Fairmont State University (FSU) shares a campus with Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, West Virginia. Fairmont State University is home to over 4,500 students a year and offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and graduate programs. Fairmont State University has a campus in Clarksburg, the Gaston Caperton Center.
In order to be admitted into the Pre-Nursing Program at Fairmont State University, individuals must hold a minimum score in either the ACT, SAT or COMPASS tests. The ACT minimum math score is 19 and the English score is 18. The minimum SAT requirement in math is 460 and 450 in English and the minimum COMPASS math score is 36 and COMPASS English score is 71 in Writing. All prerequisites in English and Math must also be satisfied prior to admission and individuals applying to the Pre-Nursing Program at Fairmont State University must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and must declare Pre-Nursing as their major.
Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN)
The Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program at Fairmont State University is tow years in duration and upon graduation students are able to apply to write the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to become a Registered Nurse. Registered Nurses work in a variety of healthcare environments including hospitals, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and many more. Clinical experience in the Associate Degree of Science Nursing Program takes place in Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Doddridge, Lewis, and Harrison counties and students must find their own transportation to all clinical practicum.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN)
Individuals in the Associate Degree Nursing Program, who wish to continue their education to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Registered Nurse (BSN to RN) track may apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in the second year of the Associate Degree in Nursing Program. Individuals who wish to continue to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Fairmont State University, must successfully complete their licensure examination, prior to being admitted into this program.
Licensed Practical Nurse Articulation Program (LPN)
Licensed Practical Nurses who are admitted into the Associate Degree in Nursing Program are able to go forward through the articulation process into the Traditional or Non-Traditional tracks. The Traditional track is geared toward Licensed Practical Nurses who have not been practicing in an acute care environment and can attend day time classes and clinical. The Non-Traditional track is for Licensed Practical Nurses who have already completed general education studies, work in an acute care facility and need to complete courses during the evening or weekend. Fairmont State University also offers a LPN to ASN program, for individuals who hold Licensed Practical Nursing licensure and wish to complete their Registered Nursing licensure, by completing the ASN degree and completing the NCLEX-RN examination.
School Nurse Certification
Several years ago, Fairmont State University began offering a School Nurse Certification program, which is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and are licensed as a Registered Nurse to work as a School Nurse. Individuals who wish to complete this certification must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program or already hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and be returning to school in order to obtain the School Nurse Certification. The certification includes a four credit School Nurse Practicum composed of theory and clinical requirements and the clinical component of the program mandates that the student work with a Certified School Nurse in the school system. This certification is available as an online option as well.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
The Master of Science in Nursing at Fairmont State University is offered in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Marshall University, in Huntington, West Virginia. The two tracks available at the master’s level include; Nursing Education and Nursing Administration. Individuals applying to the Master of Science in Nursing program at Fairmont State University must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in order to apply.
Fairmont State University has partnered with various South Korean universities and has developed global exchange programs for nursing students through Ansan University and Namseoul University. Woosong University School of Nursing in Korea is next in line for a potential partnership with Fairmont State University. The global exchange program is two weeks in duration, and individuals are fully immersed in the culture and profession of nursing in South Korea.
Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue,
Fairmont, WV 26554
Tel: 304-367-4892 / Toll Free: 1-800-641-5678