Department of Nursing

Program Overview

Thank you for visiting the Wheeling University Department of Nursing web page. The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide baccalaureate and graduate nursing education and service to the community. Through an integrated program of classroom and clinical practice, the graduate is prepared as a professional nurse to promote health/wellness in a variety of settings. Wheeling University Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

"The Wheeling University nursing programs offer small size classes that allow for individualized attention. It also allows our faculty the time to provide customized feedback to each student personally and not just to the group,” said Dr. Maryanne Capp, Director of WU’s Nursing Department.

Our University has several educational offerings to launch a nursing career that include a traditional four year baccalaureate program and a program for those holding a bachelor's degree in another discipline that is completed in 16 months. For registered nurses holding either an associate degree or diploma in nursing we have a bachelor's completion program for working nurses that is on-line. We also offer a master of science in Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner program that is in an on-line format to accomodate the student who desires to remain employed. Please take a moment and follow the link to the program you are interested in.

You are invited to contact us for any further questions about our programs.

  • Dr. Maryanne Capp, Department Chair for undergraduate or overall questions
  • Dr. Janet Bischof, Program Director for MSN Education, Administration, and RN to BSN
  • Dr. Gail Nickerson, Program Director for MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

If you are looking for small class sizes, faculty who know you and take a general interest in your success, and taking your nursing career to the next level we invite you to come and learn with us!


At Wheeling University, your nursing education will prepare you to become a life-long learner, developing the skills you need to think critically and solve problems quickly and effectively in all types of situations. This kind of instruction and exposure to real life learning environments helps you develop the in-depth knowledge and understanding of health care issues that today's employers demand. In addition to our undergraduate BSN program, Wheeling University offers:

  • BSN - The nursing program provides an integrated curriculum of liberal arts and nursing courses for the personal and professional development of the student as a servant leader in professional practice.
  • BA/BS to BSN program - an 16-month program for those who currently hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in another field. This program is particularly suited for career changers.
  • RN to BSN/MSN program - a program for those who already hold a diploma or associate degree in nursing and wish to obtain an advanced degree.

MSN program - a graduate program where students hae an affordable online pathway to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.

NURS 230 Fundamentals
Fundamentals of nursing provides the student with all the nursing concepts and skills needed as a beginning nurse. It is a study and practice of basic patient care.

NURS 327 Elements of Nursing Research
This course is designed to introduce students to the process of research. Principles, types, and methods of research will be examined as they apply to the principles of evidence-based practice in the care of individuals, families, and communities.

NURS 405C Medical/Surgical Nursing II Clinical
This course examines the care of patients with multisystem needs throughout the lifespan with major emphasis on the adult client. The clinical gives valuable hands on experience to the student.

NURS 406C Pediatrics/Genetics Clinical
This course focuses on the care of the pediatric client and their family with acute healthcare needs who require adaption across the lifespan. This course focuses on the needs of the child as a unit where they play, live, and go to school. The clinical gives valuable hands on experience to the student.

NURS 423 Leadership and Role Development
This course is designed as the didactic portion for senior year nursing students completing their precepting before graduation. The course is composed of case studies that are presented by the faculty and by the students to enable the students to combine knowledge from didactic learning with hands on nursing care.
Adjunct Faculty
Case Manager
Flight Nurse
Health Care Consultant
Home Health Care
Information Technologist
Insurance Company Case Manager
Medical Equipment sales
Military Nurse
Nurse Manager
Nursing Administration
Public Health Nurse
Research Technologist
Staff Nurse
Undergraduate Award
Sara L. White Award-This award began in 1980 and is given to the graduating senior nursing student who “represents the qualities of mind and spirit, most desirable in a nursing professional.” The award was established by Dr. Estelle Ramey in honor of her mother, Sara, who herself exemplified these qualities.

Graduate Awards
-Life-Long Learning Award for Evening Division
-Outstanding Masters of Science in Nursing Graduate Award-Administration Track
-Helen Faso Outstanding Masters of Science in Nursing Graduate Award-Education Track
-Outstanding Masters of Science in Nursing Graduate Award-Family Nurse Practitioner Track
All senior students in their final semester complete 140 hours shadowing a registered nurse in a hospital/medical center setting to gain better understanding of the job and functions of a registered nurse.

Many hospitals are offering nurse externships to undergraduate or new graduate registered nurses to help mentor them into the role of nurse. These positions are typically advertised, the student/nurse applies and if accepted, will complete the program. For students, the externships are typically in the summer months, for graduate nurses, they are started at different times throughout the year.
Med Life - plans and fundraises money to take a mission trip during the summer to help low income families.  Any WU student is welcome.

Project Hope - Homeless Outreach Partnership provides medical care and education to the homeless in the Wheeling area.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing is the second-largest nursing organization in the world with approximately 135,000 active members. WU has the Omicron Mu Chapter. Yearly, students and nursing community leaders are inducted into STTI. Throughout the year, STTI OM holds functions such as continuing education programs and fund raisers.

Student Nurses Association is a club at WU that is open to nursing majors and those wishing to become a nursing major. They meet monthly and hold fundraisers to make a contribution to a not for profit organization. It is a nice way for freshman and sophomores to meet the nursing majors to help mentoring into the nursing role.