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Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Major in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
James Madison University

Our pre-licensure BSN program graduates 226 students per year incorporating patient care simulation, be it with high fidelity mannequins or standardized patients (trained live actors), into clinical and courses. Our senior level transition to practice course includes a review of critical skills and preparation for the NCLEX (RN certification and licensure exam). Seniors enjoy an expanded 7-week "capstone" practicum their final semester, working full-time with a preceptor in a hospital or other clinical agency.


Program Credit Requirements
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Program Requirements, Course Recommendations, and Cost to Complete features are coming Summer 2022

If you wish to see how your credits may apply, you can: If you are interested in the cost of attending this institution, please visit the institution's cost page to review costs
Applicable Admissions Agreements
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The table below lists admissions agreements between James Madison University and partner institutions that may guarantee admission to this program if you meet the required criteria. Click on the title name of the agreement to view a summary of those criteria.

Institution Name Type Title
Richard Bland College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement James Madison University and Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary
Southside Virginia Community College GPAA RN-BSN Nursing Agreement between James Madison University and Southside Virginia Community College
Southside Virginia Community College GPAA James Madison University R.N. to B.S.N. Co-Enrollment Program Memorandum of Agreement James Madison University and Soutshide Vir
Piedmont Virginia Community College GPAA RN-BSN Nursing Agreement between James Madison University and Piedmont Virginia Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College GPAA James Madison University R.N. to B.S.N. Co-Enrollment Program Memorandum of Agreement James Madison University and Piedmont Virg
Laurel Ridge Community College GPAA RN-BSN Nursing Agreement between James Madison University and Lord Fairfax Community College
Brightpoint Community College GPAA James Madison University R.N. to B.S.N. Co-Enrollment Program Memorandum of Agreement James Madison University and John Tyler Co
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College GPAA James Madison University R.N. to B.S.N. Co-Enrollment Program Memorandum of Agreement James Madison University and Reynolds Comm
Blue Ridge Community College GPAA RN-BSN Nursing Agreement between James Madison University and Blue Ridge Community College
Wytheville Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Virginia Western Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Virginia Highlands Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Tidewater Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Virginia Peninsula Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Southwest Virginia Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Southside Virginia Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Rappahannock Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Piedmont Virginia Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Paul D. Camp Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Patrick & Henry Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Northern Virginia Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
New River Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Mountain Empire Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Laurel Ridge Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Brightpoint Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Germanna Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Eastern Shore Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Danville Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Mountain Gateway Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Central Virginia Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University
Blue Ridge Community College GAA Guaranteed Admission Agreement Virginia Community College System and James Madison University

You can view the full text of these Agreements in the Resource Center

Program Overview & Guidance
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Delivery Mode
In-Person
Delivery Mode
Online
Delivery Mode
Hybrid
Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me?

In Nursing, students learn knowledge, practice skills, and apply these to 'real life' practice experiences. Learning activities are varied, innovative and up-to-date:

  • • Classroom: In addition to lectures and discussion, learning activities include case study discussions, computer assisted learning, role-play and group activities. Advanced classroom technology allows faculty to use multimedia including PowerPoint presentations, films and computer-assisted instruction to enrich learning.
  • • Skills Laboratories: State of the art equipment, simulation lab, mannequins and learning resources allow students to learn physical examination skills, nursing procedures (for example, how to give an injection or start an IV), and technical skills (for example, how to use IV pumps and suction equipment)
  • • Practicum: Students apply knowledge to practice in a wide variety of health care agencies that include Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Home Health Agencies, the Free Clinic, the Health Department, Schools, Long-term Care Facilities and Rehabilitation Centers to name a few.
  • • Student-Faculty Interaction: Supportive student/professor relationships are key to successful learning. A low professor to student ratio, a faculty open-door policy and close working relationships with faculty help students to develop their full personal and professional potential. You will be assigned a faculty advisor who will be available to assist you with program planning, problem solving and career exploration.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

Admission to the Nursing Program is separate from admission to the university and requires a BSN Admission Application. Admission decisions are made each semester for the following semester. Following your transfer to JMU, plan to complete one full-time semester at JMU, and then you may apply to the nursing program during the following admission cycle once you meet admission criteria. Further information about admission to the nursing program can be found at https://nursing.jmu.edu/bsn/admissionfaq.html. Admission to the Nursing program is competitive.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and James Madison University within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses?
Do More With Your Degree

As a graduate of the JMU Nursing Program you will be prepared to practice as a registered nurse to provide nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. The following are examples of career directions: community and rural hospitals, major medical centers and university teaching hospitals, primary and tertiary care centers, ambulatory treatment centers, home health agencies, community health agencies, school nursing, occupational health nursing, military nursing, flight nursing, and trauma centers.

Program Successes & Highlights

The JMU Nursing program enjoys a strong positive reputation. The BSN program:

  • • is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)
  • • is fully approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing
  • • qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)

JMU graduates perform well on the state licensure exam and have a wide choice of career options. Graduates move quickly into positions of responsibility and leadership.

What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion Completion of an approved transfer associate degree will guarantee fulfillment of JMU's General Education requirements. https://www.jmu.edu/transfer/VCCStransfer/ASDegrees.shtml

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning JMU accepts and reviews AP, IB and CIE for all students with eligible scores, which may be different than at your prior institution. JMU will complete an independent review of the test score to apply credit to the JMU student record. Credit for prior learning (CLEP) is awarded on a per case basis for Adult Degree (Individualized Studies Majors) and RN-BSN students only and in consultation with the department of expertise, with the exception of military service credit. Credit for learning acquired in military service is awarded by the registrar’s office using the ACE guide credit recommendation for study/experience listed on the military transcript and in consultation with the department of expertise.
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: James Madison University
College Level Information
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Transfer Center
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Transfer Admission Application
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Transfer Student Aid
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Number of Transfer Students
1084
Percent of Transfer Students
66.6% (Fall 2021)
Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? JMU is a mid to large size institution that behaves more like a smaller institution. Faculty and staff hold students as the top priority. JMU has a 96% satisfaction rate. 88% of classes have less than 50 students. JMU is the #1 most recommended public University in the US by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education; JMU is the #1 Best College for Employment in Virginia according to U.S. Department of Education statistics compiled by Zippia. JMU has the highest post-graduation job levels of all Virginia colleges.
Transfer Student Catalog Year Catalog year determined by first semester of attendance.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions Transfer applicants from a VCCS institution must submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying to JMU. Requirements and forms are available at: https://www.jmu.edu/admissions/apply/transfer-GAA.shtml
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Northern Virginia Community CollegeNursing, A.A.S.AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Virginia Highlands Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in Lpn To Rn BridgeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Rappahannock Community CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences in Pre-BSNAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Blue Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursing - Online (RN to BSN) Completion TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Norfolk State UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursing - Traditional (Pre-licensure) Baccalaureate Completion TrackBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Western Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Danville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Brightpoint Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing - Hybrid Distance EducAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Radford UniversityBSN in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science with a major in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Old Dominion UniversityNursing-BSNBachelorBS in Nursing4-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in Physical TherapyAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Southwest Virginia Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Science in Nursing RN to BSNBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Eastern Mennonite UniversityBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Gateway Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science - NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Wytheville Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
New River Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Paul D. Camp Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in Nursing AssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Patrick & Henry Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
University of Mary WashingtonBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in NursingBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityNursing, Bachelor of ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeAssociate of Applied Science in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Mountain Empire Community CollegeAssociate in Applied Science Degree in NursingAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Marymount University Nursing (BSN)BachelorBachelor of Science in Nursing4-Year
Germanna Community CollegeNursing Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeLPN To RN - Nursing Associate of Applied Science DegreeAssociateAssociate of Applied Science2-Year
Germanna Community CollegeGeneral Studies - Specialization Pre-BSN Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
Careers Where This Degree Applies
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O*Net Code Name Description Parent
29-1141.01Acute Care NursesProvide advanced nursing care for patients with acute conditions such as heart attacks, respiratory distress syndrome, or shock. May care for pre- and post-operative patients or perform advanced, invasive diagnostic or therapeutic procedures.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.02Advanced Practice Psychiatric NursesAssess, diagnose, and treat individuals and families with mental health or substance use disorders or the potential for such disorders. Apply therapeutic activities, including the prescription of medication, per state regulations, and the administration of psychotherapy.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.04Clinical Nurse SpecialistsDirect nursing staff in the provision of patient care in a clinical practice setting, such as a hospital, hospice, clinic, or home. Ensure adherence to established clinical policies, protocols, regulations, and standards.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
29-1141.03Critical Care NursesProvide specialized nursing care for patients in critical or coronary care units.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations
25-1072.00Nursing Instructors and Teachers, PostsecondaryDemonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
29-1141.00Registered NursesAssess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations