James Madison University

RN to BSN Completion Program


RN to BSN Admission FAQ

When are applications due?


There are two cycles each year for admission into the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN/BSN) Program.

For Fall admission:

  • Transcripts due March 30th
  • Application due April 15th
  • Students will be notified mid to late May

For Spring admission:

  • Transcripts due September 30th
  • Application due October 15th
  • Students will be notified mid to late November

Do you accept unofficial transcripts for review?


Unofficial transcripts are not accepted for review. Official transcripts are required for the application, so the official transcripts used during review will also be used to complete your application. You will not need to request transcripts more than once.

I'm a student in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) at a school with an articulation agreement with JMU. Will I be guaranteed admission to the program?


The RN/BSN Program has articulation agreements with several VCCS schools that allow qualified students to gain admission to the program. If you are a student in the VCCS who plans to apply to the RN/BSN Program, you should review the articulation agreement and complete a Letter of Intent with your community college counselor or adviser. The Letter of Intent should be submitted to the School of Nursing prior to completion of your application.

Admission is contingent upon transcript review, meeting general admission requirements, and timely submission and fulfillment of all requirements outlined on the Letter of Intent.

I currently hold a Bachelor's degree from another institution. What is the process for applying?


Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from another institution are exempt from completing both the prerequisite and general education requirements with the exception of the Nursing prerequisite requirements. These must be met in order to be considered for the program. All other admission requirements remain in effect.

What requirements do I need to meet in order to apply to the RN/BSN Program?


In order to apply to the RN/BSN Program you must meet the following requirements:

  • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing from a community college or diploma nursing school.
  • Transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in Nursing (if applicable). Transcripts below 2.5 will be reviewed on an individual case by case basis.
  • TOEFL scores greater than 570 for international applicants.
  • Current unrestricted RN license in any state, Washington D.C., or a U.S possession or territory.
  • 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).
  • Employment as an RN for a minimum of six months or plans to practice concurrently with coursework.
  • Ability to meet the school's Technical Standards for nursing practice
  • Have completed all RN to BSN Prerequisite and General Education Course Requirements

Is there ever a waitlist?


Yes. We never know precisely how many students will accept our offer of admission so the waitlist is the pool of applicants we consider if we are able to admit additional students to fill the class. The extent to which we use the waitlist varies widely from cycle to cycle.

Once students are notified of their admission offer and have accepted the offer, their place in the program is guaranteed. However, if a student does not accept the offer of admission, another student will be selected to be offered admission into the program. Students who are not admitted and wish to be considered for subsequent semesters must reapply.

What happens if my GPA is below a 2.5?


The RN/BSN Program prefers transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in Nursing (if applicable). Transcripts below 2.5 will be reviewed on an individual case by case basis.

How many students are admitted each cycle?


Nursing is a very popular career choice nationally and that trend is no different here at JMU. There is no cap on the number of students taken each cycle but the process is competitive. All applicants are encouraged to follow application guidelines carefully and submit all application materials in a timely manner.

What are my odds of getting into the program?


Although it is not possible to predict the odds of admission, we can give you some trends. The number of applicants to the JMU School of Nursing has increased during recent years as a result of the nursing shortage and increased salaries and benefits associated with nursing. Admission is competitive and based on all academic qualifications described in the Admission Requirements.

If I am admitted to the program is there an opportunity for scholarships?


There are two scholarship opportunities available to RN/BSN students: the Frank & Eva Farrell Endowed Scholarship in Nursing and the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship. Visit the following page for more information about both: http://www.jmu.edu/scholarships/nursing.shtml

Other Frequently Asked Questions:

Are you an accredited program?


Yes, we are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and fully approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing.

Are all your faculty members practicing nurses?


Yes, in order to be a faculty member with JMU Nursing all faculty must be current on their nursing license.

What level of computer knowledge do I need to be successful in the program?


Our program follows a standard online learning model using the Canvas platform. Find more details on what to expect in this online learning environment by taking a short assessment of your computer skills.

Approximately how many clinical hours are required in the program?


There is a 1 credit community health practicum that is completed over the summer for a total of 45 clinical hours. Students report to a preceptor at an approved community health site in their local area to complete this portion of the program.

If admitted, approximately how much will the program cost?


Please refer to the latest RN to BSN Handbook for estimated program costs. Costs differ slightly between full-time and part-time enrollment.