Criteria for Selection and Admission to the Nursing Program

Criteria for Selection and Admission to the Nursing Program

  1. Qualified applicants are accepted by the College as pre-nursing majors.  (See current College catalog.)
  2. Students accepted as pre-nursing majors complete Anatomy and Physiology I & II and PSYCH 237 Lifespan or equivalent prior to application to the School of Nursing.  They will also be encouraged to take The Language of Healthcare as an elective
  3. Pre-nursing majors must formally apply to be accepted into the School of Nursing.
  4. Criteria for acceptance include:
        a.  Submission of a formal application.
        b.  A minimum college cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.
        c.  Completion of A&P I & II and Lifespan Psychology with a C or higher (up to one course repeat allowed for nursing, science, or nursing support courses.
        d.  And a score of Proficient or higher on the TEAS test (Test of Essential Academic Skills [ATI]) given fall semester of freshman year.
    Criteria are subject to chance as required by advanced placement status, participation in the Honors program, and the need for developmental courses and/or nursing curriculum revisions.  If nursing or support course credit is more than 5 years old, the course will need to be retaken.
  5. Students transferring from another nursing program must meet the following requirements:
         a.  Submit a formal application and ALL academic transcripts to the School of Nursing Director prior to admission to the School of Nursing.
         b.  Have a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
         c.  Complete at least 12 credit hours including Anatomy and Physiology with a "C" or higher.
         d.  Transfer equivalent nursing courses with a "C" or higher grade for 220, 222.
         e.  Complete a personal interview or telephone conference with the SON Director.
         f.   Complete the TEAS test.
         g.  If nursing or support course credit is more than 5 years old, then the course will have to be retaken.
  6. Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Students must meet the following requirements:
         a.  Submit a formal application and ALL academic transcripts to the School of Nursing Director prior to admission to the School of Nursing.
         b.  Provide proof of licensure.
         c.  Have a G.P.A. of 3.0.
         d.  Submit two letters of recommendation.
         e.  Personal interview with the SON Director.


An interview may be requested.  A comprehensive review of the student's performance in the major and support and prerequisite courses will occur before admission status is conferred.

The following documents must be on file in the School of Nursing by April 30:

  1. Completed formal application to the School of Nursing.
  2. TEAS test results with a score of Proficient or higher.
  3. Official transcripts from all college work attempted.
  4. Completion of health forms.
  5. Evidence of current CPR certification; negative TB test and a background check.

The School of Nursing uses the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) as its diagnostic measure of basic skills, and we will use the results to help develop individualized readiness plans to promote student success in the baccalaureate Nursing program.  The TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) determines a Nursing student's strengths and weaknesses in basic math, science, reading, English, and English language usage, as well as general background knowledge.  

Students seeking nursing transfer credit from another institution must submit nursing course descriptions, syllabi and transcripts to the School of Nursing, and meet with the Director of the School of Nursing or BSN chairpersion.  Standardized testing and validation of skills may be required based on the evaluation of the transcript.  Transfer students should contact Assessment Technology Institute (ATI) to arrange for taking the TEAS test.  Transfer nursing credits will be evaluated for equivalence by the Nursing Faculty.  Final approval for all transfer nursing credit will at the discrtion of the Nursing Faculty.

Admission with Advanced Standing
Applicants for admission with advanced placement in nursing will be assessed by the Nursing Academic Standards and Review Committee, whose recommendations will guide the Admissions and Academic Services Offices.  Advanced standing validated through standardized testing is available for Licensed Practical nurses.  An estimate of the time required for completion of the Wesleyan program cannot be made until transcripts of previous academic work and course descriptions are submitted and evaluated.

To meet the examination requirements for licensure as a registered professional nurse, you must successfully complete the NCLEX examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) and administered by Pearson VUE.

Before candidates can be considered for licensure as a registered nurse in the United States, they must report any conviction for a felony or misdemeanor to the licensing board.  Students are advised to report such conviction to the nursing program and to the Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses upon entry into the nursing program.  Nursing students may be required to complete a criminal background check prior to clinical experiences.

Licensure Application and Examination Requirements
Each student must make a formal application for candidacy to the Board of Nursing using the forms provided by the licensing board in the state where licensure is desired, along with the appropriate fee.  Students must also apply to the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to take the registered nurse examination.  It is the applicant's responsibility to follow-up regarding licensure application issues.  Fees are subject to change.  To be licensed as a registered professional nurse in West Virginia, you must:

  1. Be of good moral character;
  2. Be at least eighteen years of age;
  3. Meet education requirements;
  4. Meet examination requirements.
  5. Submit the appropriate application and licensure application fees

Requirements for other jurisdictions are similar.  Contact the Board of Nursing in the state in which you are applying for initial licensure.

West Virginia Wesleyan College, a private educational institution, is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all qualified persons, welcomes students of all backgrounds and takes pride in the diversity of its faculty and staff.  It assures students of access to all the privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available at the College.  West Virginia Wesleyan College strongly supports affirmative action principles and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or religious affiliation in the administration of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, co-curricular activities or other College-administered programs.

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