LPN to Associate Degree in Nursing (Advanced Placement)

LPN to Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) advanced placement program allows completion in three semesters saving you time and money. 

Davis & Elkins College, Division of Nursing will prepare you to be an RN in the rewarding field of nursing. Our LPN to Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN) is the right program for you if you are looking to complete your degree and pass your licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) in a year and a half. The program is not online, it is on-campus with in-person instruction and onsite clinical training in various locations.


  • Quick  – Complete the program in 3 semesters with our advanced placement program. 
  • 100% NCLEX-RN Rate (2017-2021) – Be prepared to pass your licensing exam (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN. 
  • 100% Job Placement – Find a job with your degree because employers like to hire D&E Nurses. Your reputation will proceed you! 
  • Affordable – Apply for scholarships and 0% financing! The return on investment in your nursing career will pay for its self quickly. 
  • Accredited Program – Your degree is backed by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is board approved by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. 
  • Tenured and Experienced Faculty  – Our faculty and instructors will prepare you for your career as a Registered Nurse. We care that you will be known as a D&E Nurse, not just an RN. 


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Get Your LPN to ASN at D&E

“Going back to school in my 40’s made me worry about a learning curve. The LPN to ASN was difficult. I had been out of school for many years but the professors helped me adapt things to ensure I got the most out of classes. They are real people that care about what is going on in your lives outside of school. They moved mountains for me and others in class. That is something I will always remember!”

Roberta Troxal, RN, BSN Class of 2016.

“I chose D&E’s LPN to ASN program because of the relationships I saw my mother gain from the program. The extra care the professors gave to each of their students was amazing! My biggest concern was juggling an existing career as an LPN and school to further that career as an RN, the school truly thinks about that. They understand life happens and they work with it. I couldn’t have chosen a better program, and I couldn’t have had better professors!” Stormie Troxal, RN, BSN Class of 2019

The Associate Degree in Nursing curriculum combines selections from the liberal arts and related cognates with courses from the professional major. Students are guided in the development of critical thinking and decision making skills. 


The faculty of the Division of Nursing of Davis & Elkins College supports the beliefs and general purposes of the College. The mission of the Division of Nursing is in concert with the College’s mission “To prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world.” The mission of the Division of Nursing is to provide its students with a personalized quality education designed to prepare its graduates to practice as registered nurses and to provide a foundation for lifelong learning and future professional development.


The Davis & Elkins College nursing faculty ascribes to the core competencies for nursing and nursing education identified by the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project. The competencies are noted with italics in the following statement of philosophy.

  • While firmly based in science and the arts, the essence of nursing is caring and compassionate patient-centered care.
  • Ethical standards, respect for individual dignity, and consideration of cultural context are implicit in the practice of patient-centered care.
  • The nurse advocates for patients and families in ways that promote self-determination, integrity, and ongoing growth as human beings.
  • Nursing care is provided in collaboration with the patient, the family and members of the health care team.
  • The nurse displays a spirit of inquiry by examining evidence to improve quality of care, promote safety and improve patient outcomes.
  • Nursing judgment is integral to making competent decisions related to the provision of safe and effective nursing care.
  • Information essential to nursing care is communicated via a variety of technological and human means.

The adoption of these key philosophical components fosters the development of the nurse’s professional identity.

Careers in Nursing

Nursing is one of today’s most challenging careers for men and women. Your career will be filled with endless personal and professional rewards. By using skills that blend scientific knowledge with compassion and caring, you will make a difference in someone’s life every day. This is an exciting time to enter the profession. The current nursing shortage and the aging population will create a need for more nurses. It is predicted that by 2020, there will be 434,000 vacant positions in nursing nationwide. Within six months, 100 percent of D&E Nursing graduates are employed. Some area facilities that hire our graduates include: 

  • Cortland Acres, Thomas 
  • Davis Medical Center, Elkins
  • Mountain Hospice, Elkins
  • Randolph-Elkins Health Department, Elkins
  • West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital, Buckhannon
  • Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital Weston
  • West Virginia University Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown
  • Mon Health Mon General Hospital, Morgantown
  • West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center, Bridgeport

Many options in the nursing field make it a desirable profession. Choices include: travel nursing, home health, legal nurse consultant, forensic nursing, occupational health, school nursing, hospice, health educator, ambulatory care and more. Many nurses continue their education to become advanced practice nurses.


Several area hospitals offer nursing students the opportunity to participate in a nurse externship program. Nurse externs who have completed their first year of nursing earn as they learn during a 4-6-week summer program. Under the supervision of a Registered Nurse preceptor, externs get a first-hand learning experience. They increase knowledge and skills in patient assessment, clinical judgment, technical practice, organization, decision making and problem solving. Externs are exposed to a variety of clinical settings, and participate in the care and management of patients and families.



The associate degree nursing program is board approved by the West Virginia RN Board 5001 MacCorkle Ave. SW South Charleston, WV  25303, phone (304) 744-0900, email: rnboard@wv.gov

 Accreditation Disclosure

The associate degree nursing program at Davis & Elkins College located in Elkins, West Virginia is accredited by the:  Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA  30326

(404) 975-5000


The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the Associate degree nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.

View the public information disclosed by ACEN regarding this program at:



Course work in Davis & Elkins’ LPN to ADN program is designed to build on your LPN knowledge and give you a path to a degree in just three semesters.

Applicants who are Licensed Practical Nurses must meet the following requirements:

  1. Proof of licensure as a LPN;
  2. Submission of copies of all academic transcripts;
  3. Submission of two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the most current health care supervisor or instructor;
  4. College math placement testing into FND 112A or greater; and
  5. Achieve a score of 64% percent or better on the NLCEX Readiness PN (Remote Version Hyflex).  

Students may only take the exam two times per academic year. The academic year is defined as fall/spring/summer. Students have a maximum of two academic years at D&E to complete all the requirements prior to August 1 to be considered for admission to the nursing program. The LPN to ASN program begins in the Spring (January) semester each year. Therefore, a student has a maximum of 4 attempts on the NLCEX Readiness PN (Remote Version Hyflex) with a score of 64%.  Based on successful completion of this exam the student is awarded the following credit:

  • NURS 100A; Introduction to Nursing; 6 semester hours
  • NURS 107; Nutrition; 3 semester hours
  • NURS 108; Introduction to Pharmacology; 1 semester hour
  • BIOL 107; Anatomy; 4 semester hours
  • BIOL 108; Physiology; 4 semester hours
  • PSYC 200; Life Span Development; 3 semester hours
  • Electives; 3 semester hours

Total: 24 semester hours


Simulation experiences are available to students at the D&E Science Center Nursing Labs and the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning on the campus of Davis Medical Center.

The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning, created by the collaboration between Davis Medical Center and Davis & Elkins College, was dedicated on November 6, 2017.  Benefitting D&E’s students and DMC staff nurses, the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning is equipped with four Gaumard high-fidelity simulators and one Laerdal mid-fidelity simulator, each with a computerized patient monitoring system.  One outpatient and three inpatient simulated rooms are available for use.  The D&E Science Center Nursing Labs have two Gaumard high-fidelity simulators, one birthing baby, and three Laderdal mid-fidelity simulators, each with a computerized patient monitoring system. 

Various simulation scenarios allow students to assess and manage patients and identify and prioritize problems and key interventions.  D&E students perform clinical rotations at The Center for Advanced Clinical Learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the fall and spring semesters.  The simulators are available to the DMC education department at all other times.

The Division of Nursing maintains working agreements with area health care facilities to provide clinical experience for nursing students.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Autumn Lake Healthcare at Crystal Springs
  • Davis Medical Center
  • Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center
  • West Virginia Caring
  • West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center
  • William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital

Preceptorship facilities include:

  • Broaddus Hospital
  • Davis Medical Center
  • Mon Health Preston Memorial Hospital
  • Mon Health Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Mountain Hospice
  • Pocahontas Memorial Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine United Hospital Center
  • William R. Sharpe, Jr. Hospital
  • West Virginia University Medicine Garrett Regional Medical Center  
  • West Virginia University Medicine J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital

Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses’ Association
The Davis & Elkins College Student Nurses’ Association (DESNA) is a pre-professional organization for nursing and pre-nursing students. Membership in this organization is required for all students in the nursing program at Davis & Elkins College. The faculty feels that involvement and participation in the student organization will groom students for involvement in professional organizations as a graduate. It prepares them to be responsible, accountable members of the profession of nursing. As a member of DESNA the student has the opportunity to also become a member of the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA). Some of the benefits realized from this membership include: