There are many paths to becoming a nurse in West Virginia. The one you take will mostly depend on the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The more education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.
In addition to nursing salaries in West Virginia, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of West Virginia nursing licenses on this page. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in healthcare, it’s sometimes difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in West Virginia, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
According to the House Bill 4334 of West Virginia Legislature, Certified Nurse Practitioners, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Certified Nurse Midwives and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists may apply for prescriptive authority of controlled substances under schedule III to V in collaboration with physicians.
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in West Virginia
APRNs are defined in West Virginia as certified nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, certified registered nurse anesthetists, or clinical nurse specialists.
Education: Board-approved graduate-level education program
Examination: Varies according to specialty area
Certification Required: Varies according to specialty area, but must include Registered Nurse license.
$35 Application Fee
Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Experience: Varies according to specialty area
Renewal: APRN licenses expire June 30th of every odd year. APRNs must provide proof of at least 24 contact hours with 12 hours in pharmacotherapeutics, where 8 of those hours may be used for prescriptive authority renewal/reinstatement. The other 12 hours must be in clinical management of patients.