Application Information

Our LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program provides a seamless pathway for a current LPN to complete the requirements to earn a BSN degree on the Keyser campus. Courses are offered afternoons/evenings and weekends to accommodate the working LPN’s schedule.  Admitted students may complete their BSN degree in less than three years.

Qualifications

Applicant must:

  • Have completed a board-approved, accredited practical nursing program
  • Hold an active, unencumbered LPN license
  • Have taken the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam and earned a total score of at least 60%
  • Have one year of experience as a practicing LPN before beginning the first nursing course (NSG 213; see the LPN to BSN Program Progression Plan)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all college-level work attempted if applicable
  • Complete all steps below for application

Students admitted to the LPN to BSN program must successfully pass a background check, urine drug screen, and physical exam/immunizations review by their healthcare provider; complete Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)/confidentiality and American Heart Association Basic Life Support trainings; and maintain current health insurance. In addition, students admitted to the nursing program must maintain a 3.0 program GPA throughout the program. See the WVU School of Nursing Undergraduate Handbook for further details regarding admission, progression, and graduation policies.

Note: Students who have been dismissed from any nursing program (WVU or otherwise) are ineligible for admission to any of the WVU BSN programs; however, students who have received degrees or additional credentialing post-academic dismissal from a nursing program are eligible for admission to the BS/BA to RN, RN to BSN, or graduate programs provided that they meet all other admission requirements and based on space available. Students who have withdrawn from the WVU SON may be considered for readmission and may apply in accordance with guidelines and criteria found in the undergraduate handbook.

Apply to WVU

The application period for the Fall (August) term will open on December 1 and close on July 1.

Acceptance into the LPN to BSN program is limited, with admission offered on a rolling basis to qualified applicants. Those applying earliest will be given preference until spaces are filled for each fall cohort.

Once you have reviewed the qualifications you can begin the application process. Below is a button that will take you to the WVU application page. To get started you'll first need to create an account on that page. Once you have done so, click "Start Application" and review your admission type prior to completing enrollment information.

  1. Select Potomac State College at Keyser Campus. 
  2. For type of student, please choose Health Sciences Transfer, Internal Applicant (if already a student in the WVU system), or Second Degree, whichever is applicable to you.
  3. Select your international status and start term.
  4. Select Nursing LPN to BSN
  5. Answer the application questions and upload the two required documents as indicated: (a) proof of an active, unencumbered LPN license (Nursys License Verification Report), and (b) proof of one year of experience as a practicing LPN (this should be from the employer(s), on official letterhead, dated, and signed and should include their contact information [email and phone]).
  6. Submit to WVU an official transcript showing completion of a board-approved, accredited practical nursing program.
  7. Only if applicable: Submit to WVU transcripts of all college/university level work, with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all college-level work attempted. Official college transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent directly from the institution to the WVU Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 6009, Morgantown WV 26506 or via an online, secure service such as eScrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse, or Parchment to wvuadmissions@mail.wvu.edu. Please note, if you are a current or former WVU student, you do not need to have transcripts sent from the Morgantown, Beckley, or Keyser campuses.
  8. Submit to WVU an official ATI transcript for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam indicating a total score of at least 60%.

CREATE ACCOUNT AT WVU

Applications must be submitted electronically using the Application for Undergraduate Admission above. Since this program follows the rolling admission process, the application and all supporting materials must be received for admission.

Acceptance

Applicants admitted to the LPN to BSN program are notified by e-mail at the time of admission. Specific information, including licensure requirement, HIPAA training, advisor, review of requirements to maintain good standing in the program, and date for confirmation of seat in the program will be outlined in the acceptance letter. 

In programs with limited capacity and competitive admissions, the most qualified students are selected among those that meet the minimum requirements. Students who want to appeal the Undergraduate or Graduate Admissions Committee decision as unfair, arbitrary, or capricious may contact the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for the School of Nursing. The request will be forwarded to the committee for consideration, and the student will receive detailed information regarding the formal appeal process.

Contact info for Director of Admissions and Enrollment:

Orientation

All students accepted for admission to the LPN to BSN program must attend a nursing program orientation session. Students will receive information about the orientation and other requirements in a welcome letter sent via the student’s MIX e-mail, usually in July.