RN to BSN Completion

Co-Enrollment FAQ

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When are applications due?

There are two cycles each year for admission into the RN-BSN co-enrollment program.

For Fall Admission:

    • Application due June 15th
    • Applications for remaining openings for fall cohort will be reviewed and decisions made on a case-by-case basis through August 1

For Spring Admission:

    • Application due November 15th
    • Applications for remaining openings for spring cohort will be reviewed and decisions made on a case-by-case basis through December 1

Who can apply?

Prospective applicants must be accepted into a RN associate degree nursing program through a VCCS school and have met the prerequisites outlined in the RN-BSN Co-Enrollment Requirements.

A phone interview with the program coordinator may be required prior to application to the co-enrollment program.

Do you accept unofficial transcripts for review?

Yes. Unofficial transcripts are accepted for review for prospective co-enrollment program applicants only. Once co-enrollment students transition into the degree-seeking RN-BSN program, official copies of transcripts will be required.

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

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

The process to apply also remains the same. JMU graduates will need to complete a new application to begin a new career at JMU.

I previously attended JMU but did not graduate. Can I still enter the RN-BSN Co-Enrollment Program?

Yes! We welcome all former Dukes. Once previous non-graduating JMU students transition into the degree-seeking RN-BSN program, they will be guided to apply for re-entry to the university through the Office of Academic Student Services. No additional application is necessary. Learn more about the re-entry process.

What requirements do I need to meet in order to apply to the RN-BSN Co-Enrollment Program?

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

  • have been accepted into a VCCS school RN program
  • present transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale
  • submit a copy of their nursing program schedule
  • have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better
  • be able to meet the JMU School of Nursing Technical Standards for nursing practice
  • follow guidelines set forth in the RN-BSN Handbook
  • complete a transcript review with the RN/BSN program that reflects all prerequisite courses have been or will be completed by the time a student will enter the first co-enrollment semester

What happens if my GPA is below a 2.5?

The RN-BSN Co-Enrollment Program requires transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of a 2.5 or better on a 4-point scale and a minimum GPA of 2.5 for any nursing courses completed. It is paramount that students do well in their VCCS courses, therefore students with a GPA lower than 2.5 will not be considered.

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 strongly encouraged to follow application guidelines carefully and submit all application materials by deadlines.

If admitted, approximately how much will the program cost?

Students will spend between 2 and 4 semesters in the co-enrollment program, based on whether they enter as first semester or second semester in their associate degree program. Totals include number of credit hours plus $20 non-degree seeking application fee (paid once per academic year in the co-enrollment program).

Costs associated with the program
Program Costs
First Semester 4 credit hours + $20 application fee $1,640
Second Semester 3 credit hours $1,215
Third Semester 3 credit hours + $20 application fee $1,235
Fourth Semester 3 credit hours $1,215
TOTAL: $5,305 *Based on in-state tuition rate

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 2019-2020 - Fall and Spring

  • In-State: $405 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: $415 per credit hour

The university reserves the right to adjust tuition and fee charges because of rising costs or other conditions upon approval of the JMU Board of Visitors.

Can I use my financial aid with this program?

The James Madison University School of Nursing is committed to assisting students with identifying and obtaining resources to finance higher education. The VCCS school students attend for their associate degree in nursing is designated as the home institution. It is in the best interest of students co-enrolled in the VCCS to continue receiving aid solely through their community college for their associate degree completion. JMU will not count the classes students are taking at a VCCS school while completing their ADN when determining financial aid eligibility. Once students graduate with their associate degree from their VCCS school, they may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA and explore additional resources through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships upon entering the program as a traditional degree-seeking student in the RN-BSN Program at JMU.

Can I take more than one class per semester?

Unfortunately not. We are vested in your success at your VCCS program. Taking too many courses simultaneously can overload your schedule and cause poor performance in courses that are essential to your academic success. The only exception is during your first semester at JMU while taking the 1 credit Strategies for Success course in addition to your scheduled 3 credit course.

What happens after graduation from my ADN program?

As you get close to graduation, you need to stay in touch with your RN-BSN adviser. You will have the opportunity to design your plan of study moving forward. Remember you need to pass your NCLEX to matriculate into the program as a degree-seeking student. Once you have let your adviser know of your plans, the operations coordinator will send you information on how to apply to the degree-seeking RN-BSN program after your last semester as a co-enrollment student.

Do I have to start the co-enrollment program in my first semester at VCCS?

The co-enrollment program is flexible. Entry is open to any qualified VCCS student enrolled in an ADN nursing program regardless of their semester in the program. Students may start in their first, second, third, or even fourth semester and their plan of study will be tailored accordingly.

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