Nursing Programs

Become a Nurse at Davis & Elkins College

Preparing you to lead. Inspiring you to make a difference.

Welcome to the Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing!

In this division, our nursing programs live out the D&E way every day. Nursing instructors get to know you like family – your name, your course load, interests and career aspirations – and work hard to help you reach your professional goals.

Part of our job is to prepare you for the NCLEX-RN exam to become an RN (registered nurse). An 80% passing rate is the national standard. Our board certification passing rate has been 100% for three years in a row (2017, 2018, and 2019) with 100% job placement.

How do we do it? We invest in you.

If you’re involved in student organizations or athletics, we work around your busy schedule.

We connect you with the medical community through the D&E Student Nursing Association (DESNA), and through our partnership with Davis Medical Center, a strong partner that provides you with state-of-the-art facilities and tools for dynamic hands-on learning.

D&E nursing students are leading the way in this exciting and fulfilling field. Learn from our division chair, Dr. Huixin Wu, below.

Dale Harlan, ’21, A.S.N.

I highly recommend D&E Nursing as the school of choice to obtain your bachelor’s degree. The campus is beautiful, the nursing program is phenomenal, the teachers are great, and the nursing staff are like family. If I had a choice to obtain my bachelor’s degree – D&E would be my number one choice. The D&E nursing program rocks and helped mold me into the nurse I am today.

Annie Thorne, RN, Advisory council Member

A Message from Dr. Huixin Wu, Chair, Division of Nursing

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Dear prospective nursing student

Being a nurse over 20 years, I’m thrilled to see more caring and enthusiastic young people who want to help those in need, advocate for our patients, and improve the population health of our community, our country, and the whole world. Here is what awaits you in this exciting profession:

  • As a nurse, you’ll be trusted. According to Gallup’s annual poll, nursing has been the most trusted profession in the U.S. every year for nearly two decades.
  • You’ll be rewarded for your work. Based on 2017 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median national salary for RNs (with a bachelor’s degree) is $70,000.
  • A bachelor’s degree opens the most possibilities. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN), you could work at a Magnet hospital or in the military; function as a nurse manager, case manager, research nurse, and more. (See below.)
  • However, it is challenging to become a successful nursing student. That’s why we offer two-year ASN, one-year online RN-BSN, and four-year BSN program options to fit your life, finances, and career development needs.

If you enjoy studying in a private NCAA Division II college with a beautiful rural campus, many recreational opportunities, super friendly faculty and staff, and a small faculty-student ratio, Davis & Elkins College is a good fit for you. 

We are here to help you to make your nursing dream come true. Please feel free to contact my colleagues or me if you want to explore the potential of your future nursing career. See contact information below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Dr. Huixin Wu, DNP, MBA, RN, CCRN, CCNS
Chair – Division of Nursing | Director -Bachelor’s Nursing Programs |  Associate Professor of Nursing

Choose the Right Program for You
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The Davis & Elkins BSN is a competitive program for students who want to go far in their nursing career. 

BSN program graduates emerge prepared to serve and lead in hospitals, home care services, the military and educational settings. Exciting opportunities include management, research and case management.

Prepare for Graduate Studies

A BSN is a prerequisite for graduate programs, through which you could become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), such as:

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)
  • Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) 
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) 

Or pursue other nursing career choices, such as informatics nurse, forensic nurse, nurse scientist, and nursing professor.

D&E provided the foundation from which I have built my nursing career. The exceptional staff and culture at the College prepared me for my current role as an advanced practice nurse practitioner. From the valuable education to lifelong friendships I developed there, Davis & Elkins College will always hold a special piece of my heart. – Chris Reece, MSN FNP-C

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Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

An ASN from Davis & Elkins will prepare you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become an RN. 

This opens doors to new opportunities and increased pay (compared to LPN-level roles) in hospitals, home care services, private practice doctor’s offices and insurance providers.

“I would recommend D&E’s nursing program to anyone interested in becoming a RN. The ratio of students to professor was small, which was extremely helpful when I needed extra help understanding something. They cared about my performance and I was not just a number. I’m so very thankful for the experience I had as a nursing student at D&E.” – Cassie Shiflet, RN, Class of 2013

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RN to BSN Online

The RN to BSN online program is designed for busy working professionals seeking increased pay and exciting opportunities such as management, research and case management.

This NLN CNEA-accredited program is fully online, requiring only two courses at a time per 8-week period so you can earn your BSN within a year.

“I obtained both my Associate’s and my Bachelor’s in Nursing from D&E. Being a non-traditional student and going back to school for my second career was challenging. Having attended courses at other institutions, I was impressed by the quality and commitment of the nursing professors to teach and mentor their students. There was not one time when any of them would not drop what they were doing to assist a student. The high expectations and requirements of the program guarantee that each student is receiving a solid nursing foundation.” – David Gidley, BSN, RN & Senior Charge Nurse, Emergency Department, Class of 2012

You will also emerge prepared to take on graduate studies. See “Prepare for Graduate Studies” under Bachelor of Science in Nursing above for benefits of a graduate degree.

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Learn More About the D&E Division of Nursing

Philosophy guiding nursing education at D&E
History of our division
Core competencies we develop in our students
Externship opportunities
Accreditation information

D&E Division of Nursing Mission

In concert with D&E’s mission to “prepare and inspire students for success and for thoughtful engagement in the world,” the Division of Nursing seeks 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.

What Employers Are Saying…

I have found that the graduates from D&E are committed, professional, and prepared post-graduation. the nursing department faculty at d&e are superb and truly care about their individual students and their success! as my alma mater, d&E holds a special place in my heart

Lesa Corley, BSN RN, Director of Nursing, Broaddus Hospital