The University of Charleston (UC, UCWV), located in Charleston, West Virginia, is home to over 1,300 full-time students and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. The University of Charleston is one of 12 colleges nationally chosen as a model for first-year experience and has an alumni base of 14,000 people. Besides the Charleston campus, there are campuses in Martinsburg and Beckley; together with courses offered online.
The University of Charleston was founded by the Southern Methodist church in 1888 and became a college a year later. In 1901, it was named Morris Harvey College, in honor of its foremost donor. The college moved to Charleston to have access to a greater student base and became Morris Harvey College in 1942, as it disassociated itself from the church. In 1978, the Board of Trustees changed the name from Morris Harvey College to the University of Charleston.
The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Charleston is home to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (BSN) and the Associate Degree in Nursing program (ADN).
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
The Associate Degree in Nursing program is two academic years of study and the eventual degree obtained by the graduate is an Associate in Arts degree. After completing all of the curriculum, the graduate of the program is able to apply to write the West Virginia State Board of Examiners of Registered Professional Nurses examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). After obtaining Registered Nurse licensure, individuals can go on to work in a variety of healthcare environments including hospitals, physicians offices, long-term care facilities and more. Individuals who complete the Associate in Arts in Nursing degree, often go on to complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at the University of Charleston.
In order to be admitted into the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the University of Charleston, individuals must meet general admission requirements. Admission is competitive, and individuals must submit their cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT scores if they are a recent high school graduate and the number of credit hours completed if they have previously attended a college program. Individuals must also submit his or her nursing entrance test scores for admission to the Associate Degree in Nursing program at the University of Charleston. Individuals applying to the Associate Degree in Nursing program, who are recent high school graduates must hold a minimum of a 2.75 GPA on the 4.0 scale in all academic subjects taken on the secondary level. Individuals must have completed two levels of high school math as well. Individuals applying from high school must have a composite score of 21 or above on ACT test or total score of 1000 or above on the SAT test. If an individual does not have all of these requirements, the individual will be considered for admission again after completing 12 or more college credit hours with a 2.75 GPA or above.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Charleston is intended for individuals who wish to complete baccalaureate education in nursing. Upon graduation from the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, individuals are able to go on write the NCLEX-RN examination, in order to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. Individuals must first be accepted into the University of Charleston, prior to being admitted in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Applications for the program are reviewed using the point scale weighing GPA, course work, and TEAS scores when there is a high volume of applicants.
In order to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Charleston, individuals must submit a copy of a University of Charleston Program Evaluation or a transcript that shows the individual holds a GPA of 2.75 or above. Individuals must also submit a TEAS score and a copy of their CPR certification as well as a copy of their current negative PPD tuberculosis test results or chest x-ray results. Applicants must also submit immunization records. Finally, individuals applying to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program must also submiy a copy of a certified background check, a copy of current flu vaccination documentation and a letter of good standing and transcripts of course work and standardized testing if an individual is interested in transferring from another nursing program.