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.