Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.) prepares undergraduate students to be professional nurses and leads to eligibility to take the National Certification and Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse (R.N.). During your first two years of study, you will take General Education courses in biology, chemistry, math, and psychology as well as a course in nutrition while developing a strong foundation in the liberal arts.
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
Declare the nursing major when you register for orientation; this will enable you to be assigned to a nursing adviser who can answer your questions and help you plan your 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 to change your major to nursing, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater. Complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and submit it to the Nursing department head in the Health and Human Services building, room 2124 and complete a supplemental application, which can be found on the Nursing Department website.
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 round 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, you must have the following completed at the time of entry to the first semester:
To remain in good standing in the nursing program, you 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.
For more information about admission to the nursing program, visit the Nursing Department website.