Fairmont State University’s Online RN-BSN Program Among Best in the State

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Fairmont State University’s online RN to BSN program has been recognized as one of the best in the state by RegisteredNursing.org. The nursing advocacy organization ranked the program third based on the quality of its curriculum and flexibility of its coursework. 

“This ranking is an acknowledgement of program excellence and faculty dedication to enhancing student learning, clinical judgment, problem solving and leadership skills,” said Dr. Laura Clayton, Dean of the School of Nursing. “Despite the program being offered online, the faculty maintain a close mentoring relationship with students.” 

According to RegisteredNursing.org, “programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students during school, towards licensure, and beyond.” This methodology includes measurable data such as accreditation status, the ratio of total nurse program completions vs. total program completions awarded by the institution, annual tuition and fees adjusted for cost of living, ratio of instructional faculty that are tenured, acceptance rate percentage and graduate rate at 150 percent of normal completion time. 

“The Fairmont State School of Nursing has a longstanding reputation of excellence,” said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “Our faculty take great pride in educating bright and capable nurses who gain the skills to thrive as healthcare professionals, and this ranking is a direct reflection of the efforts and care of our exceptional teacher-mentors in our School of Nursing.”

Clayton said that the University’s online RN to BSN program affords students the ability to engage in diversified coursework while enabling them to tend to life’s other responsibilities.  

“Our RN to BSN program provides students with real-world experiences through flexible project-based assignments and practicums,” said Clayton. “The curriculum builds on the student’s ASN program by providing coursework in areas such as healthcare technology and informatics, evidence-based practice, population health, nursing leadership, and healthcare systems.”  

RegisteredNursing.org is an organization comprised of registered nurses who care deeply about the profession and provide the resources future nurses need to succeed. For the full list of rankings, visit www.registerednursing.org/rn-to-bsn/west-virginia/

Fairmont State offers a traditional ASN program, LPN to ASN program and a RN to BSN program. The ASN programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the WV  Board of Nursing. The RN to BSN program is  accredited by the  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The School of  Nursing also offers a School Nurse Certification,  accredited  by the WV Department of Education.