Academics Information

Academic Information

Academic Programs, Instructional Facilities and Faculty

Information regarding the College’s various educational programs can be found here. Information regarding the College’s instructional facilities can be found here. Information regarding the College’s faculty can be found here.

Accreditation, Approval and Licensure of Institution and Programs


 The Davis & Elkins College Division of Nursing wishes to announce that it will host a site visit for continuing accreditation of its associate degree nursing program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

You are invited to meet with the site visit team and share your comments about the program in person at a meeting scheduled at 4pm on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in room 300 of the Eshleman Science Center located at 100 Campus Drive, Elkins WV  26241.

 You are in invited to attend in person or via Go To Meeting 

Information for Other Participants:

 You can also dial in using your phone.

United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679

United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Access Code: 699-187-725

 Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to: 

Dr. Marsal Stoll, Chief Executive Officer

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nurisng

3390 Peachtree Road Northeast, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326

Or email:

 All written comments should be received by the ACEN by March 21, 2022


The associate degree nursing program is board approved by the West Virginia RN Board.

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:

The Davis & Elkins College Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program, delivered via distance education, is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037.

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (Board) in session on June 7, 2019 approved the Davis & Elkins College traditional 4-year Pre-licensure Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Degree program site visit report verifying the application contents and resources and provisionally approves the program to admit 30 students annually and requires national nursing accreditation progress reports 30 days prior to a scheduled Board meeting.

The National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) Board of Commissioners granted the BSN program pre-accreditation status on October 22, 2020. The pre-accreditation status is effective for three years, beginning October 16, 2020 and terminating October 31, 2023.

The NLN Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA)
2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 909-2526

Effective July 12, 2021, the BSN program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 12, 2023.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

Title IV HEA programs

In response to Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) issued by the US Department of Education, Davis & Elkins College is currently determining the states in which our curriculum meets the standard for professional licensure and certification.  Updates will be provided as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Huixin Wu, Chair of the Division of Nursing and the Director of the Bachelor’s Nursing Programs, at (304) 637-1375 or or Melissa McCoy, Director of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, at (304) 637-1207 or mccoym@dewv.eduClick here to for a list of states to determine if our curriculum meets the state educational requirements for initial professional RN licensure.

Davis & Elkins College is a member of NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements). The College will work to resolve any complaints arising from its students in SARA states with the WVHEPC (West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission) and agrees to abide by the decisions of the WVHEPC regarding the resolution of such complaints. The WVHEPC serves as the SARA portal entity and a link to its complaint process can be found here.

The theater program at Davis & Elkins College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST).

Davis & Elkins College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, U.S.A. Click here for a listing of programs accredited by the IACBE. Click here to view Public Disclosure of Student Achievement 2021-22.

Davis & Elkins College is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Davis & Elkins College is affiliated with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the American Council on Education, the Appalachian College Association, the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the College Board, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, the Great Midwest Athletic Conference, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II), National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and West Virginia Independent Colleges and Universities.

Transfer of Credit Policy/Articulation Agreements and Transfer Credit Evaluation Criteria and Guidelines

Information regarding the transfer of credit, credit evaluation criteria, and guidelines can be found in the College Catalog here.

This information pertains to

  • students entering D&E as transfer students
  • students currently matriculated at D&E

Student Outcomes

Retention Rates

The table below presents the first-to-second-year retention rate for each incoming class of first-time/first-year students.

Year Incoming Returning Retention %
2015 to 2016 213 134 62.91%
2016 to 2017 221 150 67.87%
2017 to 2018 236 148 62.71%
2018 to 2019 196 125 63.78%
2019 to 2020 213 144 67.61%

Graduation Rates

Pell Grant Recipient Graduation Rates

Total Pell Grant Recipients for Fall 2013 Incoming Students 107
Pell Grant Recipients in 2013 Cohort 74
Pell Grant Recipients in 2013 Cohort who Graduated* 25
Graduation Rate of 2013 Cohort Pell Grant Recipients* 34%
Total Pell Grant Recipients of 2013 Incoming Students who Graduated** 31
Graduation Rate for all 2013 Incoming Student Pell Grant Recipients** 29%

* First-time, full-time students who began their studies in Fall 2013 and received a degree or award within 150 percent of “Normal Time” to completion for their program. Using IPEDS definitions.
**Graduation rate for all Fall 2013 Pell Grant recipients. Using IPEDS definitions.

Intercollegiate Athletics Graduation Rates for Students Receiving Athletically Related Student Aid

Davis & Elkins annually calculates the graduation rate for new, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates receiving athletically related student aid. The student-athlete graduation rate, calculated directly based on IPEDS-GRS (which is the methodology the U.S. Department of Education requires), is the proportion of first-year, full-time student-athletes who entered a school on institutional aid (whether athletics-based aid or otherwise) and graduated from that institution within six years. This federal rate does not account for students who transfer from their original institution and graduate elsewhere; they are considered non-graduates at both the college they left and the one from which they eventually graduate. The rates are available

Post Graduate Survey (Placement in Employment, Job Placement, and Graduate and Professional Education)

Davis & Elkins College periodically surveys graduates and works with partners to determine the types of employment of our graduates.

RN Licensure Pass Rates

The program’s 3-year mean for the licensure exam pass rate will be at or above the national mean for the same 3-year period.

Year NCLEX-RN Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2010 92.59% 87.42%
2011 89.47% 87.90%
2012 85.71% 90.34%
2013 86.96% 83.04%
2014 71.79% 81.79%
2015 85.71% 86.75%
2016 72.14% ADN Program;                  none tested LPN-ADN Program 84.56%
2017 100% ADN Program;
100% LPN-ADN Program
2018 100% ADN Program;
100% LPN-ADN Program
2019 100% ADN Program;                      100% LPN-ADN Program 88.18%
2020  84.21% ADN Program;                           100% LPN-ADN Program 86.58%
2021 90.48% ADN Program;                          100% LPN-ADN Program 82.48%


ADN Program Completion Rates

The program goal is 70 percent of nursing admissions will graduate within three years of entering the program.

ACEN program completion rate definition changed 7/9/21
Program length is congruent with College, West Virginia State Board standards, and ACEN guidelines.

The ASN program will complete on-time; 70% of students who begin
in the ASN program will ultimately complete.
• 70% of all students who begin in NURS 100A will complete the traditional program option on-time within four academic semesters.
• 70% of all students who begin in NURS 101A will complete the LPN-ASN program option on-time within three academic semesters.

Year Program Completion Rate
2013 72%
2014 95%
2015 73%
2016 70%
2017 80% ADN Program;                                72.7% LPN-ADN Program;                    76.9% aggregated as a whole
2018 72.7% ADN Program;                              62.5% LPN-AND Program;                       70% aggregated as a whole

73.9%ADN Program;                              58.3% LPN-ADN Program;  68.5% aggregated as a whole


65.5% ADN Program;
85.7% LPN-ADN Program;
69.4% aggregated as a whole

2021 69.2% ASN program;
77.8% LPN-ASN program;
71.4% aggregated as a whole


ADN Program Job Placement Rate

The program goal is that 75% of graduates will be employed in health care within six months following graduation.

Year Job Placement Rate
2011 90% employed
2012 100% employed
2013 100% employed
2014 100% employed
2015 88% employed
2016 100% employed
2017 100% employed
2018 100% employed
2019 100% employed
2020 100% employed
2021 100% employed

RN-BSN Program Completion Rates

The program goal is for 90 percent of nursing admission students who enter the program to graduate within one year of entering the program.

Year Program Completion Rate
2015 87.5%
2016 75%
2017 87.1%
2018 52.1%
2019 76.3%
2020NW 91.7%

RN-BSN Program Job Placement Rate

The program goal is for 100 percent of students to be employed after completing the program.

Year Program Completion Rate
2015 100%
2016 100%
2017 100%
2018 100%
2019 100%
2020NW 100%

Teacher Preparation Program Report

The Davis & Elkins College Teacher Preparation Program Report is available here.

The Professional Licensure Disclosure is available here.