MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia Junior College’s first class of nurses will graduate Oct. 12, at the Metropolitan Theatre in downtown Morgantown.
The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. Dr. David Lawrence, Mon General Emergency Department’s medical director, will be the keynote speaker.
The graduates completed their two-year Nursing Associate’s Degree program Sept. 19.
“We’re so proud of this first group of outstanding individuals,” said WVJC Morgantown Campus President Patricia Callen. “The nursing program is very difficult, and it requires an extensive amount of time, effort and work.”
WVJC Morgantown Nursing Program Director Faith Campbell, M.S.N., R.N., said becoming a Registered Nurse is one of the most challenging things a nurse will do in his or her lifetime.
“[The nurses] literally give up two years of their lives to complete this program,” Campbell said. “Tears come to my eyes when I see their excitement as they accept their new positions.”
Upon graduation with an associate’s degree in nursing, students are prepared to take the licensing exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN).
Nursing programs are extremely challenging in order to adequately prepare the graduates to take, and pass, the West Virginia Board of Nursing Licensure Examination, she added. The graduates will sit for their exams later this year or early 2014.
The WVJC Morgantown campus is now enrolling for the 2014 Nursing Class.
West Virginia Junior College is located on 148 Willey Street in downtown Morgantown. For those who are interested in applying for the program, or would like more information, visit www.wvjc.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-296-8282.