Southern's nursing program is in Logan, where 90 students are admitted each year; in the Kanawha Valley, at the Rehab Hospital at Institute, where 24 students are admitted every other year; and in Moorefield, where 16 students are admitted evey other year. Southern also offers A.A.S. programs in Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Technology, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology, and will begin offering a Respiratory Therapy program fall 2006.
Everyone at Southern has worked very hard to be the best. This includes all programs. Yes, St. Mary's and Bluefield consistently have high pass rates. They both are very good schools.
Don't limit your application to just one program. Apply to as many as you can. If you get admitted to multiple program you will be able to choose the one that is best for you.
As for the MSN, you can graduate from the associate degree program, pass the NCLEX-RN and go directly into WVU's MSN. You will finish in 3 years, the program is totally on-line, except for the support courses.
I started with an associate degree in nursing, worked several years before going back to school. I obtained a BSN and an MSN from WVU. The ADN program was the best option for me right out of high school. Without the opportunity to achieve my first degree I would never be where I am today.