to be considered for admission, a transfer nursing student must submit the following requirements:

      • confirmation of your admission as a student to UC*
      • an official copy of all of your previous college/university transcripts*
      • an official copy of your high school diploma, GED or TASC*
      • transfer equivalency from the UC admissions office with verification of a 2.75 cumulative transfer grade point average
      • a copy of your score on the Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS)
      • visit our general transfer admission requirements page to learn more

      *must complete UC general admission requirements with UC Admissions Office prior to submission of this application.

      Please submit your completed application and required documents to:

      Suzanne Summers, BA
      Administrative Assistant, BSN Program
      University of Charleston
      2300 MacCorkle Avenue, SE Suite 400
      Charleston, WV 25304

      Evaluation of Credits

      The BSN Department of Nursing reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits. Additional departmental testing may be required to determine proficiency and placement. The BSN faculty will assess competency levels for placement in the program. Students who transfer into the BSN program MUST complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at the University. All transfer students must be able to complete the program within 150% of time the first nursing course was taken.

      Admission Notification

      We will respond to your application with a letter of decision within no more than two weeks from the application deadline.



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    Nursing (BSN) Application

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    Nursing Student Handbook

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    Fact Sheet

    Download the Nursing (BSN) Fact Sheet

    Find out more about this program by downloading our Fact Sheet – a brief view of what our program is all about.

    Curriculum & Course Catalog

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    Learn more about the course, curriculum, admission requirements, and graduation requirements.


    Student Achievement Data


    Pass Rates

    • 2018 – 100%
    • 2017 – 96.15%
    • 2016 – 95.24%

    Employment Rates

    • 2018 - 100%
    • 2017 - 100%
    • 2016 - 100%

    Completion Rates

    • 2018 - 98%
    • 2017 - 91%
    • 2016 - 91%


    Program Faculty

    Pamela Alderman
    Pamela L. Alderman
    EdD, MSN, RN

    Chair and Director Capito Department of Nursing

    Amy F. Bruce
    Amy F. Bruce
    MSN, RN, NE-BC

    Associate Director of Nursing


    Kimberly Dotson
    Kimberly Dotson
    MSN, RN


    Kaylynn Johnson
    Kaylynn Johnson

    Enrollment Specialist

    MacKenzie Lanham
    MacKenzie Lanham
    MSN, BS, RN

    Instructor Freshmen Advisor


    Melissa Layne
    Melissa Layne
    MSN, RN

    Assistant Professor, Clinical Coordinator

    Jessica Hensley
    Jessica Hensley
    MSN, RN, FNP-C


    Ellen Strother
    Ellen Strother
    MSN, RN

    Assistant Professor


    Ashley Williams
    Ashley Williams
    MSN, RN, CEN

    Assistant Professor, Assistant Director/Coordinator of Curriculum

    Amy Hoyer
    Amy Hoyer
    BSN, RN

    Simulation Clinical Coordinator

    Suzanne Summers
    Suzanne Summers

    Administrative Assistant


    Anita Angel
    Anita Angel

    Administrative Assistant to the Dean