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Out of State Nursing Program Guide to Obtaining Clinical Rotations in West Virginia

Pre-Licensure Nursing Programs

All prelicensure nursing programs outside of West Virginia (WV) are required to seek approval from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses (WVRN Board) to complete clinical rotations in the state. To gain approval, schools must complete and return an Out of State School of Nursing Approval application (click here for the application).

Pre-Licensure nursing programs out of WV are also required to seek approval from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission if their institution is NOT engaged in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). To see if your institution is a participant, please click here. If your institution is a participant, you do not need to seek WVHEPC approval unless your institution seeks to send 10 or more students to a single site in West Virginia. If your institution is not a participant, you should contact Nikki Bryant at nikki.bryant@wvhepc.edu or 304.558.0261 extension 290.

If any out of state school wants to send 10 or more students to complete clinical rotations at a single site in WV at the same time, they must seek approval from both the WVRN Board and the WV HEPC. The WVRN Board requires that an Out of State School of Nursing Approval application is completed (click here for the application) and you should contact Nikki Bryant at nikki.bryant@wvhepc.edu or 304.558.0261 extension 290.

APRN Nursing Programs

APRN nursing programs outside of WV are required to seek approval to complete clinical rotations in the state from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission if their institution is not engaged in NC-SARA. To see if your institution is a participant, please click here. If your institution is a participant, you do not need to seek WVHEPC approval unless your institution seeks to send 10 or more students to a single site in West Virginia. If your institution is not a participant, you should contact Nikki Bryant at nikki.bryant@wvhepc.edu or 304.558.0261 extension 290.

APRN nursing students enrolled in nursing programs outside of WV are not required to seek approval from the WV RN Board to complete clinical rotations in the state.

All APRN students who wish to complete clinical rotations in WV must have a valid WV RN license if the student’s primary state of residence (PSOR) is in WV or eNLC RN multistate compact license if the student’s PSOR is outside of WV. All WV licensing applications are available in the nursing portal found here.