Application Deadline

Midwifery, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Administrator accepts applications on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the student intends to enroll.

Family and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner concentration applications are due on December 15 at 5pm (EST). Applications submitted after December 15 deadline may be considered based on merit and availability in the program.

 

Program Begins

Fall only (Family and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner concentration)

Fall, Spring

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

Please be advised, the NP programs require a valid Virginia RN license. The MSN CNL or NA programs do not require a Virginia RN license.

Application to The Graduate School

  • After completing the Graduate School application, download this screen shot of the application fee receipt and save it as a PDF file, then upload NURSINGCAS as directed in the instructions, as outlined in #2 below.

Application to NURSINGCAS

  • For details, visit https://www.nursingcas.org
  • Submit all required documents - DO NOT submit these within the JMU Graduate School application.
  • Students applying for the Nurse Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will need to also apply and meet the Shenandoah University requirements.
  • Have a Bachelor's degree in nursing or another field*, with a cumulative GPA of 2.8.(3.0 required for NP and Nurse Midwifery applicants)
  • Hold a current unrestricted Registered Nurse License.
  • Have relevant professional clinical experience
  • Have taken undergraduate or graduate course in Statistics with a grade of C or higher.
  • Hold current CPR certification and health records.
  • Meet the School's technical standards for admission.
  • Provide evidence of personal and professional qualifications in form of two (2) professional recommendations.
  • For international students, provide evidence of passing grade on CGFNS exam (both parts). Apply for VA RN license (TOEFL 570 required). (Contact program director for more information.)
  • Participate in an interview, upon request.

For questions or additional information about the MSN Program, please contact Jennie Fink at (540) 568-2909 or fink3jl@jmu.edu.

* A transcript analysis will be completed on all students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program and an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in another field to determine any gaps in meeting the Essentials of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During this transcript review, the plan of study may include up to 11 extra credits.

Online Application
Criminal Background Check

The JMU School of Nursing Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs are graduate-level, clinical programs.  Based on Code of Virginia § 23.1-407.1 (https://law.justia.com/codes/virginia/2020/title-23-1/chapter-4/section-23-1-407-1/), the James Madison University School of Nursing (SON) Program will not deny admission to any applicant solely on the basis of criminal history.  However, for any applicant who has been admitted, but not yet enrolled, the Graduate Programs may inquire about the applicant’s criminal history.  The Graduate Program may then withdraw an offer of admission to anyone whom James Madison University determines has a criminal history that poses a threat to the institution’s community. Therefore, for individuals admitted to the JMU SON Graduate Programs:

  • It is required that a criminal background and sexual offender check be completed. 
  • These must be completed prior to enrollment.  Additional checks may be required later in the Program, just prior to the start of fieldwork. 
  • The student must comply with these additional checks in order to remain a student in good standing within the Program and before clinical placement can take place. 
  • The cost of these background checks will be the sole responsibility of the student. 

 It is imperative for prospective students to understand that depending on the information appearing on the criminal history record, it is possible that the student may not be able to participate in a clinical site practicum, which will prevent progression in the program.  Students may seek placement at alternative sites; however, it is possible that program completion would be in jeopardy if all fieldwork cannot be completed. 

International Applicants

International Graduate Information

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program does not qualify for a student visa.


If you graduated outside of the USA, you will need to pass the CGFNS Exam (both parts), apply for Virginia R.N. License, and have a TOEFL score of 88 or higher.


If you graduated outside of the USA, you will upload a credential evaluation of non-U.S. college or university degrees and transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

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