Fairmont State University's School of Nursing offers 2 associate of science degree in nursing programs: the Traditional ASN and the Nontraditional LPN-ASN. The ASN program is two years in length, while the LPN-ASN is 12 months in length.  Upon graduation, the student receives the associate of science degree in nursing and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The associate degree nurse is prepared as a technical nurse to care for clients with common health problems in structured settings. The associate degree or nurse practice is defined by the roles of care provider, client teacher, communicator, manager of client care and member within the profession of nursing.

The mission of the Associate Degree of Science Nursing program is to provide quality entry level nursing education to individuals in north central West Virginia and beyond. The program is designed to prepare graduates for a challenging and satisfying career as a nurse. The curriculum includes a balance of nursing and non-nursing courses. Students have the opportunity to apply nursing theory and skills in the campus laboratory and two state-of-the-art simulation laboratories, as well as in clinical settings which may include hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools, clinics, and physician’s offices. Students are expected to provide their own transportation to all clinical experiences, which may include agencies in Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Doddridge, Lewis, and Harrison counties.

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Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program must pass the national licensure exam to be a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN). Employment opportunities are at an all-time high in West Virginia and nationwide.

  • Registered nurses constitute the largest healthcare occupation, with 2.4 million jobs.
  • More new jobs are expected to be created for registered nurses than for any other occupation.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
  • Almost 3 out of 5 jobs are in hospitals, in inpatient and outpatient departments. Others work in offices of physicians, outpatient clinics, nursing care facilities, home healthcare services, employment services, government agencies, and outpatient care centers.
  • Graduates of the Associate Degree Nursing program who are licensed as registered nurses can continue their education in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.

School of Nursing Outcomes for LPN-ASN Program and starting fall 2015 for the ASN Program

Upon Completion of the Associate Degree in Nursing Programs, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Promote human flourishing for patients of all ages.
  2. Utilize nursing judgment to provide quality nursing care.
  3. Demonstrate attributes of a professional identity consistent with core nursing values.
  4. Demonstrate characteristics of a spirit of inquiry to improve healthcare quality.

Program Outcomes:

  1. At least 80% of entering students will graduate within three years from the ASN program and within two years from the LPN-ASN program.
  2. The NCLEX-RN pass rate for the first time test takers will at or above the three year national mean.
  3. At least 85% of the graduates will rate the program as satisfactory or above.
  4. At least 90% of the graduates will gain employment as a nurse or be enrolled in a higher education program within 6 months of graduation.
  5. At least 85% of employers will rate graduate’s performance as satisfactory or above.

Students who are currently enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program who plan to continue their education through the BSN-RN track may transition into the Bachelors of Science Nursing (BSN) Program in the second year of their Associate Degree classes. Students are eligible to enroll in Nursing 3320 Health Assessment and in Nursing 3340 Nursing Care of the Older Adult with consent of the instructor. Since it is important for students to progress from the normal to the abnormal, it is strongly recommended that Nursing 3320 , Health Assessment, be the first class taken. ASN students are still held responsible to meet all of the requirements to graduate with the Associate Degree at the end of their second year of nursing. Students must also successfully complete their licensing exam to continue in the Bachelors of Science Nursing Program.

After graduation from the ASN Program, students who wish to pursue the BS in Nursing must change their major in the Registrar’s Office. See a BSN faculty member for current information regarding program requirements.

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