The School of Nursing and Allied Health offers degrees in nursing and radiologic technology/imaging science. Programs offered include baccalaureate and associate degrees in nursing, baccalaureate in imaging science, and the associate degree in radiologic technology. The mission of the Bluefield State College School of Nursing and Allied Health is to provide a quality, affordable and geographically accessible educational foundation for professions in nursing, a variety of imaging modalities and studies in allied health. The school strives to meet these needs by providing quality instruction and individualized advising to students seeking careers in healthcare professions. Professional codes of conduct and ethics are strongly emphasized by allied health professions thus this school strives to uphold those codes in its faculty and instill these characteristics into aspiring professionals.Students entering any of these health care programs must have a physical examination and documentation of necessary health screenings, including immunization records and completion of a criminal background check. In order to complete the background check, the student must, at the student’s expense, create an account with Castle Branch. A required drug screen will be completed by all students in Nursing and Allied Health programs each semester. Students in Nursing and Allied Health programs are required to have current health insurance coverage upon admittance. Failure to have health insurance will result in the inability to attend clinic rotations, which is a requirement of the programs. Proof of health insurance coverage MUST be presented with all other required documentation at the entrance of program(s). Students must purchase uniforms and other equipment particular to the program. Students are responsible for transportation to and from the College and health agencies utilized for clinical experiences.
Bluefield State’s nursing and radiology programs deliver plenty of tangible opportunities to affirm, test and hone the procedures and philosophies learned in the classroom. Through the many courses with a clinical component (indicated with an “L”), students encounter patients at all stages of the lifespan, receiving care in a variety of settings.
The Associate Degree Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30326; telephone: (404) 975-5000.
The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Bluefield State College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 887-6791.
The radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 2850 Chicago, IL 60606-3182;(312)704-5300), and approved by the West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Board of Examiners (P.O. Box 638 1715 Flat Top Road Cool Ridge, WV 25825; 304-787-4398).
In order to comply with accreditation standards, it is necessary to restrict enrollment in all Allied Health programs. Students are admitted to these RESTRICTED programs once a year. The radiologic technology and the accelerated LPN to RN programs begin in May while the associate degree nursing program begins with the fall semester. Applications for admissions must be completed on a yearly basis and are submitted to the Admissions Office from September 1 through December 15 for the A.S. Nursing, Accelerated LPN to RN, and A.S. Radiologic Technology programs. The application file must be completed by January 31 of the year for which admission is sought. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm their admission file is complete. The application to the RN to BSN program is online and available year round. The fall class will be accepted beginning in the spring semester of the year for which admission is sought.