PARKERSBURG - West Virginia University at Parkersburg is the first community and technical college in the state to offer an online program for practicing registered nurses to complete a bachelor's of science in nursing.
Because the program is entirely online, registered nurses can complete their bachelor degree without having to interrupt their employment
"This program will serve an important need for our region," said Rhonda Tracy, senior vice president for academic affairs at WVU-P. "We hear continually that baccalaureate-prepared nurses are needed to staff our local hospitals and health care facilities, and we are now poised to meet these needs. We are confident that our new program will be of the same high quality as our associate degree program."
The Higher Learning Commission has given final approval for WVU-P to begin the program. Katie Wootton, college spokesperson, said the college is accepting applications for the spring 2014 semester.
WVU-P's associate degree in nursing is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN). The college will be pursuing ACEN accreditation for the RN-to-BSN program.
WVU-P is the only state community college in West Virginia accredited to offer baccalaureate degrees. It is one of only 34 public institutions in the country classified as a Baccalaureate/Associate's College. The college has more than 40 programs of study - from certificates to bachelor's degrees. Programs include welding, surgical technology, business administration, elementary education, criminal justice, 3-D modeling and more.