When can I apply for the Nursing Program?

We begin processing Nursing applications on the fourth Monday of August for the following academic year.

When does the actual program begin?

The Traditional RN Program will accept students for both the fall and spring terms.

The LPN to RN Accelerated Program will accept students for the fall term only.

The Weekend RN Program will accept students for the spring term only.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The Traditional RN program is a two year program.

The LPN to RN Accelerated program is 12 months in length.

The Weekend RN Program is a six semester program with summers off.

Upon completion of any of these programs, the student receives the Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) and is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Can I apply for both the fall and spring term in an academic year?

No. For the Traditional RN Program, you can apply for only one term (fall or spring) in an academic year. However, if the term for which you are applying is full, you will automatically be considered for the other term providing space is available. 

Do I have to reapply if I don’t get in the first time?

Yes. If you do not get in, you must reapply for any future academic year.

If I have to reapply will I have to submit my credentials again?

You will have to submit a new application. Certain other credentials may have to be submitted again, like updated transcripts (if you have taken more classes) or a new TEAS test. You will be notified of any additional credentials that are required.

What type of application do I need to submit?

New students to Fairmont State University must submit the regular application for admission along with the general application fee of $25.

Current students must submit the Nursing Program Application (found at the Turley Student Services Center or on the Nursing website). The Nursing Program Application does not have a fee.

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is no deadline. However, completed applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served, rolling basis. Once all spaces, including the waitlist, are full, applications will no longer be reviewed. (New students to the institution will be placed in the ‘Undeclared’ major.)

What is the class size that is accepted for each program?

The Traditional RN Program accepts 48 students in the fall and 48 students in the spring of each academic year.

The LPN to RN Accelerated program accepts 24 students in the fall term only.

The Weekend RN Program accepts 24 students in the spring term only. 

What happens when the class is full?

When one term of the Traditional RN program is full, students will automatically be considered for the other term. When both terms are full, a waitlist will be created.

When the LPN to RN Accelerated Program is full, a waitlist for this program will be created.

When the Weekend RN Program is full, a waitlist for this program will be created. 

How does the waitlist work?

There is a separate waitlist created for each program.

For the Traditional RN Program, there is only one waitlist for both the fall and spring terms. The waitlist is not started until both terms are full. When a space becomes available in either term, the first person on the wait list is moved into the spot (regardless of the original term indicated on the student’s application). You cannot be placed on the waitlist unless you are qualified for admission to the program. The waitlist will be capped at 15 students. Once the waitlist reaches capacity, students will no longer be reviewed for admission eligibility. (New students to the institution will be placed in the ‘Undeclared’ major.)

For the LPN to RN Program, the waitlist begins when the class is full and waitlisted students are moved into spots as they become available. The waitlist will be capped at 5 students. Once the waitlist reaches capacity, students will no longer be reviewed for admission eligibility. (New students to the institution will be placed in the ‘Undeclared’ major.)

For the Weekend RN Program, the waitlist begins when the class is full and waitlisted students are moved into spots as they become available. The waitlist will be capped at 5 students. Once the waitlist reaches capacity, students will no longer be reviewed for admission eligibility. (New students to the institution will be placed in the ‘Undeclared’ major).

Where are classes taught?

The Traditional RN Program is taught on the main campus in Fairmont.

The LPN program is synchronous online classes with clinicals held on FSU’s main campus and area hospitals.

The Weekend RN Program initially will have their courses taught on the main Fairmont campus. In the future, the classes will be moved to a new building at Charles Pointe in Bridgeport, WV. Clinical labs will be conducted at United Hospital Center. Skills labs and Simulation labs will be held on the Fairmont main campus.

Are there required classes that I need to complete prior to starting a program?

For the LPN to RN Program, there are some general education courses that need to be completed. Please check with the Nursing Department for advisement.

What additional costs are associated with the program?

Tuition is based on the number of credit hours taken. Additionally, books and supplies for the first semester can range from $700-$1000. Other semesters, books can range from $250-$500. All nursing books are used throughout the program. There is a uniform fee of $155 for the first semester. There is a program fee each semester of $250, which is prorated for part-time students. There is a standardized testing fee of $165 per semester. At graduation, the cost of licensure and to take NCLEX-RN exam is approximately $300.

What else do I need to submit? What are the requirements for admission?
  • An overall 2.0 GPA in high school/home school or GED/TASC equivalent****
  • One of the following ACT or SAT scores if you graduated or received your GED/TASC within the last five years:****
    • ACT composite score of at least 18
    • SAT combined score of at least 870 (Critical Reading and Math scores taken prior to March 2016)
    • SAT Total Score of at least 950 (test taken March 2016 or after)
  • A Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) score of:
    • 50 on Math
    • 50 on English
    • 60 on Reading
    • 60 on Science
  • An overall 2.0 GPA on all college work taken, if applicable
  • A copy of your LPN license, if applicable (must be a current license)
  • A copy of your LPN transcript, if applicable

****Current, Transfer or Readmitted students who have completed 24 or more college credit hours are exempt from this requirement.

What is TEAS?

TEAS is short for Test of Essential Academic Skills. It’s a 4 part on-line assessment of Reading, Mathematics, Science and English.

We will accept TEAS V and/or TEAS VI (ATI TEAS).

How can I sign up for the TEAS test and where is it given?

You can register and pay for the TEAS test online at Pierpont Community & Technical College Continuing Education’s website www.pierpont.edu/ce. Click on the ‘Browse Classes’ link and then the ‘TEAS Pre-Nursing Exam’ link.

You may also find TEAS testing information at atitesting.com. 

If I take TEAS at another site how do I get scores sent to FSU for consideration?

Go to atitesting.com and order a transcript to be sent to ‘Fairmont State U TEAS.’ 

How often can I take the TEAS test?

You may take the TEAS test twice in any calendar year.

TEAS scores are valid for two years prior to the beginning of the academic year for which you are applying. ONLY SCORES TAKEN WITHIN THIS TIME FRAME WILL BE CONSIDERED. For example, if you are applying for the fall 2017 or spring 2018 term, your TEAS scores are good if taken on, or after, August 15, 2015.

Academic Year Academic Term Earliest Acceptable
Test Date
2017-2018 Fall 2017 August 15, 2015
Spring 2018
2018-2019 Fall 2018 August 15, 2016
Spring 2019
2019-2020 Fall 2019 August 15, 2017
Spring 2020

 

What services are available if I need help passing the TEAS test?

The Tutorial Services Center in the Library on the main campus, under the direction of Dr. Linda King, provides tutoring services.

How will I know my status?

You will receive a series of letters regarding your status. 

What should I do if I have questions?

For more information, visit www.fairmontstate.edu/schoolofnaha, or call the School of Nursing at 304-367-4133.