When can I apply for the Nursing Program?

We begin processing Nursing applications on the fourth Monday of August for the following academic year. For example, if you are interested in applying for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year, you can apply beginning August 24, 2015.

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.

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

No, 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.

Is there a deadline for applications?

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

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.

Upon completion of either 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).

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.

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.

How does the waitlist work?

There is a separate waitlist created for the Traditional RN Program and the LPN to RN Accelerated 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 its 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 eligible students are moved into spots as they become available. The waitlist will be capped at 10 students. Once the waitlist reaches its capacity, students will no longer be reviewed for admission eligibility. (New students to the institution will be placed in the 'Undeclared' major.)

How will I know what my status is?

You will receive a series of letters letting you know what material is needed to complete your application and when any decision is made about your application, including if you are placed on the waitlist.

What type of application do I need to submit?

New students to Fairmont State University must submit the regular application for admission.

Current students must submit the Nursing Program Application (found at the Turley Student Services Center or on the Nursing website).

What else do I need to submit? What are the requirements for admission?
  • An overall 2.0 grade point average in high school or GED/TASC equivalent. *
  • An ACT composite score of 18 or SAT combined score of 870 if you received your high school or GED/TASC diploma within the last five years. *
  • 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.” TEAS is a 4-part on-line assessment developed by Assessment Technologies Institute™ LLC that consists of subtests in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English.

Why do I need to take the TEAS test?

Fairmont State University's School of Nursing and Allied Health has made the TEAS test results part of the admission requirements for the Associate of Science in Nursing Program for all students applying for acceptance.

What testing areas are included in the TEAS test?

TEAS is a 4-part assessment developed by Assessment Technologies Institute™ LLC consisting of subtests in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English with 170 total questions. The numbers of questions in each subtest area are as follows:

  • Reading – 48 Questions
  • Mathematics – 34 Questions
  • Science – 54 Questions
  • English and Language Usage – 34 Questions
How long does the test take?

The TEAS test is a timed test. The total testing time for all four test areas is 3 hours and 29 minutes. Most subtests are timed to average 75 seconds per item. The amount of time allotted for each subtest is as follows:

  • Reading – 48 Minutes
  • Mathematics – 51 Minutes
  • Science – 66 Minutes
  • English and Language Usage – 34 Minutes
How do I register for the TEAS test?

You register for the test date you want and pay for the TEAS test online at Pierpont Community & Technical College Continuing Education website www.pierpont.edu/ce and click on the Browse Our Courses link and then the TEAS Pre-Nursing Exam link – or in the upper right hand corner in the search for a class box type TEAS.

How often can I take the TEAS test?

You may take the TEAS test twice in any calendar year. You register for the TEAS test you are taking the second time in a calendar year the same as you do for the first time. See above.

How much does the TEAS test cost and when do I have to pay the testing fee?

The TEAS test costs $95 and must be paid on-line when you register for your testing date.

Where is the TEAS testing for Fairmont State University conducted?

TEAS testing is conducted at Pierpont Community & Technical College’s Center for Workforce Education located in downtown Fairmont at 320 Adams Street, Suite G01, Fairmont, WV 26554. Directions to Center for Workforce Education

Is there anything special I need to do or need to bring on the day of the test?

You should plan to arrive ½ hour prior to testing time to allow for check in. You must bring a current picture ID, and two (2) #2 pencils.

How late can I wait to register to take the TEAS test?

You can register for one of the available test dates as long as there are seats available. Be aware that there are a limited number of seats available on each test date, so it is important to pick a test date and register before all the available seats are taken.

How do I get my TEAS test results?

Your individual student report is available immediately after you submit your exam. However, the test proctor cannot print a copy for you. If you want a copy of your score, you can download from another computer by logging back into Assessment Technologies Institute™ LLC at www.atitesting.com and going to My Results.

Can I re-test if I want to improve my score?

Yes, you can take the TEAS test twice in a calendar year. You must complete subtest areas each time.

How do I arrange to re-test?

You register to retake the test by selecting the date you want and paying for the TEAS test online as described above.

How much does it cost to re-test?

Re-test costs are the same as the initial test cost, $95.

Are test preparation materials available?

Test preparation materials, including study guides and practice tests, are available to be purchased from Assessment Technologies Institute™ LLC. You can find out more by visiting their web address www.atitesting.com. Free tutoring to all FSU/Pierpont students is available on the second floor of the library. This is not specific to just TEAS tutoring but does include this service for those who request it. The tutoring schedule can be accessed at www.pierpont.edu/tutoring.

They have copies of TEAS practice books. The library also has copies of the TEAS practice books available for checkout. Linda King, Associate Professor, is the director of the tutoring center. She can be contacted via email at linda.king@pierpont.edu if you have any questions.

What if I live outside of the State or regional area and cannot make it to one of the TEAS test dates identified?

You need to contact the TEAS test administrator, Diana Dodrill via email at diane.dodrill@pierpont.edu to determine if special testing arrangements can be made. Realize that special arrangements will only be made due to extraordinary circumstances. Such requests must be made no later than one month prior to the last available test date.

What if I am a non-citizen and do not have a social security number?

You need to contact the TEAS administrator, Diana Dodrill at diane.dodrill@pierpont.edu at least one month prior to the date on which you would like to test.

Who do I contact if I have other questions about the administration of the TEAS test?

Questions about TEAS test administration can be directed to the test administrator, Diane Dodrill via email at diane.dodrill@pierpont.edu. Information about the TEAS test itself can be found from Assessment Technologies Institute™ LLC by visiting their web site at www.atitesting.com. Questions about Fairmont State’s use of the TEAS test or its nursing program should be directed to Janice Porto at (304) 367-4133 or by email to Janice.porto@fairmontstate.edu.