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West Virginia State will not graduate their firt class until this May. It is a very new program.
Noryn, what year did you graduate from Southern? I graduated in 1977 and you are right Southern was not a very good program for several years. It took a lot of hard work, dedication, and wonderful faculty to gain the reputation of "best program in WV".
Many people still do not know how good the program is, 100% pass rate last year and passage in the 90's and 100 for the past several years. Southern has sites in Logan, Kanawha Valley, and Moorefield.
I am extremely proud to say I am a graduate of Southern!
Actually WV state has already graduated at least 3 classes. I am due to graduate this May. It is a very good school. I believe every class has had over 90% first time NCLEX passing rate. Hopefully that holds true for my class as well.
I agree with getting as many prerequisites out of the way as possible. I did that myself, and I am not sure if I would have made it this far otherwise. It is a very intense program. The teachers are all very good for the most part. Try and get ahead now if you are able. Buy some basic nursing books or borrow one from someone you know, and do your best to stay ahead of the game. You will be required to have an 80% to pass (as with most nursing programs). Classes are broken into 5 week sessions. The first 10 weeks are easy for the most part. The third 5 weeks are a big change. It steps up a little at this point, so if you were able to study ahead this is where it'll start paying off.
The fourth 5 weeks is the beginning of the second semester. It will be much more difficult than the first semester, and you will have to start pre-planning for clinicals. This usually takes me from 4-6 hours the night before clinicals, so don't plan on doing anything else. You will go to the hospital and collect the following: Labs which you will need to interpret, Medications which you will need to make cards for, and pathophysiology of the patient's illness.
The third semester is pretty much the same as the second.
The fourth semester is the same for the first 7 weeks, except you will have an extra day of clinical. You will hopefully have the same patients both days though, which means only one day of pre-planning. After this you start preceptorships. That is the point we are getting into, so I don't know much more than that. Let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to offer any advise you might need.