James Madison University

Bachelor of Science in Nursing


BSN Curriculum Overview

JMU offers a 4-year program leading to a Bachelor of Nursing degree. During the first 2 years students complete the General Education Program and the Prerequisite Courses. Students must earn a C- or higher in all prerequisite courses before they can begin junior nursing classes.

Students begin courses in the 4-Semester Nursing Program usually at the beginning of the junior year. The 2-year nursing program of study includes 59 credit hours of core nursing courses and 2 required credit hours of Nursing Elective Courses. Nursing electives can be taken anytime in the freshman through senior year. The Nursing Program consists of:

  • Classroom courses
  • Varied practicum activities
  • Health Assessment & Skills labs
  • Simulation Lab Experiences
  • Learning: Theory, Skills, Application

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BSN Course List


A complete listing of all core and elective courses is available in the nursing program section of the official 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog.

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