James Madison University

RN to BSN Completion Program


RN to BSN Prerequisite, Corequisite, and General Education Requirements

Prerequisite Courses Required Prior to Entry to Program


These Course Numbers Are Based on VCCS Equivalents

  • English 111 (English Composition I)
  • English 112 (English Composition II)
  • Biology 141 (Anatomy and Physiology I)
  • Biology 142 (Anatomy and Physiology II)
  • Psychology 230, or 231 AND 232 (Developmental Psychology)
  • Laboratory Science - 4 credit Microbiology or Chemistry (Microbiology BIO 150 or BIO 205 or Chemistry CHM 101 or 111 or 121 AND 122 or CHM 125*)
  • Nursing 100 & 106 (or equivalents)
  • Nursing 210 & 211 (or equivalents)

*CHM 125 is a 3 credit course. Students taking this course to satisfy their Laboratory Science prerequisite will need to use 1 credit from an optional course for credit (see below).

Corequisite Courses Required Prior to Graduation


  • Philosophy 225, 226 or 227
  • Sociology 200, 201 or 215

General Education Courses Required Prior to Graduation


Cluster 2 Requirements: (3 classes needed to fulfill requirement; 9 credits total)

  • Human Questions: (Choose 1 class from the following) HIS 111, HIS 112, HUM 201, HUM 202, HUM 211, HUM 212, HUM 215, HUM 259, HUM 260, PHI 100, PHI 101, PHI 102, PHI 200, PHI 211, PHI 212, REL 230 or REL 231 AND REL 232
  • Fine Arts: (Choose 1 class from the following) ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 105, ART 111, ART 112, ART 201, ART 202, MUS 121, CST 130, CST 141
  • Literature: (Choose 1 class from the following) ENG 230, ENG 233, ENG 236, ENG 237, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 245, ENG 246, ENG 249, ENG 250, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 253, ENG 254, ENG 255, ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 258, ENG 260, ENG 267, ENG 268, ENG 270, ENG 271, ENG 272, ENG 273, ENG 274, ENG 276, ENG 278, HUM 111, HUM 112

Cluster 4 Requirements: (4 credits total)

  • The American Experience: HIS 121 AND HIS 122 (Both classes needed to fulfill Cluster 4 requirements)
    -or-
  • Political Science: (Choose 1 class from the following) PLS 130, PLS 135 or PLS 211 (These courses are only 3 credit hours total. An optional course for credit will be needed if a PLS course is taken – see below.)

Please note: These course equivalents are subject to change. Please visit the VCCS-JMU Course Equivalents page for a list of the most current transferable course equivalents.

Optional Courses for Credit


These courses may be taken for additional credit when taking CHM 125 and/or PLS 130, 135 or 211

  • Medical Terminology (HLT 143 or HLT 144)
  • Speech Communication (CST 100, 105 or 110)
  • Statistics (MTH 157 or MTH 240)
  • Nutrition (HLT 230)

Permission to Transfer Courses Form: Once admitted to JMU, students wishing to take general education courses at schools other than JMU must complete the PERMISSION TO TRANSFER COURSES form prior to taking classes. Forms are found at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/students/forms.shtml