W. Va. Code R. § 135-59-15 - Nursing Career Pathways Policy

Current through Register Vol. XXXIX, No. 11, March 18, 2022

15.1. Nursing continues to offer multiple ways for students to enter the profession and has consistently advocated for creative and innovative opportunities for academic progression that meet the needs of a student population that is diverse along numerous dimensions. While it is certainly possible to change goals and directions, early consideration of the desired end point can provide helpful direction in selecting the most efficient and effective path to reaching career goals. The goal is to give students a clear picture of how to enter the profession and a shorter, more affordable way to progress through the education they need. The pathway includes dual or advanced placement credit for high school students when admitted to nursing programs in community and technical colleges or baccalaureate institutions, seamless transition to bachelor's completion degrees in nursing as needed, and employment opportunities as nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses along the pathway.
15.2. Student course credit earned through dual credit and/or early enrollment as part of the Nursing Pathway Program must be accepted by institutions as higher education credits counting toward credits specific to the major of nursing or nursing science. Completion of the nursing pathway shall be identified on the high school transcript. Students completing the nursing pathway shall also be in possession of the Therapeutic Services Certificate.
15.3. Dual credit or early enrollment courses in the Nursing Career Pathway are developed as required course credit according to West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Policy 2510 and WVDE Policy 2520.13. These courses include college-level freshmen English, college algebra or statistics, anatomy and physiology and general psychology. A list of approved dual credit/early enrollment courses may be found on the West Virginia Department of Education's website.
15.4. Students may also earn college-level credit for die Nursing Career Pathway and specific to the major of nursing or nursing science through Advanced Placement courses (AP) as stipulated under Section 8 of this rule.
15.5. Nothing in this rule shall prevent institutions from awarding additional dual credit/early enrollment/AP credit toward the Nursing Career Pathway as allowed under die institution's approved policies for awarding such credit.


W. Va. Code R. § 135-59-15

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