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A.S. Nursing

The two-year nursing program prepares individuals for nursing careers involving the delivery of direct client care in settings such as hospitals, physician offices, clinics, extended care facilities, and the client’s home. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses. Students must obtain a “C” grade or better in all nursing courses. Students must have a combined average in both sections of Anatomy and Physiology (210/212) and Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory (211/213) of at least a 2.0 or “C”. Students must have a combined average in Microbiology and Microbiology Laboratory of at least 2.0 or “C”. If a student makes an “F” in lab, he or she must repeat it, but will be allowed to continue in the nursing program if the average of the lecture and lab components of the course is “C” or better. However, the student must satisfactorily complete the lab course within one year. Students must make at least a “C” in lecture component of all biological science courses. Nursing courses are designed to provide learning opportunities for acquiring the necessary nursing knowledge and skill to practice nursing at the associate degree level. The focus is holistic health promotion and wellness.


The mission of the associate degree nursing program at Bluefield State College is to provide nursing students with a dynamic and multidimensional, educational experience in preparation for successful completion of the state licensure examination.  Utilizing the problem solving method in promotion of critical thinking skills, this program provides its graduates to competently perform the roles of the associate degree nurse in provision of care for individuals, groups, and communities.



Nursing practice incorporates the physical, biological, psychological, sociological sciences, and nursing theory.  The nursing process is utilized to identify human responses and to assist in meeting individual human needs.  Through research, education, counseling, supervision, administration and evaluation we focus on holistic health and wellness. Health is a dynamic process of physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being as defined by the individual.

This faculty identifies three levels of practice:  Associate degree, Baccalaureate, and Advanced.  Each of these levels practices individually and collaboratively, within the profession and as an advocate of the profession.  Nursing professionals actively participate in continuing education and in the maintenance of core competencies, both of which must be incorporated with progressive technology for efficient delivery of care.  Nursing provides care to individuals, groups, and communities in multidimensional settings.  The process of care recognizes uniqueness, promotes communication, and mobilizes resources to promote physical and mental health across the lifespan.


Nursing education is an ongoing, active process, with the responsibility for learning being shared between the student and the educator. This process focuses on the problem solving method and promotion of critical thinking.  This faculty believes education should be conducted in a caring manner that cultivates creativity, both within the student and the educator. Nursing education involves adult learners, and incorporates the three domains of learning: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Learning occurs in classroom settings, simulated learning sessions, computerized activities, and practice areas which provide students with multiple experiences to develop ADN competencies.


Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing and the state licensure examination, the graduate is prepared for a career as a registered nurse.

The graduate nurse will be competent in performing all the roles of associate degree nurse, which are provider of care, manager of care, and a member of the discipline. As a provider of care, the associate degree graduate is capable of thinking critically, competent in acute and long term care, and community settings, accountable for actions and committed to the value of caring. As a manager of care for a group of clients, the associate degree graduate collaborates, organizes, and delegates care using effective communication and evaluation skills. Accountability, advocacy, and respect characterize the qualities of a nurse manager.  As a member of the discipline of nursing, the graduate will participate in the health promotion of individuals and groups. The graduate nurse will be committed to professional growth, continuous learning and self-development.


The Student Learning Outcomes are derived from the program’s mission, philosophy and the organizing framework.  The student learning outcomes include provider of care, manager of care, and member within the discipline of nursing.


As a provider of care, the graduate will demonstrate interdisciplinary collaboration and clinical decision making based on the nursing process in providing nursing care to diverse clients across the lifespan, while using a holistic approach and therapeutic communication to promote a caring, safe physical and psychological environment.


As a manager of care, the graduate will be capable of coordinating and prioritizing nursing care in a variety of setting for effective management and delegation of care, and exhibiting effectiveness as a member of the care team.  This involves accountability for effective management and delegation of care to move toward positive outcomes for individual clients and groups.


As a member within the discipline of nursing, the graduate will exemplify professional behaviors that adhere to the ethical and legal frameworks of nursing and professional nursing standards to provide culturally competent nursing care.

The Associate Degree Nursing program is offered in Bluefield, on the main campus of the College, and in Beckley at the Beckley Center, located in Harper Industrial Park. The nursing courses at the Beckley Center are taught by Bluefield State College nursing faculty. Students may elect to take the non-nursing program courses at Bluefield State College or other area colleges. Courses taken at other colleges must have prior approval. These courses must be equivalent to the program courses as judged by Bluefield State College (see Transfer Credit section). The Associate Degree Nursing program is approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV  25311, Telephone: (304) 558-3596, and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326. Telephone: (404) 975-5000.

Eligibility Requirements

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the Associate of Science in Nursing program.

Eligibility requirements for admission to the associate degree nursing program include:

  1. Meet general admission requirements.
  2. An ACT math main score of 19 or better or eligibility to enter Math 101 by the fall semester of entrance year into the program.
  3.  An overall high school grade point average of 2.8 or better on a 4.0 scale, or a score of 45 on each of the GED exams.
  4. a.   Have completed with a “C” or better one unit of high school algebra, one unit of high school biology and one unit of high school chemistry (ACT/SAT equivalent score of 19 in mathematics will substitute for the algebra course).


    b.  Be enrolled at Bluefield State College or another accredited institution of higher learning prior to application, having completed a minimum of 12 credit hours** and achieving a 2.8 or better grade point average. A “C” grade or better is required in each of the following: one mathematics course, one biology course and one introductory chemistry course. (Also required for college students are copies of their high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores).
    **Developmental or Remedial courses will not be considered.
  5. Complete the TEAS V Admission test with a proficient or higher overall score. Completion of TEAS V does not meet all requirements for admissions to the program. TEAS Vcan be taken September 1 – January 31 each year. TEAS V can be taken twice (there must be 30 days between each attempt). Score on the TEAS V are valid for two academic years.
  6. Completion of Health 100, with a “C” or better, is strongly recommended prior to admission to the program.
  7. Applicants exceeding these academic standards and course requirements will be given first priority.

Upon successful completion of the associate degree program in nursing, the graduate is eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Exam - RN (NCLEX-RN).  Successful completion of this examination allows the graduate to apply for licensure as a registered nurse.

Transfer Students

It is the policy of the Bluefield State College Department of Nursing that students transferring from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must, at a minimum, complete nineteen (19) credit hours of nursing courses at Bluefield State College. The nursing faculty regards the acquisition of clinical skills, as well as the ability to utilize and implement nursing process, as essential parts of the nursing student’s education. It is believed that these standards may be met in this way.

Applicants who wish to transfer from nursing programs at other accredited institutions of higher education must meet the requirements for admission into Bluefield State College’s nursing program. Students seeking transfer will be required to submit official transcripts, course descriptions and course syllabi for any nursing courses being considered for credit in the nursing program. Only nursing courses completed with a grade of “C” or better and completed within the last year will be considered. Transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis and must satisfactorily complete the lab competency examinations. Students desiring transfer should contact the Director of Associate Degree Nursing in the School of Nursing and Allied Health.

Options for LPN’s

 LPN’s may choose to enter the generic two year Associate of Science nursing program or apply for the Accelerated LPN to RN program.  These students may be eligible to take proficiency exams for NURS 107, 109L, 110, 115, 207, and 215.