BSN Program

BSN Program Overview

two BSN students taking blood pressure readings

As a graduate of the JMU Nursing Program you will be prepared to practice as a registered nurse to provide nursing care to clients in a variety of settings. The program enjoys a strong positive reputation. JMU graduates perform well on the state licensure exam and have a wide choice of career options. Graduates move quickly into positions of responsibility and leadership. Attributes of the BSN Program include the following:

  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at James Madison University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (
  • Fully approved by the Virginia State Board of Nursing
  • Leads to a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN)
  • Qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
  • Classes of 113 students in each cohort and a low (<1:10) faculty to student ratio

In Nursing, students learn knowledge, practice skills, and apply these to "real life" practice experiences. Learning activities are varied, innovative and up-to-date.

  • Classroom: In addition to lectures and discussion, learning activities include case study discussions, computer assisted learning, role-play and group activities. Advanced classroom technology allows faculty to use multimedia including PowerPoint presentations, films and computer-assisted instruction to enrich learning.
  • Skills Laboratories: State of the art equipment, simulation lab, mannequins and learning resources allow students to learn physical examination skills, nursing procedures (for example, how to give an injection or start an IV), and technical skills (for example, how to use IV pumps and suction equipment)
  • Practicum: Students apply knowledge to practice in a wide variety of health care agencies that include Hospitals, Outpatient Clinics, Home Health Agencies, the Free Clinic, the Health Department, Schools, Long-term Care Facilities and Rehabilitation Centers to name a few.
  • Student-Faculty Interaction: Supportive student/professor relationships are key to successful learning. A low professor to student ratio, a faculty open-door policy and close working relationships with faculty help students to develop their full personal and professional potential. You will be assigned a faculty adviser who will be available to assist you with program planning, problem solving and career exploration.

For questions or additional information, please contact the Nursing Academic adviser, Kelly Schuhmann.

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