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The Southern West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy is a great opportunity for eighth-grade students to learn about the nursing profession. Our day camp will teach you everything from how to help patients to how to create and maintain safe and sterile nursing environments. Plus, our students will learn these important skills under the guidance of real nurses.

Students will take classes on WVU Tech's campus in Beckley, learn at the skills lab at the Erma Byrd Higher Education Center and will complete mini clinical rotations at real hospitals in the area. They'll also earn their CPR certification along the way.

There is no cost to attend the program, although spots are limited.

Students in the program will be paired up with a professional registered nurse who will serve as their mentor. These mentors will work with their student to answer questions about their studies and help them explore the nursing profession. And if the student wishes, they can stay in contact with their mentor long after the academy has ended.

College 101
Beyond their studies, nursing academy students will get to see what college life is like. They'll take classes in college-level labs, learn under college professors and see campus for themselves. It's a great way to find out what life is like for the college nursing student.

  • You must have at least a 3.0 current overall grade average
  • You must be a current middle school student who has just completed 7th grade and will be entering 8th grade August 2019. 
  • You must submit a brief essay (1 page limit) that explains your personal interest in the nursing profession and why attending the Southern West Virginia Junior Nursing Academy is important to you. Your essay must be submitted with the academy application.