UC-Beckley to Start Associate Nursing Program

Feb 11, 2014

The University of Charleston has announced plans to start a 2-year associate degree in nursing program at
its Beckley campus.

At a news conference University of Charleston Regional President Jerry Forster said the school has notified the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses and will begin the accreditation process.

He says leaders at Raleigh General Hospital and Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare have conveyed the message that more nurses are needed to fill shortages.

Foster cites U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that say career opportunities for nurses were expected to grow nationally by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022.

UC started an online RN-BSN program last month  which allows licensed RNs to continue their education at UC to earn a bachelor of nursing.

UC-Beckley opened its doors in January, 2013, on the former campus of Mountain State University. MSU lost its accreditation, a process that was begun when its nursing program lost its accreditation.