Nursing

Associate in Applied Science • 60 Credit Hours

Prepare for professional nursing practice as a registered nurse while gaining a knowledge base for career mobility and further academic study.

Program Overview

The Nursing Program at Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College is designed to prepare the Associate Degree Program graduate for practice as a registered nurse once licensure requirements are satisfied. The registered nurse is prepared to care for people of any age who have acute or chronic health care problems in a variety of settings. The nursing student will master the National League of Nursing Competencies which includes human flourishing, nursing judgment, professional identity, and spirit of inquiry.

The mission of the program is to prepare students for professional nursing practice while providing a knowledge base for career mobility and further academic study. The program is committed to providing accessible, high-quality nursing education to meet the diverse and changing healthcare needs of the community and beyond. Additional information regarding admission requirements, standards of progress, and nursing program policies are available through Eastern’s website and from the Director of the Nursing Program.

The curriculum requirements will include the biological, physical, and behavioral sciences consisting of medical-surgical nursing and mental health concepts, and psychiatric nursing. The curriculum is designed to guide qualified students through structured learning experiences in health care settings to meet eligibility requirements for the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Courses that include a laboratory experience have a 1 credit hour to 3 contact hour ratio. For example, one laboratory credit hour is equivalent to three contact hours. Pharmacology is a content thread throughout all courses of study.

Students applying for admission to the Nursing, A.A.S. program are required to comply with the general admission requirements as well as those admission requirements specific to the Nursing program. The Nursing program has additional course testing and program-related fees.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program the graduate will be able to:

  • Understand maintaining health and promoting wellness throughout the life span
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nursing process, clinical judgment, and decision making
  • Understand concepts of the wellness-illness continuum in relation to a person, family, and community
  • Critically analyze health policy and ethical issues
  • The graduate will be prepared for the NCLEX-RN exam and licensure
  • The graduate will develop the skills and knowledge to perform a health assessment across the lifespan
  • Function within the role of the Associate Degree prepared professional nurse
  • Demonstrate personal/professional growth and development with increasing self-direction
  • Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning through the use of resources, technology, and continuing education

Program Implementation

Full-time day.

Clinical Practice Requirements

Each student admitted into the Community and Technical College System of West Virginia Consortium of Associate Degree Nursing Programs must complete the following:

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Accreditation

Full Approval in March, 2013
WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
90 MacCorkle Ave, SW
Suite 203
South Charleston, WV 25303-1443
WV Board of Nursing: www.wvrnboard.com

Continuing Accreditation with Conditions in May, 2021
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA  30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Admissions Requirements

Eastern adheres to an open admission policy which means applications with a high school diploma or GED are eligible for admission. Eastern admits new students to a nursing cohort every two years. The next admission cycle will open in 2021.

Eastern uses a point system to determine admissions to the nursing program, which the application will explain. No pre-interview is required. To gain admittance, nursing students must pass a drug test, a physical, a background check, and must present evidence of up-to-date immunizations. The College will not consider applicants who submit incomplete applications. Students interested in applying for the Nursing program should contact Eastern’s Student Services Department for additional information.

Additional admissions requirements for the Nursing Program include:

  • If you have failed two previous Nursing Programs, your application will not be considered
  • High school graduate or GED US/TASC Test
  • 2.5 GPA from high school or college courses
  • Eligible to take college English and Math
  • HESI A2 results: Applicants must have an adjusted individual composite score of 75 or higher

The application deadline is 4:30 pm (EST), February 1, 2022.

The required HESI Admission Assessment Exam is scheduled for March 19, 2022, at 9:00 AM, on Eastern's Main Campus in Moorefield. The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review Book (5th Edition), published by HESI, is recommended for the HESI exam (ISBN:  9780323582261). The HESI Admission Assessment Exam Review may be purchased online. This test is comprised of critical thinking, reading, and math components.

See the resources below for more information about the application process.

Estimate Your Costs

Eastern is one of the most affordable colleges in the United States!

Rates are for 2020-2021 based on two full-time (12 credit hour) semesters. Rates are subject to change and do not include books, academic supplies, or student fees.

Tuition Rates Eastern WV 2-Year Colleges WV 4-Year Colleges
West Virginia Residents $3,768 $4,776 $12,410
Non-Residents $8,520 $10,152 $26,096

The Nursing Program at Eastern is eligible for West Virginia Invests.

Note:  Students enrolling in the nursing courses will be assessed a per credit hour course fee. This fee is used to replace expendable materials and to maintain and upgrade laboratory equipment. See schedule for details for course fees. See “Nursing Student Handbook” for additional program fees and information.

Previous Eastern Nursing Cohorts: Completion and NCLEX Pass-Rate Data

Cohort Number Admitted % of Grads Completing
the Program within 2 Yrs.
Attrition Rate NCLEX Pass Rate for the 1st Attempt

% of Grads Working as RNs

2020

20

85%

15%

88.24%

88.24%

2018

20

75%

25%

75%

100%

2016

18

77.78%

22.2%

85.71%

100%

2014

20

95%

5%

91.73%

100%

2012

20

90%

10%

88.88%

100%

Professional Licensure Notification

To be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state of WV, the applicant must be a high school graduate or equivalent and must graduate from an accredited nursing program. Even though a person may graduate from a nursing program, the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBON) may deny licensure testing to any applicant proven guilty of certain infractions such as, but not limited to fraud, felony, or moral misconduct (Chapter 30, Article 7, Section 11, Code of West Virginia.) Additionally, applicants must be able to engage in educational and training activities in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others.

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