- Out-of-state RN programs wishing to conduct clinical experiences in West Virginia must receive prior approval from the BON. To obtain approval, the following information must be provided:
- Evidence of approval in the home state; if the BON doesn't approve programs, then the program must have accreditation by a board-approved national accrediting body.
- Names and credentials of faculty members who will accompany students to West Virginia. Faculty accompanying students must have a current, active, unencumbered license in West Virginia, and an unencumbered license in all other states in which they are licensed.
- Names of clinical facilities, specific clinical units, and number and level of students in each.
- A signed letter of support from the facility's nurse administrator, speaking to availability of resources.
- A signed letter of support from the nurse administrator of each school of nursing within 25 miles of each facility, indicating that in-state students will not be displaced.
- Evidence that the home state permits nursing students to attend out-of-state clinicals. The West Virginia RN board already possesses this evidence from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Virginia.
Source: Out of State School of Nursing Approval Application
View West Virginia-RN's Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rules.
West Virginia-PN Requirements as a Host State
- Delivery of instruction by distance education methods must be consistent with the program curriculum plan. Students must meet the goals, competencies, and objectives of the educational program and standards of the board.
- Use of reputable “virtual clinical experiences” as found on the Internet, CD-ROM, or other electronic media may be used to supplement (not replace) physical clinical experiences.
- A faculty-student ratio of 1:10 must be maintained.
Source: West Virginia-PN's Nurse Practice Act and Administrative Rules.