West Virginia Nurse Practitioner Certification
West Virginia NPs are known as CNP and are regulated by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. They, along with CNS, are categorized as APNs.
In West Virginia, NPs function in collaboration with a licensed physician and deliver primary health care to patients. They may also assess, diagnose, and treat illnesses, injuries, and diseases. They may establish and execute management plans for acute or chronic disease or illness as well as counsel patients on how to prevent disease and illness and promote good health. NPs may collaborate with other health agencies to ensure continuity of care. They may be granted prescriptive authority within their specialized scope of practice.
NPs may practice in a variety of settings, including hospitals, physician’s offices, specialty offices, clinics, managed care, long-term care, and public health. They may specialize in various areas, such as adult care, family care, acute care, family psychiatric and mental health, gerontological care, pediatric care, school, family psychiatric and mental health, neonatal care, or adult psychiatric and mental health.
If you would like to become a CNP in West Virginia, you must possess a valid license issued by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurse. You must also complete an advanced nursing educational program and earn a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning. Some schools in West Virginia that offer degrees for NPs include: Mountain State University, West Virginia University, Marshall University, and Wheeling Jesuit University.
Many online schools offer accredited graduate-level NP programs. The training and education from these schools is comparable to that of traditional campus-based schools. All components, including the clinical requirements, are met by schools such as Philadelphia University, University of Cincinnati, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, Liberty University, South University, and Graceland University. Check with the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses to learn which online programs are approved by West Virginia.
After you have earned your master’s degree, you must pass an examination and receive national board certification as an NP in an area of specialty recognized by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses and the West Virginia State Board of Education. Some recognized certifying bodies include the AANP, AACN Certification Corporation, and PNCB.
If you wish to have prescriptive authority, you must be of good moral character and not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances. You must have completed 45 contact hours of education in pharmacology and clinical management of drug therapy in a program approved by the Board. Fifteen of these hours must have been completed within 2 years of application to the Board.
Nurse practitioners in West Virginia make among the highest national salaries in the field. According to Indeed.com, West Virginia NPs earned an average of $104,000 a year in 2010. Salary rates vary depending on specialty, experience, facility, location, and other factors.
Last Updated: 05/19/2014