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Get your Graduate Degree in West Virginia
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Apply for your Announcement of Advanced Practice in West Virginia
Renewing your Announcement of Advanced Practice in West Virginia
West Virginia Job Statistics

  • 2015 mean salary for NPs in WV: $91,270
  • 2014 NCLEX-RN pass rate for West Virginia: 83.51%
  • 32,008 RN licenses in WV in 2015
  • 2337 APRNs in WV in 2015
    • 1048 APRNs in WV have prescriptive authority as of 2015
  • In 2016 the WV Legislature voted to remove the collaborative relationship requirement for APRNs. If you have practiced for three years in a collaborative relationship with a physician and had prescriptive authority, you may request prescriptive authority in WV without the collaborative agreement

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses qualifies RNs as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) through a process referred to as Announcement of Advanced Practice, and issues licenses to Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM).

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (phone: 1-304-558-3596, rnboard@wv.gov) was established by the West Virginia legislature to oversee the regulation of registered professional nurses in the state.

Before you can hold Announcement of Advanced Practice as an APRN or a CNM license in West Virginia, you must hold a valid, unencumbered West Virginia RN license.

  • If you have never been licensed as an RN in West Virginia or any other state, you must complete the West Virginia RN Examination application packet
  • If you currently hold an RN license in another state, you must complete the West Virginia RN Endorsement application packet found here
  • If you have ever been licensed as an RN in West Virginia, you must complete the Reinstatement Application

With an active West Virginia RN license, you can proceed with pursuing your Announcement of Advanced Practice for APRN or CNM license.


Step 1. Get Your Graduate Degree

In order to hold an Announcement of Advanced Practice as an APRN in West Virginia, you must hold at least a master’s degree corresponding to the area and specialty in which you plan to practice. The graduate-level program from which you graduate must be recognized by the West Virginia Board of Examiners and accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

If you graduated before December 31, 1998, you may announce advance practice as an APRN without a master’s degree, provided you hold a current license as a registered nurse in West Virginia.

If you plan to practice as a CNM in West Virginia, you must complete a midwifery program resulting in a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited through the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

You can view a list of state-approved West Virginia nursing programs for registered professional nurses (scroll down to graduate and doctoral programs).

Course Requirements

The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses’ requires the following core courses from advanced practice nursing programs:

  • Pathophysiology (all general principles applicable across the human lifespan)
  • Advanced pharmacology (includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutics of broad categories of agents)
  • Physical evaluation/assessment (includes assessment of all systems of the body, advanced assessment methods, techniques, and concepts)

Limited Prescriptive Writing Privileges

To apply for limited prescriptive writing privileges in West Virginia, you must hold, at minimum, an active registered professional nursing license and a current APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice or active Certified Midwife license.

As a CNM, you must show evidence of the successful completion of a pharmacology course of instruction at some point during your undergraduate education and evidence of supervised experience in administering pharmacotherapy in clinical practice.

As an APRN, you must show evidence of the completion of an accredited course of instruction in pharmacology at the graduate level that results in a minimum of 45 contact hours, and evidence of supervised experience in administering pharmacotherapy in clinical practice.


Step 2. Earn Your National Certification

Before you can hold Announcement of Advanced Practice as an APRN or CNM licensure in West Virginia, you must become nationally certified in a specialty area recognized by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

Certification Programs

The following national certification boards are recognized by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for APRNs:

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
    • Clinical nurse specialists
    • Acute care nurse practitioner
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
    • Acute care nurse practitioner
    • Adult nurse practitioner
    • Family nurse practitioner
    • Gerontological nurse practitioner
    • Pediatric nurse practitioner
    • School nurse practitioner
    • Adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner
    • Family psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner
    • Adult health clinical nurse specialist (formerly clinical specialist in medical-surgical nursing)
    • Clinical specialist in community health nursing
    • Clinical specialist in gerontological nursing
    • Clinical specialist in adult psychiatric and mental health nursing
    • Clinical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric and mental health nursing
    • Nurse executive, advanced
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Adult Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB)
    • Certified pediatric nurse practitioner associate
  • National Board on Certification/Re-Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA)
    • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Note: Announcement of Advanced Practice is not a requirement for CRNAs in West Virginia unless the CRNA wants to obtain limited prescriptive authority.)

The following national certification board is recognized by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for CNMs:


Step 3. Apply for Your Announcement of Advanced Practice

APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice

To apply for your APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice in West Virginia, you must complete the Application for Announcement of Advanced Practice and assemble all required documentation. Your APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice application should include:

  • A photocopy of your certificate card or other verification of your certification from the appropriate national certifying body
  • An official transcript from the accredited nursing program through which you earned your master’s degree program (Note: The transcript should be sent directly from the registrar’s office in a sealed envelope)
  • 35 check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

Mail your application, additional documents, and fees to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.

CNM License

To apply for your CNM license in West Virginia, you must complete the Application for Certified Nurse-Midwife License and assemble all required documentation. Your CNM license application should include:

  • A passport-size, 2”x2” color photo of your head with your signature across the bottom
  • An official transcript showing the completion of a midwifery program resulting in at least a bachelor’s degree (Note: The transcript should be sent directly from the registrar’s office in a sealed envelope)
  • Official verification of your ACNM certification, sent directly by the ACNM to the Board (ACNM phone: 240-485-1800, www.midwife.org)
  • $20.00 check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

Mail your application, additional documents, and fees to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.

Prescriptive Authority

To apply for prescriptive authority in West Virginia as either an ARPN or CNM, you must complete the Initial Application for Limited Prescriptive Writing Privileges and assemble all required documentation. The application must be signed and notarized. Your prescriptive authority application should include:

  • An official transcript from the school where you received your degree
  • Evidence of the successful completion of an accredited course of instruction in advanced pharmacotherapy at the graduate level that totals a minimum of 45 contact hours (at least 15 of the 45 contact hours in advanced pharmacology must be within the two years prior to the submission of the prescriptive authority application)
  • A notarized copy of your collaborative agreement with your collaborative physician(s)
  • An actual voided sample of the prescription you will be using under prescriptive authority (your prescriber number, expiration date, and your credentials should be listed on the form)
  • $125 check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

You must also review the Webinar on the Board website video and complete the self-study review of the law.

If you plan to prescribe controlled substances, you must also apply for a West Virginia Drug Enforcement Agency certificate. You can contact the DEA for more information at 410-244-3500.

Mail application, check, and additional documents to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.


Step 4. Renewing Your Announcement of Advanced Practice

Biannual Certification Renewal

Registered nurse licenses with APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice and CNM licenses expire annually on October 31. You can renew your APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice or CNM license online through the West Virginia Board of Examiners Registered Professional Nurses system. Have your license number, social security number and, credit card handy. There is a small service fee of $0.79 charged by the Treasurer’s Office for renewing online. If you have any questions about online renewal, you can contact the Board at 304-558-3596.

Prescriptive Authority Renewal

Prescriptive authority privileges are granted on a two-year cycle (the current cycle runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013). The West Virginia RN Board recommends that all applicants apply for renewal at least 30 days before the end of the two-year cycle.

You can renew your prescriptive authority privileges through the Renewal Application for Prescriptive Writing Privileges.  In addition to a completed, signed and notarized application, you should include the following documentation:

  • Verification of collaborative agreements with all collaborating physicians, signed and notarized by both the collaborating physicians and you
  • Certification showing evidence of the completion of eight hours of advanced pharmacology completed within the last two years
  • A copy of your DEA certificate, if not already provided to the Board (as applicable)
  • A copy of your current RN license with APRN announcement
  • $125, check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

Mail all of the above noted documentation, payment, and the completed application to West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.

APRN Reinstatement

RN licenses with APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice will expire annually on October 31. To apply for APRN reinstatement after your Announcement of Advanced Practice has lapsed, you must complete the Application for Reinstatement of Announcement of Advanced Practice. Your APRN Announcement of Advanced Practice reinstatement should include:

  • A photocopy of your certificate card or other verification of your certification from the appropriate national certifying body
  • An official transcript from the accredited nursing program through which you earned your master’s degree program (Note: The transcript should be sent directly from the registrar’s office in a sealed envelope)
  • $35 check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses

Mail all of the above noted documentation, payment, and the completed application to West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.

CNM Reinstatement

CNM licenses expire annually on October 31. To apply for CNM reinstatement if your license has lapsed, you must complete the Certified Nurse-Midwife License Reinstatement Application.

Include a copy of your re-certification renewal through your national certification agency or proof of completing a continued competency assessment program.

Include a $10 fee check or money order payable to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses.

Mail all documents, application, and payment to the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, 101 Dee Drive, Suite 102, Charleston, WV, 25311-1620.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Associations in West Virginia

Consider joining one of the professional associations that support the profession in your state:


West Virginia Nurse Practitioner Salary

Nurse practitioners working in West Virginia experienced some of the most dramatic salary increases in the nation last year according to the peer reviewed journal, Advance for NPs and PAs. The average NP salary increased from $80,400 in 2010 to $94,406 in 2011. Those practicing in Huntington, West Virginia reported an average salary of $77,875 in 2011. The 2011 American Academy of Nurse Practitioners’ National Compensation Survey showed NPs in the southeastern states, including West Virginia, earning an average base salary of $87,653, and an average total compensation of $96,916 when benefits were factored in.

Registered Nurse Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston WV
3720
57740
Cumberland MD-WV
1350
57920
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV
2050
65700
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
4600
58350
Morgantown WV
2450
58960
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna WV-OH
1540
52670
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV
1510
49780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
30100
75210
Wheeling WV-OH
1930
43550
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
2590
53390
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
2710
49740

Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
890
102580

Nursing Instructors and Teachers Salary

Area name
Employment
Annual median wage
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
890
58640
Wheeling WV-OH
90
45320
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
140
47950
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
100
43380

Nurse Administrator Salary
(Includes Nurse Managers, Directors, and Chief Nursing Officers)

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Charleston WV
320
74290
Cumberland MD-WV
100
74470
Hagerstown-Martinsburg MD-WV
300
86760
Huntington-Ashland WV-KY-OH
340
89010
Morgantown WV
230
80820
Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna WV-OH
140
100500
Steubenville-Weirton OH-WV
140
70370
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
4480
103490
Wheeling WV-OH
160
69660
Winchester VA-WV
110
117570
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
410
75970
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area
320
73370

These tables provide salary and employment information compiled by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2011. The data contained herein does not include self-employed nurses in independent practice.

When responding to the salary survey, some advanced practice registered nurses identified themselves as RNs while others identified themselves as health diagnosing and treating practitioners. When available, both sets of data were included for comparative purposes.

* These figures represent earnings that are at or above $90.00 per hour or $187,199 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish earnings beyond $90.00 hourly or $187,199 yearly.

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