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The Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program is fully accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBOERN) and is accredited, but has given a two-year warning, by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses Accreditation 

The WVBOERPN state board of nursing is a government agency charged with the mandatory regulation of nursing practice and accreditation of schools of nursing. The board protects the public by ensuring that standards of nursing practice are met, and nurses are competent in their practice.  The WVBOERPN is charged with accrediting nurse practice education programs.  It is mandatory that each nursing program in West Virginia obtain and maintain accreditation with the WVBOERPN. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has comprehensive information about the roles and responsibilities of the board. For more information on one of the individual state boards of nursing, go to:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 

“The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) supports the interests of nursing education, nursing practice, and the public, by the functions of accreditation. “Accreditation is a voluntary, self-regulatory process by which non-governmental associations recognize educational institutions or programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for educational quality” (ACEN, 2014).  Accreditation also assists in the further improvement of the institution or its programs, as related to resources invested, processes followed, and results achieved.  Students benefit from accreditation by qualifying to attend other accredited schools when pursuing higher degrees, and by also having a competitive edge in the job market. 

The BSN Program is accredited (with warning) by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Having our on-going accreditation placed on warning status means that concerns were identified during an accreditation visit in 2013 that required attention and further development.  When a program is placed on warning it is awarded accreditation for a shorter period than is otherwise typical, and is subject to a full site visit in two years following the most recent comprehensive program evaluation. Not receiving full accreditation for this program is unprecedented by the University. The nursing program has had a long history of NLN and NLNAC accreditation, holding continued accreditation status since 1987. It is the belief of the BSN faculty that our nursing program is outstanding, and we are proud of the successes we have had to-date.

National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses 

BSN nursing students are eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for RN’s (NCLEX-RN). Our passage rates have been and are still above WV State and National Averages.  In 2013, the state of WV average was 80%, and the national passage rate was 83%.  The University of Charleston’s passage rate was 88%. Our four year NCLEX-RN average passage rate is 96%.  

The program is fully accredited by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. 

The BSN program is working diligently to meet all ACEN standards by Fall 2015, when the next evaluation visit is scheduled.  If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Josephine A. Kahler, BSN Chair,

Complete accreditation confirmation is available at:

West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses
101 Dee Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Phone 404-975-5000
Fax       404-975-5020 

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