BS/BA to Bachelor of Science

The BS/BA to BSN program is an accelerated program for college graduates who wish to become a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing. The program, offered on the Morgantown and Bridgeport campuses, is designed for full-time study. 

After 18 months of continuous enrollment, successful students obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and are eligible to take the licensing examination for the registered professional nurse (RN). Upon completion of the BSN, those graduates who wish to continue for the MSN can apply for admission through the MSN program.

Throughout the academic and clinical experiences, students will focus on the five core competencies that provide the framework for the BS/BA to BSN curriculum, including critical thinking, nursing interventions, professional role, caring, and communication which are outlined in more detail in our Student Handbook

A new cohort of students begins this program in January on the first day of spring semester. Applications are reviewed in September for the cohort that begins the following January.

BS/BA-BSN Progression Plan

The BS/BA-BSN Program is a five consecutive semester program with ONLY a spring term start. Please view the progression plan for more information.

Bridgeport Campus Progression Plan

Simulation Experience

We offer students the chance to learn in two state-of-the-art simulation facilities, which provide the opportunity for students to practice care of the patient without fear of jeopardizing patient safety.

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HSC Student Laptop Computer Program

As a student entering the BS/BA-BSN program at the WVU School of Nursing, you will be among a group of students participating in the WVU Health Sciences Student Computer Program*. You will have access to computer resources to assist you in your studies, including a personal laptop computer, software, access to the Internet and to resources within the University, and on-site computer support.

The laptop to be distributed is chosen by the School based on current nursing student feedback, faculty input and members of the Health Sciences Student Laptop Committee. This computer will cost each 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 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 as well as completion of course work in many of the nursing courses throughout the BSN curriculum. In order to better serve our students, the HSC ITS department provides on-site computer support day of testing should the need arise. For this reason, it is not possible for students to bring their own MacBook product and each student entering into the BSN program is required to participate in the Health Sciences Student Laptop Computer Program.

The cost for the 2021-2022 academic year is $1947.00 for an Apple MacBook with a three-year warranty and insurance, onsite IT support, IT loaner program, MS Office Suite and anti-virus software installed, USB hard drive for backup, privacy screen and carrying sleeve.

For more information, please view the HSC ITS laptop support page.

*Please speak with representatives at the Beckley, Bridgeport, and Keyser locations regarding laptop requirements as they may differ from the Morgantown campus. 

Information Request

Our Student Services staff will be glad to answer your questions in person, by phone or by e-mail. Please fill out the information request form and someone will be in touch!

Want to learn more about our BS/BA to BSN program? Watch this recording from a recent virtual open house:

BS/BA to BSN Virtual Open House
Brenna Lansden.

Nursing was a second career for me. Prior to receiving my BSN, I was a news anchor and a public relations professional. I’ve always wanted to help make a positive impact within Appalachia, but wasn’t quite sure how to accomplish that in my previous roles. After much thought, I decided to leave the field of journalism completely, and came to WVU to pursue my BSN. Looking back, the decision was difficult and scary but worth it. Now, I am fortunate enough to provide care to patients in every stage of their lives, hopefully helping them live healthier lives.

Brenna Lansden
BSN, 2015; Post-MSN FNP Certificate, 2023
Morgantown Campus