West Virginia University at Parkersburg
WVU Parkersburg dealing with overwhelming local interest in health care careers as a result of nation's growing nursing shortage.
CONTACT: Dr. Alita Sellers, chair of Health Sciences Division, 304-424-8300.
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The nation's growing nursing shortage has sparked an overwhelming local interest in health care careers, according to officials at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
The college's Health Sciences Division received 259 applications for admission to next fall's nursing class. Only 64 student slots are available due to lab and clinical space limitations in the Associate in Applied Science degree program.
"This is one of the largest number of student applications to the nursing program that we've had in recent years," noted Dr. Alita Sellers, chair of the Health Sciences Division. It was also one of the most competitive, she added, with space for only 64 new students in the program.
Students requesting admission to Nursing must meet certain criteria, she explained. Those selected into the program for the fall all had ACT test scores of 21 or higher with grade point averages above the minimum requirements.
"We are pleased with the academic quality of the new class and with the tremendous interest," Dr. Sellers said.
College officials noted that students who were not admitted to the two-year associate program for the fall semester may apply again. Deadline for applications is December 1st of each academic year.
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