The nursing programs at Fairmont State have reached a peak of excellence and are recognized for their quality throughout West Virginia. The Associate of Science in Nursing Degree Nursing program has maintained continuous accreditation through the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses since the inception of the program in 1964 and has maintained national nursing accreditation through the National League for Nursing (NLN), the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), and the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) since graduating the first class in 1966. 

We employ a career ladder approach to nursing education which allows students to complete the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree, become licensed as a Registered Nurse, and then, if desired, progress through the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Baccalaureate nursing courses are offered online, permitting nurses to work full time while pursuing a degree. Recognition of prior education and practice makes it possible for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to build on competencies gained in their LPN program and complete the Associate of Science in Nursing degree in three semesters. 

Refined selection processes and improved advising techniques have greatly enhanced retention and graduation rates.  Graduates of the programs report 100% employment if they choose to be employed. Many of our associate degree graduates have continued in their nursing education by completing BSN, MSN, and doctoral programs.  Our baccalaureate degree graduates have assumed leadership roles in healthcare organizations, academic positions, and obtained masters and doctoral degrees. 

It is my privilege and pleasure to work with nursing faculty who are academically well prepared, excellent clinical practitioners, and committed to providing the best nursing education possible to our students. The positive outcomes generated by the faculty and students, require cooperative effort and teamwork. Nursing faculty are continually reviewing and revising policies, curriculum, and experiences to provide educational opportunities designed to prepare graduates for today's health care system. 

Students enrolled in the nursing programs are special. They become a part of our family when they enter and are mentored by faculty who care about their progress and success. Students and faculty interact in the classroom and clinical setting to gain the maximum from each learning opportunity.  Following the completion of our program graduates and faculty work together to enhance the health of West Virginians and the global community. 

As you peruse our website, I hope you sense the excitement and challenge of nursing education at Fairmont State University and chose to come to FSU! 

Dr. Laura H. Clayton, Ph.D., RN, CNE 
Dean of the College of Nursing