St. Mary’s Hospital, located in Huntington, West Virginia, is the largest medical center in Huntington. The teaching facility at St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) is associated with the Joan C. Edwards Marshall University School of Medicine and trains students in a variety of specialties in the medical profession. St. Mary’s School of Nursing is located on the hospital grounds and is associated with Marshall University.
The St. Mary’s School of Nursing (SMSN) was founded in 1926 and is the oldest program in West Virginia. St. Mary’s School of Nursing has graduated over 3,000 individuals.
Upon graduation from Saint Mary’s School of Nursing, individuals become Registered Nurses. The Cooperative Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program at St. Mary’s School of Nursing is conducted through a partnership between St. Mary’s Hospital and Marshall University. The Associate of Science in Nursing Program is two academic years in duration and the final degree obtained by the graduate is the Associate of Science in Nursing from Marshall University. Individuals can apply to the Associate of Science in Nursing program twice every year, once in August and again in January.
In order to apply from high school, individuals must hold a high school GPA of 3.00 and a minimum ACT Composite score of 21, as well as a minimum “C” grade on any college course already completed. Individuals applying to the Associate of Science in Nursing program, who already hold at least 12 college credits must hold a high school diploma or GED and must also hold a minimum of a “C” on any non-nursing courses that the individuals has already completed. Individuals applying with college credits must also hold a minimum of 2.00 QPA on all college work that he or she has undertaken at Marshall University. Individuals must also hold a minimum overall 2.00 QPA on all college work completed.
The program costs vary, depending on if the student is located in-state or in the metropolitan area. Tuition for in-state students, which includes fees, textbooks, and uniforms is over $13,000. Tuition for students in the metro area is over $16,000 with the same inclusions.
It is recommended that individuals applying to the St. Marys School of Nursing from high school have taken the college prep track, as well as English, Science, Math, and Social Studies.The Associate of Science in Nursing degree at St. Mary’s School of Nursing is accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Charleston, West Virginia and is nationally accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in Atlanta, Georgia. Individuals enrolled in the Associate of Science in Nursing degree at St. Mary’s School of Nursing must take non-nursing courses including; Anatomy, Chemistry, Microbiology, Nutrition, English, Physiology and Psychology. Nursing courses at St. Mary’s School of Nursing include; Fundamentals of Nursing, Health Alteration, Psychiatric Nursing, Maternal-Child Nursing and Academic Success for the Associate of Science in Nursng Student.
The Associate of Science in Nursing program combines in-class lectures and clinical practicum. Clinical practicum is included in all nursing courses at St. Mary’s School of Nursing and can be completed at a variety of hospitals and medical centers in the area including; St. Mary’s Medical Center, Cabell Huntington Hospital, Midred Mitchell Bateman Hospital, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, Mariner Health Care Center, Woodlands Retirement Center and various physicians offices and health care facilities in the local community.