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Department of Nursing

Mission

We engage students, faculty and communities through dynamic and innovative nursing education, practice and scholarship to influence health in our world.

Purposes

In order to support and accomplish this mission the nursing faculty has identified the following purposes:

  • Prepare nursing professionals who provide culturally competent, holistic, evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates and communities in a wide variety of settings.
  • Promote a community of learning that models professional values and lifelong professional development for both faculty and students.
  • Promote service-learning activities that include collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives and partnerships between nursing education and the practice arena to meet the future health needs of consumers.
  • Conduct research and creative scholarship to generate nursing knowledge and disseminate that knowledge though collaboration, publication and presentations.

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

  • Preparation as a professional nurse leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing ( B.S.N.) degree.
  • Eligibility to take the National Certification and Licensure (NCLEX) exam to become a registered nurse (R.N.).
  • Preparation for entry-level positions in a wide range of health care settings.
  • Upon completion of the R.N. – B.S.N. program of study, students may be eligible for leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings.
  • Preparation for graduate study in nursing.

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

Accreditation

The JMU nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing. The baccalaureate and master’s programs at James Madison University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.

Program Options

The Department of Nursing offers two program options. The generic B.S.N. program is designed to prepare undergraduate students to practice at the baccalaureate level of professional nursing. The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides flexible learning opportunities at the baccalaureate level for students who are graduates of community college or diploma schools and are licensed registered nurses (R.N.).

Special Admission and Retention Requirements

Generic B.S.N. Program

Admission to the nursing program is limited and competitive. Each semester 90 students are enrolled in junior level nursing courses. All students, including transfer students, must complete the B.S.N. Admission application following admission to the university. B.S.N. admission applications are available on the nursing department website.

A completed B.S.N. admission application must be received by December 1 to be considered for the following fall semester and by July 1 to be considered for admission for the spring semester of the following year. Students not admitted to the program must reapply to be considered in the applicant pool for the following admission cycle.

To be considered for admission to the nursing major, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a JMU student as a declared nursing major.
  • Have earned a minimum JMU cumulative GPA of 3.00 as verified by the academic record (Admission is competitive, based on cumulative GPA and nursing pre-requisite course grades and limited to a set number of qualified students).
  • Have completed and/or enrolled in 36 academic credits at the time of application.
  • Complete the following nursing prerequisite courses (or approved equivalents) with a grade of "C-" or higher: CHEM 120MATH 220 and at least two of the required biology courses (BIO 270BIO 280 or BIO 290) by the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year (to be considered for the following fall) or by the end of spring semester (to be considered for the following spring).

In order to begin the nursing program, at time of entry to the first full semester, students must:

  • Have completed all required nursing prerequisite courses (CHEM 120MATH 220, GPSYC 160NUTR 280BIO 270BIO 280, and BIO 290).
  • Have completed JMU general education requirements.
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 3.00 or higher.
  • Meet the department's technical standards.

Admission criteria are available at http://www.nursing.jmu.edu. Students must meet the department’s technical standards for nursing practice. Technical standards are basic physical, cognitive and psychosocial skills and abilities that are required for nursing practice. The technical standards are posted on the nursing website.

The nursing curriculum is designed as a full time program. The B.S.N. program director must approve any deviation from the full time enrollment pattern as outlined in the catalog. Once fully admitted to the program, the student must earn a minimum grade of “C-” or “Pass” in each required nursing course to remain in good standing in the nursing program. A grade of “D”, “F” or “Fail” is considered a failure. A student who for the first time receives a failure in a nursing course may, with department approval, repeat the course. A student who receives a failure in a second nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Other academic and related policies in effect for students in the nursing program are outlined on the department website.

R.N. to B.S.N. Program

The R.N. to B.S.N. program provides flexible online learning opportunity for students who are graduates of community college or diploma schools and are licensed registered nurses (R.N.). Classes are offered online to allow students to 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.

JMU will award nurses up to 37 portfolio credits for their prior learning and work experience, as well as 40 transfer credits toward the General Education requirements for a B.S.N.

Thirteen additional general education credits will be required but may be taken concurrently at a local community college and transferred to JMU for credit. Students will complete 30 credits in the R.N. to B.S.N. program in three semesters of full time study or five semesters of part-time study, thus completing a total of 120 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree. Nurses can apply for admission to the R.N. to B.S.N. program once all prerequisite courses have been completed and this has been documented through an academic transcript submission/review process. Additional program eligibility criteria include:

  • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing from an accredited college/university.
  • Completion of the General Education courses required for the Bachelor of Science. May be taken concurrently with nursing course work but must be completed prior to graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale.
  • TOEFL scores greater than 570 for international applicants.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C-” or better.
  • Current unrestricted R.N. license in any state, Washington, D.C., or a U.S. possession or territory or an equivalent credential in another country.
  • Employment as an R.N. for a minimum of four months and/or plans to practice concurrently with course work.
  • 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) prior to application and include the exam report with their application materials.
  • Ability to meet the department’s technical standards for nursing practice (posted on the nursing website).
  • Interested applicants must complete the transcript review process prior to submitting an application. The R.N./B.S.N. program admissions coordinator can be contacted to begin the transcript review process.

Admission to the program is contingent on admission to the university. A supplemental application to the program is available on the department website under the R.N to B.S.N program tab.

Once fully admitted to the program, the student must earn a minimum grade of “C-” or “Pass” in each required nursing course to remain in good standing in the nursing program. A grade of “D”, “F“or “Fail” is considered a failure. A student who for the first time receives a failure in a nursing course may, with department approval, repeat the course. A student who receives a failure in a second nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Generic B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education, Prerequisite and elective courses 1

59

Nursing courses (including nursing electives)

61


120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary. 

General Education and Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

The following are course prerequisites required for the Nursing major. Courses must be completed with "C-" or higher.

Prerequisites

Credit Hours

GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 2

3

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry 1

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 1

3

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

4

BIO 270. Physiology 1

4

BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology

4

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

3


 

24

1 Contained in General Education Cluster Three.

2 Contained in General Education Cluster Five.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

NSG 350. Foundations of Nursing

2

NSG 351. Health Assessment

3

NSG 352. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care I

4

NSG 352L. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care I Clinical

2

NSG 353. Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

4

NSG 354. The Art and Science of Nursing

2

NSG 355. Women's Health

3

NSG 355L. Women's Health Clinical

1

NSG 356. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care II

4

NSG 356L. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care II Clinical

2

NSG 357. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

3

NSG 357L. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical

1

NSG 450. Nursing Research

3

NSG 451. Child Health Care

3

NSG 451L. Child Health Care Clinical

1

NSG 452. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care III

4

NSG 452L. Clinical Applications and Reasoning in Nursing Care III Lab

1

NSG 453. Population-Centered Care in the Community

2

NSG 453L. Population-Centered Care in the Community Clinical

2

NSG 454. Transition to Practice

3

NSG 454L. Transition to Practice Clinical

2

NSG 455. Nursing Informatics

2

NSG 456. Capstone

5

Nursing Electives 1

2


 

61

1 The nursing electives may be taken any semester or summer session when a nursing elective is offered. A total of two credits of nursing electives are required prior to graduation.

Students can seek fall or spring admission to the program. Students must complete 36 credit hours before they will be considered for admission to the program.

Cluster One normally is completed during the first year. General Education courses in clusters two, three, four and five can be scheduled flexibly as desired by the student across the first and second years.

Most students can complete general education and prerequisite courses in four semesters, but some students find it necessary to enroll in summer school or an additional year to complete the work satisfactorily.

Major Requirements

Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the nursing website.

Junior/Senior Year

First Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 350. Foundations of Nursing

2

NSG 351. Health Assessment

3

NSG 352. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care I

4

NSG 352L. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care I Clinical

2

NSG 353. Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

4


 

15

 

Second Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 354. The Art & Science of Nursing

2

NSG 355. Women's Health

3

NSG 355L. Women's Health Clinical

1

NSG 356. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care II

4

NSG 356L. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care II Clinical

2

NSG 357. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

3

NSG 357L. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Clinical

1


 

16

 

Third Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 450. Nursing Research

3

NSG 451. Child Health

3

NSG 451L. Child Health Clinical

1

NSG 452. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care III

4

NSG 452L. Clinical Applications & Reasoning in Nursing Care III Lab                     

1   

NSG 453. Population-Centered Care in the Community

2

NSG 453L. Population-Centered Care in the Community Clinical

2


 

16

 

Fourth Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 454. Transition to Practice

3

NSG 454L. Transition to Practice Clinical

2

NSG 455. Informatics

2

NSG 456. Capstone

5

Elective Nursing Credits 1                                                     

2


 

14

1 Can be taken prior to Fourth Semester

R.N. to B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required courses

Credit Hours

General Education courses 1

 

Cluster Two, Arts and Humanities

9

Cluster Four, The American Experience

4

Nursing courses

30

Portfolio Credit given for R.N. qualifications (up to)

37

Credit for Associate Degree and prerequisites 2

40


120

1 General Education (at JMU or as VCCS equivalents) and nursing prerequisite requirements.

2 Pre-requisite courses (include the following JMU or VCCS equivalents) WRTC 100; GWRTC 103BIO 270 & 290GPSYC 160PHIL 270SOCI 101BIO 280 or CHEM 120.

Major Requirements

Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the nursing department website.

Full-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year

Fall Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 324. RN/BSN Strategies for Success 1

1

NSG 325. Concepts in Aging

3

NSG 333. Health Assessment

3

NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice

3

NSG 463. Professional Role Transition

3


13

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 460. Informatics

2

NSG 461. Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

4

NSG 464. Introduction to Nursing Research

3

NSG 471. Leadership and Management in Healthcare

3


12

 

Summer Session

Credit Hours

NSG 466. Community Health Practicum

1

NSG 469. Caring for the Public's Health: Community Health Nursing

4


 

 

5

NSG 324. RN/BSN Strategies for Success is required during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Part-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year

Fall Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 324. RN/BSN Strategies for Success 2

1

NSG 333. Health Assessment

3

NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice

3


7

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 461. Pathophysiology & Pharmacology

4

NSG 464. Introduction to Research

3


7

 

Summer Session

Credit Hours

NSG 466. Community Health Practicum

1

NSG 469. Caring for the Public's Health: Community Health Nursing

4


5

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 325. Concepts in Aging

3

NSG 463. Professional Role Transition

3


6

 

Spring Semester

Credit Hours

NSG 460. Healthcare Informatics

2

NSG 471. Leadership and Management in Healthcare

3


5


NSG 324. RN/BSN Strategies for Success is required during the first semester of enrollment in the program.

Special Expenses

Additional expenses for nursing students include testing, technology and software requirements, transportation, uniforms, assessment equipment, laboratory fees, organizational membership fees and professional conference attendance expenses.