James Madison University

RN to BSN Admission

Admissions Forms

Recommendation Form - [Word] [Acrobat]
Supplemental Application - [Word] [Acrobat]

Application Deadline:


The deadlines for applications are April 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. Applicants who apply prior to April 15 will be given first consideration.

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.
  • 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 department's Technical Standards for nursing practice (posted on the nursing website).

There is a mandatory 2-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, have to defer to the following semester.

Admission Process:


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

    Theresa Jennings
    Admissions Coordinator
    Outreach & Engagement
    jennintl@jmu.edu
    MSC 6906
    127 West Bruce Street, Ice Factory 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 general admission (using the undergraduate transfer application) through the JMU Office of Admissions (www.jmu.edu/admissions). Online applications are accepted through April 15 for fall admission and October 15 for spring admission. In the personal statement section of the online application, please write in “RN-BSN Program Application. Apply for admission to the RN-BSN program by sending the following documents to :

    Theresa Jennings
    Admissions Coordinator
    Outreach & Engagement
    jennintl@jmu.edu
    MSC 6906
    127 West Bruce Street, Ice Factory 312
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

  2. Once your application packet is complete and all materials have been received, it will be sent to the program coordinator for a final admissions decision.