James Madison University

RN to BSN Completion Program

Co-Enrollment Admission FAQ

When are applications due?

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

  • For Fall admission: Application due July 31
  • For Spring admission: Application due December 1

Who can apply?

Prospective applicants must be accepted into an associate degree nursing program through one of the participating VCCS schools. Applicants should check with their nursing program to see if an agreement exists and should also obtain approval from their nursing program adviser before sending transcripts for review.

Do you accept unofficial transcripts for review?

Unofficial transcripts are not accepted for review. Official transcripts are required for the application, so the official transcripts used during review will also be used to complete your application. Students will not need to request transcripts more than once.

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. These 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 a transcript review is completed, previous non-graduating JMU students will follow the same process to apply as all other students. Learn more about the re-entry process.

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 here.

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 participating VCCS school – students should check with their school to see if a co-enrollment agreement exists
  • 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 (if applicable). 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. At this time there is no cap on the number of students taken each cycle for the co-enrollment program but the process is competitive. All applicants are encouraged to follow application guidelines carefully and submit all application materials in a timely manner.
Admission is competitive and based on all academic qualifications described in the Admission Requirements. Once a student is admitted to the co-enrollment program, they will transition directly into the degree-seeking RN/BSN program upon successful completion of their associate nursing program.

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 $50 non-degree seeking application fee (paid once per year in the co-enrollment program.)

Program Costs
First Semester 4 credit hours + $50 application fee $1,642
Second Semester 3 credit hours $1,194
Third Semester 3 credit hours + $50 application fee $1,244
Fourth Semester 3 credit hours $1,194
TOTAL: $5,274 *Based on in-state tuition rate

Undergraduate Tuition Rates 2018-2019 - Fall and Spring
In-State: $398 per credit hour
Out-of-State: $408 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. View current tuition rates.

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. Once students graduate with their associate degree from the 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.