Become a Nurse in West Virginia - APRN, RN, LPN Licensure

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the West Virginia RN Board or the West Virginia LPN Board before applying for licensure. Last updated: 4/6/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in West Virginia
Nursing Licenses in West Virginia Master's Required?
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Yes
Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No

West Virginia Nursing Salaries

West Virginia Nursing Salaries
WV Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Charleston Annual Mean Wage Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Annual Mean Wage Morgantown Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $37,500 $39,290 $39,430 $37,420
Registered Nurse $63,220 $63,870 $64,240 $65,800
Nurse Practitioner $103,170 $111,720 $97,460 $94,510
Nurse Anesthetist $188,580 $211,960 $169,650 $204,040

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates West Virginia in April 2020.

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 info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

West Virginia is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

West Virginia Prescriptive Authority

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.

Fees:

  • $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.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in West Virginia

Education: Accredited program of registered professional nursing education.

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $70 Application Fee for Licensure by Examination
  • $100 Fee for Licensure by Endorsement Without Temporary Permit
  • $125 Fee for Licensure by Endorsement With Temporary Permit
  • $25 Fee for Licensure by Endorsement With 90-Day Temporary Permit Only
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: RNs may pursue licensure by endorsement in West Virginia by verification from the original licensing state.

Renewal: Registered nurse licenses in West Virginia expire annually on October 31. Twelve contact hours of continuing education are required for renewal.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN_ in West Virginia

Education: Accredited program of practical nursing

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $75 Application Fee for Licensure by Examination
  • $50 Application Fee for Licensure by Endorsement
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: LPNs may pursue licensure by endorsement in West Virginia by verification from the original licensing state.

Renewal: Licensed practical nurse licenses in West Virginia expire annually on June 30. A total of 24 contact hours and 400 hours of practice as an LPN is required in each two year reporting period.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information on the APRN and RN licenses in West Virginia was retrieved from the West Virginia RN Board. Information for LPN license in West Virginia was retrieved from the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses.

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  • Earn your MS in Nursing in as few as 19 months
  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
  • Gain hands-on clinical experience in evidence-based practice
Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
Earn your MSN online from USC's Top-Ranked School of Social Work.
  • Prepares RNs to pursue board certification as family nurse practitioners
  • Earn a CCNE-accredited MSN in as few as 21 months
  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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