If you are in Huntington or will be living on campus then Marshall or St. Mary's would be a great option. Huntington is a good 40 minutes from Charleston if not an hour. Plus with the traffic I wouldnt recommend the drive unless it was your last option. You will have little free time in nursing school
, plus you will be going to class/hospitals 4-5 days a week. As soon as the elections are over gas will be going back up so I just hate to see anyone travel if they dont have to.
When choosing a college to do nursing, contact the state board in wv, I think it is www.wvrnboard.com
and ask them to provide nclex passage rates for the local colleges. Look for the trends, what school consistently has the best passage rate. You really do need to research this because based on your choices you could pay 10,000 for a school that has a 95 percent rate or 50,000 for a school that has a 85 percent rate (this is just an example), so cost of tuition by no means is indicative of the quality of the program.
Again, the nursing program at WV state is brand new, so there is no information really about how good the program is in regards to preparing you for the nursing boards. University of Charleston is a great college but it is really really expensive. Unless you are very rich or get quite a bit financial aid I may consider other colleges for a nursing degree plus if they have lost their accreditation (I have not heard this) then that would probably be a good sign to stay away.
WVU also has a Charleston campus that has the nursing program. I still like what I have read about Southern, it is a good value with an excellent NCLEX passage rate.