Jan 27, 2023  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, B.S.N.

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Dr. Julie T. Sanford, Director
Mr. Joseph Tacy, Associate Director
Phone: (540) 568-6314
Email: sanforjt@jmu.edu
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies Building, Room 4092
Website: http://www.nursing.jmu.edu

M. deValpine, M. Eaton, L. Hulton, J. Sanford, S. Zook

Associate Professors
S. Annan, M. Bagnardi, A. Knopp, E. Lewis, E. Metzler-Sawin, L. Sobel, J. Strunk, D. Trimm

Assistant Professors
C. Argenbright, L. Donovon, D. Elkins, D. Gleason, A. Graham, J. Harnage, B. Herron, K. Jagiello, T. Kiser, C. Lam, J. Lee, M.Scheikl, J. Tacy

C. Brown, L. Carmines, C. Fasching-Maphis, J. Haynes, M. Leisen, N. Puffenbarger, A. Kelly, S. Stowell, K. Weeks


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


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, cross disciplinary 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


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 School 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 school 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.
  • Transfer students must complete one semester as a full-time student at JMU prior to applying the B.S.N. program.
  • 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 prerequisite 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 120 , MATH 220  and at least two of the required biology courses (BIO 270 , BIO 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 120 , MATH 220 , PSYC 160 , NUTR 280 , BIO 270 , BIO 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 online. Students must meet the school’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 undergraduate 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 school 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 school website.

Special Expenses

A differential tuition of $90 per credit hour is added to the standard charge for courses carrying the NSG prefix. This charge applies to all students, both in-state and out-of-state, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with exception of students enrolled in the R.N. to B.S.N. program.

Degree and Major Requirements

Generic B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education , prerequisite and elective courses 59 Credit Hours 1
  • Nursing courses (including nursing electives) 61 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours


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.


1 Contained in General Education Cluster Three .
2 Contained in General Education Cluster Five .

Total: 24 Credit Hours

Total: 61 Credit Hours

Additional Information

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 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

Can be taken anytime during junior or senior year.

  • Nursing Electives 2 Credit Hours

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