Welcome to the Fairmont State University College of Nursing where more than 350 students are currently pursuing degrees and over 3,500 graduates are practicing in health care positions and facilities throughout West Virginia, the United States, and foreign countries. 

Mission and Vision 

The mission of Fairmont State University College of Nursing is to serve as a leader in improving the health of West Virginia and the global community through a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

Our vision is to be a center for excellence in nursing education where graduates are capable of providing care for and changing the health of the world. 

The College of Nursing accomplishes its mission by offering an Associate of Science in Nursing program, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and a School Nurse Certification Program. 

Nursing Pathway

The Nursing Pathway Program is designed for students who have been admitted to a nursing program in an upcoming semester or for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in nursing. A student can be in the nursing pathway program for a maximum of 45 credits prior to the need to change their major.

Many of the courses in the Nursing Pathway Program meet the Fairmont State University Core Curriculum requirements for graduation or lay the foundation for an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) 

The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program has a long history of successful graduates dating back to 1964. Mildred Montag was the founder of the program. Graduates of the program have consistently exceeded state passing rates on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and are in great demand by employers. 

Three program tracks are available for students.   

  • The Traditional ASN  track is best for individuals who can attend college courses on campus with clinical rotations occurring on a variety of days and times.  The program is completed in four semesters over two academic years. 
  • The LPN-ASN  track is an asynchronous online evening program with clinical two to three days a month designed for LPNs who wish to become RNs.  The program is completed in three consecutive semesters, including summer with clinical learning activities occurring in the Fairmont, WV region. 
  • The Weekend-Hybrid ASN track is for non-traditional students or students who have already have a degree.  The program is offered on weekends and is completed in four consecutive semesters, including summer. 

The ASN nursing program enhances learning through clinical experiences in the authentic arena (hospitals, clinics, community settings), in our state-of-the-art simulation, and our skills labs. 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program has a long history of successful graduates dating back to 1989.

The BSN program offers two program tracks and one specialty certification.

  • The Traditional BSN program track started in 2023.  The program is completed in eight semesters or less depending on college course work previously completed.  Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and work as a registered nurse upon successful completion of the licensing exam.
  • The RN-BSN program track provides associate degree and diploma nurses the chance to enhance their opportunities beyond the bedside and clinical practice area to the management and leadership arena or graduate education. Students can maintain full-time employment while pursuing this degree through asynchronous online learning and flexible, realistic practicum experiences as a part-time or full-time student. Courses incorporate a variety of real-life projects that assist you to broaden your knowledge and skills. 
  • School Nurse Certification provides the educational background for BSN prepared RNs to meet the WV Department of Education criteria for employment as a school nurse.

Our faculty, staff, state-of-the-art equipped skills and simulation lab, and clinical partners offer students an excellent opportunity to develop their professional skills.