The major is a part of the Department of Nursing, an academic unit within the College of Health and Behavioral Studies.
The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides flexible, partially online learning opportunities for students who are graduates of community college or diploma schools and are licensed registered nurses (R.N.). Classes are offered once a week and partially online so students can maintain employment while completing the B.S.N. degree. The program provides a foundation for professional practice and will equip students for further opportunities afforded through graduate study and advance practice.
The program can be completed in one full-time or two part-time years. The curriculum is designed to build up existing nursing knowledge to empower nurses to strengthen practice and professional involvement. Courses encourage the development of new technology, management and relational skills that will enhance future practice within the profession. Class sizes are small and the learning environment is creative and fun. Expert faculty are enthusiastic, passionate about nursing and eager to facilitate success in their students.
Declaring the Major
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Nurses with an RN license and associate degree from a Virginia community college are eligible to apply.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Other Declaring Information
Admission to the Major
Full and part-time students will be admitted in August of each year. Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis until the class fills. Applicants who apply prior to March 1 will be given first consideration. For more information, visithttp://www.nursing.jmu.edu/rntobsn/admission.html.
Students should meet the following requirements:
- Completion of General Education requirements at JMU or the Virginia Community College System equivalents.
- An Associates' degree or Diploma in Nursing from an accredited program.
- Transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale.
- TOEFL scores greater than 570 for international applicants.
- Current unrestricted RN license in any state, Washington D.C., or a U.S possession or territory.
- Graduates of foreign nursing schools, who are licensed outside of the United States, are required to pass the Qualifying Exam of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).
- Employment as an RN for a minimum of six months or plans to practice concurrently with coursework.
- Be able to meet the department's Technical Standards for nursing practice.
Progressing in the Major
Once admitted into nursing, students must complete all nursing courses with a grade of "C" or better. Students who earn a grade of "D" or "F" may repeat the course one time with departmental approval. Students who receive a grade of "D" or "F" a second time are not permitted to continue in the program.
Students are not required to maintain a specific GPA once they are enrolled in the major.