Program Description

The BA/BS to BSN Program provides individuals with a Bachelors of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree the opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) in 16 months of full-time study.

This program will be housed on the South Charleston campus. Classes will be a mix of day, afternoon, and evening classes. Some of these classes are taught in person on the South Charleston campus and some are taught on the Huntington campus and televised to South Charleston via Microsoft Teams. A few classes will be online (100% asynchronous) or hybrid (a mix of asynchronous online and televised to South Charleston via Microsoft Teams).

Admission Criteria

  1. Earned baccalaureate degree from an accepted, accredited higher education institution.
  2. A minimum overall college GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in required pre-requisite courses, both on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Applicants with less than an overall college 3.0 GPA or cumulative 3.0 GPA in required prerequisite courses may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis, as capacity allows.
  4. The BA/BS to BSN program does not accept credits from previous nursing courses taken; accordingly, 100% of the nursing credits for the BA/BS to BSN degree will be earned at Marshall University.
  5. Applicants must be admitted to Marshall University, as degree-seeking transfer students, prior to applying to the BA/BS to BSN program.
  6. All required pre-requisite non-nursing courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.
    Pre-requisite courses include English Composition (6); Marshall University Math 121 or higher (or equivalent) (3); Introductory Psychology (3); Introductory Chemistry (3); Developmental Psychology (3) or Human Growth and Development (3); Human Anatomy (3-4); Human Physiology (3-4); Microbiology (3-4); Statistics at 200 level or higher (3); and Nutrition (3)


Applications for the BA/BS to BSN Program are considered for admission for the spring semester only, and all materials must be received in the Marshall University Admissions Office and the School of Nursing prior to applicant review. For full consideration, the priority admission deadline is September 15 each year preceding the spring term. Admission is selective and competitive. Applications may be accepted and reviewed after September 15 at the discretion of the program. The total number of students admitted to the program is based on available clinical facilities and faculty.

1. Apply to Marshall University

2. Apply to BA/BS to BSN program
(Applications are not currently open.)

Required Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts to BOTH the university and the SON. Transcripts must be submitted as part of the admission criteria.

Office of Admissions

One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, West Virginia 25755
Telephone 1-800-642-3499 or 1-304-696-3160

School of Nursing Address:

Marshall University
School of Nursing BA/BS to BSN Program
One John Marshall Drive
Prichard Hall 421
Huntington, WV 25755

Other Important Notices when Applying

State Board of Nursing and Eligibility to sit for RN Examination

The State Board of Nursing may deny eligibility to sit for the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination to individuals who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony and persons with drug/chemical dependency. Admission to and graduation from the MU School of Nursing does not guarantee the applicant will be permitted to sit for the licensing examination. See the letter from the WV Board of Nursing for more information about criminal convictions and eligibility for licensure in West Virginia.

Background checks and Drug Screens

Prior to beginning clinical, students must complete a background check and drug screen. Based upon the findings, students may not be allowed to continue in the Nursing Program. Additionally, the School of Nursing may require students to submit to a drug screen upon reasonable suspicion or cause or may impose random drug testing for students undergoing treatment and/or rehabilitation for substance abuse. Facilities utilized for clinical may limit or prohibit students with criminal histories from participating in clinical experiences. Other options may not exist for the student to complete the required clinical hours in order to obtain a nursing degree. All drug screens and background checks are the financial responsibility of the student.

Travel Requirements

The School of Nursing utilizes multiple clinical agencies during the course of the Nursing Program. Some of these agencies are outside the immediate campus area. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation to all clinical sites utilized in the program. During the course of the program, students may be assigned to clinical experiences that may occur any time of the day and/or any day of the week.

Health Form and Immunizations

Prior to beginning the sophomore nursing courses, students must submit a completed health form and record of immunizations. Clinical agencies may require other immunizations and/or lab testing at any point in the curriculum, and it is the responsibility of the student to pay for these immunizations/tests and provide documentation as required.

Onboarding Costs

In the event that facilities charge any onboarding costs for student placement, it is the responsibility of the student to pay these charges.