WEST VIRGINIA NURSING LICENSE
Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the West Virginia State Board of Nursingbefore applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/21/2015
|Nursing Licenses in West Virginia||Master’s Required?|
|Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)||Y|
|Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)||Y|
|Nurse Practitioner (NP)||Y|
|Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)||Y|
|Registered Nurse (RN)||N|
West Virginia Nursing Salary Average
Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.
There are many paths to become a nurse in West Virginia. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of 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 licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in West Virginia, please let us know!
Compact State Status
West Virginia is not a Nursing Licensure Compact State.
West Virginia Prescriptive Authority
Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule III-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician with limitations on supply and refill. A $125 Application Fee is required. Completion of an accredited pharmacology course and 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy are required. 8 hours of pharmacotherapeutics per renewal cycle are also required.
West Virginia Nursing Licensure Renewal
Registered nurse (R.N.) licenses renew annually no later than October 31. Advanced practice nurses need only renew the R.N. license ($35 fee) and prescriptive authority, if needed. Renewal reminders are mailed out in April for prescriptive authority and in September for the R.N. license to the address on file with the board. Licenses may be renewed online starting in middle to late August. Proof of 12 credit hour continuing education (CE) completion and work hours must be kept on file by the nurse. The board completes 30 audits each month and will require proof if the nurse is selected for audit.
Advanced Practice Nursing- Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Certified Nurse Midwife,Clinical Nurse Specialist in West Virginia
Master’s Degree or Higher from an Approved Nurse Practitioner Program
Varies for Different Certifications
$35 Application Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)
Certification as a nurse practitioner in the specialty consistent with NP education from a national certifying body recognized by the West Virginia Board of Nursing. (American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Certification Corporation, American Nurses Credentialing Center, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, National Certification Corporation for the Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing Specialties, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board, American Midwife Certification Board (AMCB)
Varies with Certification
An Active Registered Nurse License Is Required for Application.
$35 Fee, Complete Endorsement Application
Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program
$70 Application Fee, $200 Exam Fee
$65 Annual Renewal Fee, due in October
$100 Fee, Complete Endorsement Application