CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new program at the University of Charleston will allow registered nurses to receive their bachelor of science in nursing degrees entirely online.
The 18-month program will address the state's decline of nurses educated at the baccalaureate level, said UC RN-BSN Program Coordinator Duane Napier.
Only 31 percent of nurses in the state have a BSN, according to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.
"No matter where nurses live or work in the state, they can attend our program completely online," Napier said in a press release.
The program will begin this spring and will offer two tracks: leadership or case management.
The case management track is new and will help students navigate the Affordable Care Act.
Interested students must have an unencumbered nursing license and at least a 2.5 grade-point average.
Registered nurses will be able to transfer up to 90 credit hours into the program, meaning they may only have to complete an additional 30 hours in order to earn their BSN through the program.