University of Charleston

University of Charleston

Beckley ADN

Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN)

  • Duration

    16 Months

  • Format


  • Location

    Charleston and Beckley

Program Overview

Our unique hybrid Associate Degree of Nursing program prepares you for a career as a registered professional nurse. Embark on a transformative journey that propels you into the coveted realm of registered professional nursing. Brace yourself for an industry that hungers for your expertise, as the demand for skilled nurses reaches unprecedented heights. This program is strategically developed to meet the diverse health care needs of our communities.

Harness the power of over half a century of nursing education excellence as we equip you with the indispensable knowledge and refined skills required to deliver unparalleled, compassionate nursing care.

nursing student in scrubs looking down

Freshman applicants with a 2.0 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA are eligible for general admission to UC. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

  1. Students must gain full admission to the University of Charleston before applying for admission to the ADN Program.
  2. Admission into the ADN Program occurs by application. Applicants must be academically admissible or re-admissible.
  3. GPA: 2.0 cumulative average.
  4. Must earn a “C” or higher in all requiredPre-requisite courses. Required Pre-requisite courses are BIOL 212/212L, PSYC 212, ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.
  5. The student will be required to take the TEAS examination and score a minimum of 60% or higher to be eligible to apply to the program. There can be a total of 3 TEAS testing attempts between January and December, and a 60-day waiting period must occur between each attempt. Read more information related to the TEAS exam. For a full listing of specific dates and times at both locations, and to register, see the registration site.
  6. Students wanting to prepare for the TEAS exam before testing may order a study guide from
  7. A copy of your high school transcript, diploma, GED, or TASC.


ADN selection is a competitive process in which applicants are scored on their cumulative college/university GPA, their TEAS score, and holding health care licensure (e.g. EMT or LPN license). Applicants are ranked by their total scores and cohort seats are offered to the top scoring applicants until the cohort is full or the number of qualified applicants is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Please submit your completed application and required documents to:
University of Charleston Admission Office

  • Attention: Matthew Groves – Charleston Campus
  • Attention: Andrew Currence – Beckley Location


Admission Notification

We will respond to your application with an email of decision after the admission committee’s review of the candidates.

Download the ADN UC Nursing Application

Nursing Student Handbook Transfer

Schedule for Consideration into the ADN Program

  • Fall Semester | the 4th Wednesday in May 
  • Spring Semester | the 2nd Wednesday in September 
  • Summer Semester | the 4th Wednesday in January

Note: Only applications received by the published deadline will be guaranteed a review. However, if seats remain in a cohort after the application deadline, additional applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all seats are filled

Transfer Nursing Students

To be considered for admission, a transfer nursing student must refer to the Nursing Student Handbook for Nursing Student Transfer Policy Requirements and submit the following requirements:

  • Confirmation of your acceptance as a student to UC*
  • A copy of all of your previous college/university transcripts*
  • A copy of your high school diploma, GED or TASC*
  • Transfer equivalency from the UC Admissions Office with verification of a 2.0 cumulative transfer grade point average
  • A copy of your score on the Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS), applicants must achieve a minimum TEAS score of a 60% or higher
  • Visit our general transfer admission requirements page to learn more.

*Must complete UC general admission requirements with UC Admissions Office before submission of this application.

Please submit your completed application and required documents to:
University of Charleston Admission Office

  • Attention: Timothy Maloney


Evaluation of Credits

The ADN Department of Nursing reserves the right to evaluate all transfer credits. Additional departmental testing may be required to determine student proficiency and placement. Transfer students enrolled in the ADN program MUST complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at the University of Charleston and complete all program requirements. All transfer students must be able to complete the program within 150% of the time the first nursing course was taken.

Program Highlights

  • Offered in a hybrid format, this 16-month program caters to the non-traditional student. Classes and clinical are held every other weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) with online course work throughout the week.

  • Student cohorts accepted three times a year (fall, spring and summer).

  • Premiere health care facilities utilized for on-going experiences.

  • Our faculty offer professional nursing expertise in diverse healthcare settings.

Program Outcomes

  • NCLEX-RN Exam

    The curriculum is designed to prepare you to succeed on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).


    We’ve graduated more than 3,000 nurses over our more than 50 years in nursing education.

  • Program Completion Rates

    2022 – 63%

    2021 -72.3%


    Program Pass Rates

    2023 – 83% (as of July 2023)

    2022– 86.5%

    2021- 83.1%

    2020- 88.5%

Additional Information

What is the typical duration for completing an Associate Degree in Nursing?

The duration of the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program can vary depending on factors like transfer credits and how many courses you complete each semester. Typically, the ADN program is comprised of four semesters. However, the exact timeline may be influenced by factors such as full-time or part-time enrollment, prerequisites, and any potential breaks in the program. If you have questions around the timeline, we encourage you to speak with a University of Charleston admissions representative to get accurate information on the duration and program requirements.

What licensure can I obtain with an ADN?

After successful completion of the ADN program and all state nursing licensure board requirements, a student with an ADN is eligible for an RN (Registered Nurse) license.

What types of classes will I take while earning my Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)?

While pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), you can expect to undertake a variety of classes that cover a broad range of essential nursing topics. These classes are designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to excel in the nursing profession. The classes will aim to provide you with a comprehensive foundation in nursing theory and practice.

What is the difference between a BSN and ADN?

The main difference between a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) lies in the level of education and the scope of coursework. A BSN is a four-year degree program that provides a comprehensive education with a broader focus on nursing theory, research, leadership, and community health. The ADN is a 16-month program and emphasizes basic nursing skills and clinical training. Both pathways lead to becoming a registered nurse (RN) and help guide you into a new role in healthcare.

The Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program at the University of Charleston is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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


The ADN 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)

The Associate Degree nursing program at the University of Charleston at the Charleston Campus located in Charleston, West Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the ADN nursing program is Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.

The Associate Degree nursing program at the University of Charleston at the Beckley Campus located in Beckley, West Virginia is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA
(404) 975-5000
The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate Degree nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program at

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