BSN Program Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for the nursing program? 

You can apply online beginning in August of each year. Applications are reviewed as received.

Students may continue to apply after the priority admission date and will be reviewed for admission. 

When does the program begin? 

The RN to BSN program accepts students each semester. 

How long does it take to complete the program? 

The RN to BSN program is 3 semesters. 

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? 

There is no limit to the RN-BSN program at present. 

Where are classes taught? 

The RB-BSN program is taught online with clinicals scheduled close to the student’s residence or place of employment, when possible. 

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

Students are required to complete the Fairmont State University core curriculum requirements and support courses in management and statistics.  Many of these courses are offered online and can be taken in conjunction with nursing courses. 

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. 

Additionally, books and supplies can range from $250-$1,000.  

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

What are the requirements for admission? 

Meet general admission and course placement requirements at Fairmont State University. 

Apply to the University and the College of Nursing designating the Baccalaureate of Nursing as the major field of study. 

Submit office college or diploma transcripts. 

Submit a copy of your RN license. 

Hold an active unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse as a pre-requisite for enrollment in NURS 3380 and above. 

Have an maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a C or above in all courses counted toward a BSN. 

Can I work full time during the program? 

Many of our students work full-time and have families.  Our program is rigorous and fast-past format that requires a lot of time and energy.   

How will I know my admission status? 

Students admitted to the RN-BSN program will complete an online orientation program. 

What should I do if I have questions? 

For more information, visit, or call the College of Nursing at 304-367-4133.