ASN Program Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for the nursing program? 

You can apply online beginning in August of each year.  The priority deadline for Fall admission is January 15th; Spring admission is May 1st, and Summer admission is March 1st.   

The School of Nursing will review all qualified applicants after the priority deadline. 

Students should expect to hear about their admission status 4-6 weeks following the completion of the review of applicants. 

Students may continue to apply after the admission date and will be reviewed as spots are available for admission or on the waitlist. 

What is a wait list? 

Students qualified for admission may be placed on the waitlist to see if a spot will become available.  If an admitted student decides not to come into the program a student from the waitlist may be admitted.  If the student is on the waitlist and not admitted to the program he/she will need to reapply to the program for admission consideration. 

When the waitlist is full no additional applications will be reviewed for admission. 

A separate waitlist exists for the traditional ASN program, LPN to ASN, and Hybrid/Weekend programs. 

When does the program begin? 

The Traditional RN Program track accepts students for both the fall and spring terms. 

The LPN to ASN Program track accepts students for both the fall and spring terms. 

The Hybrid/Weekend Program track accepts students for the fall term only. 

How long does it take to complete the program? 

The Traditional ASN program is 4 semesters. 

The LPN to ASN program is 3 consecutive semesters, including summer. 

The Hybrid/Weekend program is 4 consecutive semesters, including summer. 

Upon completion of any of these program tracks, the student receives the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree 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 Semesters of the ASN program? 

You will need to apply for each semester that you are applying for. 

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

 

Yes, 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 courses at another institution) 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. 

All students must submit a nursing application (found on the nursing website).  The nursing program application does not have a fee. 

 

What is the class size accepted for each program? 

 

The traditional ASN program accepts 48 students in the fall semester and 48 students in the Spring semester. 

The LPN to ASN program accepts 32 students in the fall semester and 32 students in the Spring semester. 

The Hybrid/Weekend program accepts 32 students in the fall semester only. 

 

What happens when the class is full? 

Students qualified for admission may be placed on the waitlist to see if a spot will become available.  If an admitted student decides not to come into the program a student from the waitlist may be admitted.   If the student is on the waitlist and not admitted to the program he/she will need to reapply to the program for admission consideration. 

When the waitlist is full no additional applications will be reviewed for admission. 

A separate waitlist exists for the traditional ASN program, LPN to ASN program, and the Hybrid/Weekend program. 

Where are classes taught? 

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

The LPN-ASN Program is asynchronous online classes with clinicals held on Fairmont State University's main campus and regional hospitals and healthcare agencies. 

The Hybrid/Weekend program is a combination of asynchronous classes, in-set classes, with clinicals held on Fairmont State University's main campus and regional hospitals and healthcare agencies. 

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

 

There are no pre-requisite courses for the traditional ASN program. 

 

There are several required courses for the LPN to ASN program.   

  • ENGL 1101 and 1102 (Written English I and II, 3 cr each, total 6 cr),  

  • PSYC 1101 (Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr) 

  • *NUTR 1110 (Nutrition, 3 cr),  

  • *BIOL 1180/1181 (Anatomy and Physiology with Lab, 6 cr).   

 

*LPN to ASN students are eligible to take CLEP exams for NUTR 1110 and BIOL 1180/1181.  Please speak with the Dean in the School of Nursing. 

The Hybrid/Weekend Program students are encouraged to complete the majority of the non-nursing support courses prior to entrance into the nursing curriculum. 

 

How many days per week will I be on campus for classes and/or clinical site rotation? 

Students in the traditional ASN program should anticipate for most semesters class on campus two days per week and two days of clinical per week. 

Students in the LPN to ASN program will have class on-line and should anticipate clinical 2 to 3 days per month. 

Students in the Hybrid/Weekend program will have class on-line, in-seat and clinical rotations.  Class and clinical will typically be Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. 

What additional costs are associated with the program? 

Tuition and fees are based on the number of credit hours taken and is set by the University.  

There is an online fee for each course, when appropriate. 

Additionally, books and supplies for the first semester can range from $1,000-$1,500 or higher. Other semesters, books can range from $250-$500. All nursing books are used throughout the program.  

There is a uniform fee of approximately $200 for the first semester.  

There is a program fee each semester of approximately $300, which is prorated for part-time students.  

There is a standardized testing fee of approximately $200 per semester for students in the ASN or LPN-ASN program.  

Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from clinical. 

Students will need a laptop computer or tablet (see computer requirements).  Specific requirements will be provided to students when admitted to the program. 

At graduation, the cost of licensure and to take the NCLEX-RN exam is approximately $300. 

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) minimum composite score of 60. 

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 the TEAS test? 

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

TEAS Test Format Overview

Section Time Limit (Minutes Number of Questions
Reading 58 48
Mathematics 51 34
Science 66 54
English and Language Use 34 34

 

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

What scores do I need on the TEAS exam? 

The TEAS score needed for program consideration is a minimum composite score of 60. 

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

The TEAS test can be taken at any of the following:

TEAS Test Can Be Taken At

Notes

Fairmont State University

For more information regarding dates, times, cost, registration and process please visit the following website: 

https://www.fairmontstate.edu/academics/lead-center/teas-exam

Assessment Technologies Inc. (ATI)

Exam is taken remotely.  You will need to pay to have your score sent to Fairmont State University.  For more information visit the following website:  https://www.atitesting.com/teas/register

At another University

Have scores sent to Fairmont State TEAS.  There is a charge to have your scores sent to Fairmont State University.

 

If I take the TEAS exam at another site how do I get scores sent to Fairmont State University 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 exam? 

 

You may take the TEAS test twice in any calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). 

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 2022 or spring 2023 term, your TEAS scores are good if taken on, or after, August 1, 2020. 

 

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

 

The Tutorial Services Center in the Library on the main campus provides tutoring services.  

 

 

ATI TEAS Prep Products are available https://www.atitesting.com/teas-prep 

 

Do you accept transfer students from other nursing programs? 

Transfer students may be accepted from other nursing programs depending on available spots in classes, previous course work, and performance on select exams for each course. 

Can I work full time during the program? 

Our program is rigorous and fast-past format that requires a lot of time and energy.  Many of our students work during the program, some may choose not to. 

You may be able to fit the coursework around your work schedule; however, we do not recommend students work full time. 

How will I know my admission status? 

Students admitted to the program will receive a series of letters regarding your admission status to the program. 

Is there an orientation to the program? 

New students are required to attend a university orientation program. 

Students admitted to the nursing program are required to attend a mandatory School of Nursing orientation program.  The orientation is normally held the Friday prior to the beginning of classes. 

What are the best classes for me to take in high school to prepare me for nursing school? 

You should enroll in the most challenging college preparation courses your high school offers; especially in the areas of science, English, and math. 

What should I do if I have questions? 

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