James Madison University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


Advising for the Nursing Major

Advising Mission Statement


Academic advising is an ongoing process where advisors welcome and introduce students to JMU's rich academic culture through communication designed to contribute to student development and academic success.  Advisors guide students through the integration of curricular, co-curricular, and personal choices while encouraging students to engage in reflection and self-assessment to provide meaningful change-oriented intervention as appropriate.

What is Academic Advising?


Academic Advising is a collaborative process in which students and advisors work together to develop educational plans and promote academic success.  However, the ultimate responsibility of selecting courses, meeting requirements and following policies and procedures lies with the student, not the advisor.

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Prospective Nursing Students

How to Change Your Major to Nursing

The first step for changing your major is to log into MyMadison and visit your Student Center.  In the “Other Academic…” dropdown menu you should find options for adding and dropping a major.  Once you have completed this process, you will need to schedule an appointment with Kelly Schuhmann, Academic Advisor for the School of Nursing.  To make an appointment, go to www.meetme.so/KellySchuhmann.  The addition of the Nursing major will not be approved until you have met with the advisor.

Freshmen Nursing Majors

Visit your Student Center on MyMadison to find the name of your assigned advisor. 

Sophomore and Junior Nursing Majors

Transfer and Second Degree Students

Admitted Nursing Students

Newly admitted Nursing students will receive orientation information via email in plenty of time to prepare for the first semester of the Nursing program.  If you have an emergent issue or question before receiving this information, you may contact Becky Meadows in the BSN Program Administrative Office at (540) 568-8868.

Currently enrolled Nursing Students should refer to your Student Center on MyMadison to contact your Faculty Advisor.

Academic Resources


Other Campus Resources