Biology (Pre-Professional)

  • Alderson Broaddus has a 99-100% acceptance rate from undergraduate level to graduate level programs over the last 18 years.
  • Our excellent preparation in undergraduate studies attributes to a highly esteemed acceptance rate into your-choice graduate school.
  • We offer updated laboratory equipment and focus on experiential learning to allow the students to get the hands on knowledge that large campuses are not able to offer until graduate school.
    • Our small class sizes, in conjunction with our small campus, allow students to have similar experiences, capabilities, and work in facilities comparable to a larger campus.
    • Larger classes are split into smaller labs for more personal attention from faculty.
  • We also have nearly 500 acres of outdoor laboratory on two different properties for students to get the hands-on knowledge that large campuses are not able to offer.
  • The curriculum is structured so that students could easily add on a Chemistry major to better prepare for Pharmacy or Medical School, or an Environmental Science to better prepare for a career in resource management.
  • Students get the opportunity to involve themselves in cutting edge research ranging from DNA analysis, to animal population studies, to community interactions and human cancer research.
    • Our students are exposed to the same research as are those students at larger universities. At AB, however, you’re able to receive instruction direct from professors instead of graduate students.
  • Students are required to conduct a Senior Research Project which gives them the Pre-Professional experience necessary to succeed in finding gainful employment or acceptance to graduate school.

Chemistry (Pre-Professional)

  • Our chemistry program gives students hands on opportunities in both laboratory and field (outdoor) situations.
    • Because of our location and size, students are able to work independently while alongside fellow students and faculty.
  • Larger lecture classes are broken down into much smaller lab groups, offering more personal attention from faculty for a better overall learning environment.
  • Students are required to conduct a Senior Research Project which gives them the Pre-Professional experience necessary to succeed in finding gainful employment or acceptance to graduate school.
  • Students are subjected to ample preparation for graduate and professional schools with well-equipped labs.
    • AB offers similar experiences that a larger college/university offers, as well as opportunities to work with professional laboratories as part of an internship program or for their Senior Research Project.

Computer Science

  • Our curriculum allows for an easy double-major in Mathematics, making students more diverse and attractive to graduate schools and employers.
  • Students are able to specialize in Computer Science and cater your electives to focus on the computer discipline of your choice.
  • AB has 9 on-campus computer labs at the students’ disposal with MAC and PC capabilities which are regularly being updated.
  • Students are required to conduct a Senior Research Project which gives them the Pre-Professional experience necessary to succeed in finding gainful employment or acceptance to graduate school.

Environmental Science

  • Students are trained in the ecological processes and regulatory framework that prepares them for either employment immediately after graduation or for graduate school.
    • Environmental Science students gain marketable job skills, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Wetland Delineation, through experiential learning.
  • Our cutting edge research opportunities range from human health risks to ecological; such as global climate change.
    • These opportunities challenge students to use critical thinking skills while preparing them for employment or graduate school.
  • Our surrounding area allows for ample hands-on field work, making classes more interesting and allowing for a better learning environment.
  • Our curriculum is structured so that students can easily double major in Chemistry for future toxicology employment, in Biology for resource management, or Minor in GIS to make them more competitive in the job market.
  • Students are required to conduct a Senior Research Project which gives them the Pre-Professional experience necessary to succeed in finding gainful employment or acceptance to graduate school.


  • Our curriculum allows for an easy double-major in Computer Science, making students more diverse and attractive to graduate schools and employers.
  • Students are able to apply their Mathematics degree for employment in the Education field, business and industry or toward an advanced Engineering degree.
  • Students are required to conduct a Senior Research Project which gives them the Pre-Professional experience necessary to succeed in finding gainful employment or acceptance to graduate school.

Physician Assistant Studies

  • The College of Physician Assistant Studies accepts 36 students for the physician assistant program each academic year.
  • The physician assistant program is a rigorous graduate program of 27 months comprised of both didactic and clinical education designed to prepare the student to enter the medical care workforce as an educated, professional physician assistant.
  • Students entering the PA program must meet the specific admission requirements by the matriculation date: Completed a Bachelor’s Degree, a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0, 40 hours of shadowing a physician assistant in a clinical setting, taken and submitted GRE scores, and completed all prerequisite requirements.
  • The PA program maintains a low faculty to student ratio, allowing for more faculty and student interaction contributing to the student’s professional development and education.
  • Students who complete the PA program, graduate with a Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies and are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Click here to view the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Criminal Justice

  • Students participate in field practicums or internships at various law enforcement agencies.
    • Students gain hands-on experience in their chosen field which may lead to job opportunities.
  • Numerous criminal justice agencies are located within an hour of campus
    • This provides students with multiple opportunities close to campus to complete their field practicums and out-of-classroom learning.
  • Criminal justice is a dynamic field with numerous job opportunities in areas like law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and juvenile justice.


  • Psychology is designed for students to move into grad school or into a chosen career upon graduation.
  • Classroom projects helps students gain hands-on knowledge and develop skills needed to work in the social services field.

Political Science

  • The program is structured to prepare students for jobs in both government and private industry.
    • Students are able to work at national, state and local levels.
  • There is a broad range of study topics.
    • Students study topics relating to both American society and other countries.


  • Pre-Law allows for diverse areas of study.
    • Students can major in Criminal Justice, Communications, or Political Science, depending on what area they are more interested in and/or what their graduate plans are.

Ministry & Leadership

  • The Christian Studies program allows students to gain experience working with our Chaplain to both plan and execute the Chapel services on campus.
    • The benefit of this exposure is that students will learn how to work within a set theme for the services, which will adequately prepare them for work in any ministerial field.

Mass Communication

  • Our communication majors receive an in-depth look at many facets of communication, from broadcasting and journalism to advertising.
    • The benefit of this program is that each student is well-prepared to enter any job in the field upon graduation.

 Public Relations

  • Public Relations students gain experience in communication, writing, business, and journalism to prepare them for this exciting field.
  • Public relations has a strong job market. In 2012, it was listed at the 9th most attractive major in the US by the Princeton Review.

Journalism/Professional Writing

  • Journalism students learn to write, edit, and report news articles for broadcast and publication and explore various legal issues.
  • Students receive a solid foundation in the multimedia skills that are increasingly in demand in today’s workplace.
  • Students can gain real experience by serving on the staff of the Battler Columns, the ABU newspaper.

Graphic and Web Design

  • The Graphic and Web Design major is intended to prepare students for professional work immediately after graduation, or to embark on a range of programs of graduate study in the field.
  • The program will prepare students for careers in this quickly growing innovative field including in the areas of ecommerce and mobile devices.

Legal Studies

  • The Legal Studies major is designed for students who wish to attend law school or to pursue other careers in the legal field such as court clerks, paralegals, mediators, etc.
  • Legal Studies is an interdisciplinary, liberal arts major that engages the meanings, values, practices, and institutions of law and legality.
  • The Legal Studies curriculum examines how law shapes and is shaped by political, economic, and cultural forces.

All College of Business and Management Majors

  • The College of Business and Management advocates a hands-on approach to learning and class projects. Many courses use real world business problems for helping the students to better understand the material in their courses.
  • As a part of this hands-on approach the College of Business and Management also strongly encourages and sometimes requires internships to enable the students to gain the experience they will need to compete when they enter the workforce after graduation.
  • To further encourage this experiential approach to learning plans are in place for a business incubator on campus that will allow and encourage students with an entrepreneurial spirit to begin the process of starting their own business.
  • The College also encourages and helps students enter the state-wide business plan competition. This competition, which has a prize of $10,000, helps students gain experience in business plan writing and getting their thoughts from great idea to a written, actionable plan.
  • There has also been funding available for certain classes for students to actually design and create their own products. The students then had to put into practice the knowledge they acquired in class about how to market and sell their products. Again, gaining that hands-on experience that is so valuable.
  • Finally, there are many different opportunities for students to work with and be a part of campus organizations. There will be opportunities with clubs in the business arena that help students with campus and community outreach.

Business Administration

  • This major is a generalist business major for those students who do not have a particular field of interest in mind but who still want a degree in business. Students in Business Administration will get a well-rounded overview of all the different functional areas of a business organization.
  • There are many opportunities for students to learn about the different aspects of business organizations and to learn where their particular skill set might best be applied.
  • Opportunities for practical hands-on experiences abound for the motivated Business Administration Major.


  • This business major is to prepare students for the exciting world of marketing. This major is sometimes favored by those students who feel they have a creative side and also who also tend to be more outgoing.
  • Students learn about the psychology of the mind of the consumer. They consider what makes the consumer choose one product over another. How to target the market segments that are most desirable.
  • Marketing students will also learn the ins and outs of doing marketing research. Using real world problems that business organizations have and presenting solutions to solve those problems.


  • Students who graduate with degree in Accounting will find themselves prepared for a variety of entry level accounting position in industry, government and with not-for-profit organizations.
  • The program can be designed for students who want to eventually take the CPA exam. This will require an additional 30 hours of credit toward 150 credits that are required to sit for the exam.
  • Although the job outlook for all business majors is good and looks very promising in the future, the prospects in accounting are especially robust and very well paying for entry level positions.

 Sport Management

  • Sports Management majors are required to take business classes that gear the major more towards sports management. Recreation classes are in the curriculum as well so students have another direction they can go with the major.
    • Receiving these two beneficial backgrounds will broaden the job spectrum upon graduation.
  • Four assistantships and one internship is mandatory for the Sports Management major; like managing our athletic teams, working with area recreation departments, helping at local fitness centers, and others.
    • These assistantships and internships will prepare students for the job market and gives students different experiences that future employers will be looking for.
  • By the time of graduation, students will be able to demonstrate administrative skills by preparing budgets; applications for grant writing and developing personnel files.
    • These skills can be used in fields other than recreation if a graduate decides to pursue a different career.

Elementary Education

  • Students receive hands-on experiences in local public school settings early in their freshman year and continue with observations through their senior years.
    • This allows students more time to acquire the skills needed to be comfortable in front of a classroom.
    • This is a certification requirement of the West Virginia Department of Education for all teacher education preparation programs.
  • Students will be actively involved in small classes.
    • Small class sizes permit one-on-one time with professors to ensure that students fully understand the material. This also makes it easier for students to participate in lessons.
  • The School of Teacher Education professors have all taught in the public school systems before teaching at the collegiate level.
    • This benefits students because the professors are well accomplished in areas of education that students are training for.

Secondary Education 

  • There are 2 primary certification areas that students can specialize in (Math 9-Adult, Social Studies 9-Adult.) Additionally, each primary certification area of Math and Social Studies also offers a 5-9 middle school certification that can be added to the primary 5-Adult certification.
    • Students will gain specific knowledge from one of these categories as opposed to a generality of coursework.
  • Students receive hands-on experiences in local public school settings early in their freshman year and continue with observations through their senior years.
    • This allows students more time to acquire the skills needed to be comfortable in front of a classroom.
    • This is a certification requirement of the West Virginia Department of Education for all teacher education preparation programs.
  • Graduates leave with West Virginia certification.
    • This certification is accepted in 35 states which permits ABU graduates to pursue a teaching career in WV or in states outside West Virginia.
  • The Secondary Education program upholds high program standards.
    • Because of the high standards, students are challenged to become prepared and responsible individuals.

Special Education Certification

  • Special education is not a specific major, but a specialty track.
    • This gives students the opportunity to become certified as a special education teacher with an elementary education major, so students have two backgrounds when graduated.
  • The special education requires students to take both general and advanced courses.
  • This will help students understand needs of special learners and characteristics, and assessment,    academic interventions, and best instructional practice methods for special education.
  • Students will receive practical field experiences in public schools.
    • These field experiences will prepare ABU students for teaching elementary education students, and in classrooms of mildly mentally impaired, specific learning disabled, and behavior disordered students.

Physical Education

  • Our physical education program prepares students for Pre-K – Adult certification.
    • This will permit students to teach all programmatic levels.
  • Students will participate in hands-on experiences like assistant coaching, and refereeing intramural games.
    • This will give students beneficial experience and will help build a better résumé.
  • The physical education program gives students motivating career opportunities with additional study or immediate placement in fields such as sports information, sports journalism or broadcasting; directing fitness, athletic training, wellness or recreation programs in corporate or agency settings, and management and sales careers related to sports and fitness equipment.
    • This opportunity allows students to take on double majors or minors to make them well versed in other areas, which will ultimately make them more marketable upon graduation.

Music (Music Education – MUED.BME; Musical Arts – MUAR.BA; Music Performance – MUSP.BM; Minors in Music Performance & Audio Engineering)

  • The Music Education degree (MUED.BME) prepares students for comprehensive Pre-K – Adult certification.
    • The degree permits graduates to teach in the public schools in both choral and instrumental emphases, at all levels.
  • The Musical Arts degree (MUAR.BA) prepares students in a thorough study of music which can be used in a multitude of music professions.
    • The degree is combined with another major or minor to maximize employment opportunities.
  • The Music Performance degree (MUSP.BM) prepares students through advanced study of music with particular emphasis on the solo instrument or voice.
    • The degree prepares graduates for immediate entrance into graduate school or conservatory study.
  • The Minor in Music Performance gives non-music majors basic training in music skills, private lessons, and ensemble opportunities.
  • The Minor in Audio Engineering gives music and non-music majors practical, real-world experience in audio engineering. Students intern at the Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH and receive transfer credits from Capital University in Columbus, OH.
    • The minor prepares graduates for immediate entrance into a recording studio or similar enterprise.
  • Many music ensembles tour locally, in the region, and even overseas, performing for churches, schools, and other locations.
  • Students receive one-on-one training from expert professionals on their instrument or voice in private lessons.
    • The benefit is that students receive training equal to a much larger university/conservatory but in a smaller, nurturing liberal arts setting.
  • Students receive major ensemble experiences with expert professionals as their directors.
    • The benefit to students is that communal music-making at such a high level of artistry may be the pinnacle of their choir and/or band experiences; it inspires future directors to aspire to those same high levels of music-making for future generations of musicians.
  • Students are exposed to a wide variety of musical opportunities, from Handbell Choir to Jazz Ensemble, from Musical Theater to Marching Band; each student is encouraged to participate in ensembles which differ from their area of focus.
    • The benefit is that students become exposed to many different types of music; this makes them better-rounded musicians and prepares them to teach and be comfortable with a wide variety of music in a multi-cultural world.
  • The School of Music presents numerous recitals, concerts, and other productions each semester, all of which are open to the public.
    • The benefit is that students receive much-needed “stage time,” an essential part of training for their performing futures.
  • The benefit is that students get the chance to perform for various groups and audiences in a multitude of settings beyond their own experience; overseas tours are high points of their collegiate music experience and are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.


  • Alderson Broaddus University’s School of Nursing provides students the opportunity to complete the bachelor’s level nursing degree in four years.
    • This degree provides the basis of which students may elect to continue their nursing education to a master’s level program in areas such as nursing education, nursing administration, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or nurse anesthesia. In addition, the bachelor’s level nursing degree provides the opportunity to move into supervisory level nursing positions. The bachelor’s in nursing provide endless opportunities which other shorter programs, such as the two-year associate of science degree in nursing cannot provide.
  • Alderson Broaddus has the first Bachelor’s of Science level nursing degree established in WV.
    • Established in 1945, our nursing program has a long tradition of excellence in the state and region. The School of Nursing has affiliations with multiple hospitals and agencies that provide a multitude of clinical experiences for our students. Students benefit from clinical experiences in large hospitals such as WVU Medical Center to smaller hospitals like Broaddus Hospital. Students also experience clinical level training in the community setting with agencies such as Mountain Hospice Incorporated. This broad range of training helps students gain the necessary knowledge and competencies to safely practice nursing.
  • The Nursing Program is fully accredited.
    • The Nursing Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the WV Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses (WVBOE-RN). Graduation from an accredited school is a requirement to take the nursing licensing exam, the National Council Licensure Exam of Registered Nurses–RN (NCLEX-RN) Examination.
  • Our program implements the use of three patient simulator labs.
    • Our students have the fortunate experience to have three, human-like, patient simulator labs on campus. In addition to the off campus clinical training, students participate in scenario driven clinical experiences with the patient simulators. “Simulation experiences augment clinical learning and are complementary to direct care” (AACN, P. 34). The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice (2008). The American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Available here.
    • The SIM labs provide students the opportunity to make critical decisions in patient care. If mistakes are made, students learn from the experience of the potential consequences while not harming an actual patient. Simulated learning experiences with the patient simulators allow faculty to expose students to situations that they may never see in their clinical practicum experiences. This experience better prepares students for actual patient care.
  • The first year of classes is spent acquiring knowledge in the supporting sciences, such as Anatomy & Physiology I, Anatomy & Physiology II and Chemistry, as well as math and health care terminology. These classes are taken along with required liberal studies courses.
    • Student must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and pass the HESI A2 Admissions Examination with a score of 69 or higher.
  • A five-year plan for students meeting college admission but needing support courses to take the required courses for nursing admission is available. An example may be that an entry level math course is required before being able to take college algebra.
  • Students who meet admissions requirements for the School of Nursing are notified and must sign a letter of intent.
  • Students must pass a background check and also a drug screen. There are numerous health requirements also that must be completed.
  • Transportation to off-campus clinical sites is the responsibility of the student.
    • Many students carpool/ride share.

Athletic Training

  • The Athletic Training Program offers two state of the art facilities equipped for both rehabilitation/treatment and clinical education instruction.
  • Students will receive a great deal of hands-on learning and one-on-one interaction with experienced and caring faculty.
  • Through structured classroom and clinical educational experiences, students are exposed to the skills necessary to become certified by the Board of Certification, Inc (BOC).
  • Students will become proficient in the athletic training educational competencies.
  • Students are able to demonstrate a musculoskeletal assessment of the lower and upper extremity including proper treatment and/or referral in the management of the injured patient.
  • Students are able to synthesize information to plan, implement, evaluate and modify fitness and rehabilitative exercises while maintaining patient confident
  • Students are able to demonstrate assessments for screening, referring and treating common medical conditions and determining a patient’s readiness for participation while maintaining patient confidentiality.
  • Students are able to demonstrate the ability to conduct an intervention and make the appropriate referral of an individual mental health issue.
  • Students are exposed to multiple health care providers and patients, including exposure to General Medical practitioners, Orthopedics physicians, Physical Therapy clinics, and fitness/strength center.
  • Students receive one-to-one assistance with resume development and application to graduate school/physical therapy school, etc.
  • Students have the ability to participate in one intercollegiate athletic program per academic year as Athletic Training Majors.
  • Students are encouraged to become active members of national and state athletic training associations, as well as, other professional organizations.
  • Students are encouraged to attend national and state meetings and clinical symposiums.