James Madison University

Program History

1980 Admitted first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) class

21 BSN students graduated from the charter class

Received program accreditation through the National League for Nursing (NLN)


Nursing Department joined the College of Integrated Science and Technology (CISAT)

9 full time faculty; 40-45 BSN graduates per year

1998 Received full accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which continues to the present for all programs
1999 Department moved to the newly constructed Health and Human Services building on the east campus
2000 Received charter as Pi Mu at-large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society
2002 BSN program expanded to enroll 60 nursing students, initiating a phased plan for growth of the BSN program

Implemented new Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Educator concentrations

Received 3-year Advanced Education Nursing Program grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to fund the program

2005 Launched a BSN completion program for working registered nurses with Associate Degrees
2008 Received the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Program Assessment for the BSN program

Achieved full 10 year reaccreditation of all programs from CCNE

Continued growth of programs with 27 full time faculty

Achieved target growth of BSN program, graduating more than 120 new nurses!

Submitted Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program proposal to the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia for approval

Pi Mu at-large Chapter received a Key Chapter Award from Sigma Theta Tau International


Pi Mu Nursing Honor Society