JMU Major: Nursing
After admission to the nursing program, the curriculum consists of concurrent classroom courses, laboratory and simulation learning, and clinical practice experience. Students have opportunities for learning in a variety of settings including community, specialty, and academic medical centers and hospitals; long term care facilities and clinics; and community based clinical learning experiences. The JMU Nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Nursing major when they register for orientation; this will enable students to be assigned to a nursing adviser who can answer their questions and help them plan their course of academic study during Freshman or Transfer Orientation. The B.S.N. program is not a freshman admit program. Typically, students will apply for the B.S.N. program after their first semester sophomore year.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
In order for students to change their major to Nursing, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater. Applicants should complete a Change or Declaration of Major form and submit it to the Nursing academic adviser. After the adviser signs the form it will be submitted to the department head and then the registrar. Submit the Change or Declaration of Major form to Burruss Hall Room 105.
Other Declaring Information
Admission to the Major
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) major is competitive. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to the Nursing program. Meeting these requirements only allows an application to be considered in the review process. Each year, around 90 students are admitted to the B.S.N. program. Admission is based on all student qualifications but JMU cumulative grade point average and grades in the prerequisite math and science courses are a strong consideration. Students are admitted twice a year for fall and spring program entry. Acceptance to JMU does not guarantee acceptance into the Nursing program.
To be eligible to apply for admission, students must meet the following requirements:
Once admitted to the Nursing program, students must have the following completed at the time of entry to the first semester:
To remain in good standing in the nursing program, students must earn a grade of "C-" or better in each required nursing course. A grade of "D" or "F" is considered a failure. A student who for the first time receives a grade of less than a "C-" in a Nursing course may, with department approval, repeat the course. A student who receives a grade of less than a "C-" in a second Nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the program.