James Madison University

RN to BSN Admission to the Program

Application Deadlines:

The deadlines for applications are April 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

September 30: Transcript reviews for Spring 2017 will be closed after this date.  All transcripts received after this date will be reviewed for possible admission for Fall 2017.

March 16: Transcript reviews for Fall 2017 will be closed after this date.  All transcript reviews after this date will be reviewed for possible admission for Spring 2018.

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the RN/BSN program of study in Nursing is competitive.  Prospective students must have the following qualifications:

  • 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).
  • 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 (posted on the nursing website).

JMU’s RN/BSN 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.

There is a mandatory one-day RN/BSN Orientation held before the start of each semester that counts toward the 1 credit course NSG 324 – Strategies for Academic Success. Students unable to attend will be required to defer to the following semester.

The James Madison University RN/BSN Program agrees to notify all students in writing who are enrolled within the program whether or not the program meets requirements for licensure in the state where the student resides. If it is unknown whether the program will meet licensure requirements in the student’s state of residence, JMU will inform in writing and provide the student with the contact information for their appropriate state licensing board(s).  Email to the student’s best known email address will be the primary method of contact; however, other means of contact will be employed if/when necessary.

Admission Process:

  1. Send an Email to Theresa Jennings, Admissions Coordinator, at jennintl@jmu.edu, with a list of all institutions you have attended and your current mailing address; this will allow us to track transcripts as they are received. Send all official college transcripts to:

    Theresa Jennings
    Admissions Coordinator
    Outreach & Engagement
    MSC 6906
    127 West Bruce Street, Ice House 312
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807
  2. Once all transcripts are received, they will be sent to the program coordinator for evaluation.  If the program coordinator determines that you are a qualified candidate, you will be sent further instructions on how to access the application.
  3. Candidates may be asked to participate in a face-to-face or online interview via Skype or Facetime.

Once the program coordinator has determined that you are a qualified applicant, you must:

  1. Apply for admission to the RN/BSN Program using the following link: https://www.applyweb.com/jmubsn/. Online applications are accepted through
    April 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission.
    1. A copy of current RN licensure will be obtained prior to entry into the program.
  2. Once your application is complete and all materials have been received, it will be sent to the program coordinator and RN/BSN admissions committee for a final admissions decision.


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