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WVU Nursing School Nationally Ranked 

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The West Virginia University School of Nursing undergraduate nursing program has been named one of the top 100 nursing schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

In a ranking, WVU’s undergraduate nursing program ranked 86th out of the 656 programs considered, up from 93rd the previous year.

Tara Hulsey is the dean of the school of nursing and said WVU built its nursing program to fill the needs of West Virginia and credits the ranking to the staff.

“As land grant university, we really take that very seriously,” Hulsey said. “From a strategic standpoint, the programs that we offer are first and foremost based on the needs within the state of West Virginia. So, for example, our master’s programs, the newest ones that we started, the psych mental health and our nurse anesthetists program directly in response to needs within the state.”

WVU’s School of Nursing has five campuses, four of which offer the undergraduate program. Online learning opportunities are also available.

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