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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Description of the Baccalaureate Program

The Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, which enables the program graduate to apply to take the registered nurse (RN) licensure examination. Students begin the nursing program by taking academic, prerequisite courses (see plan of study below); a separate application is filed to request admission into the clinical portion (upper division) of nursing. Students are admitted to the upper division of nursing in the spring and fall of each year. Those seeking admission to nursing must contact the Director of Student Services at the College of Nursing at least three months prior to date of entry to establish records for acceptance and complete the application process.

Application deadlines for upper division are June 1 for Fall semester, and October 1 for Spring semester

Late applications are not accepted.


Admission Requirements

  • Effective for admission to upper division for fall 2014 and thereafter, the ACT test is a requirement for eligibility for admission.  See Pre-Nursing Advisement Guidelines for details.  Call if you have questions.
  • Applicants for admission to upper division nursing must be admitted to Jacksonville State University. (Jacksonville State University Admissions)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be provided to the Jacksonville State University Admissions Office
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with "C" or better
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA on prerequisite courses
  • Each student's record will be reviewed as a basis for acceptance
  • A student that has been enrolled in any upper division nursing program (RN or LPN) and was unsuccessful in progressing satisfactorily in that program is not eligible to apply
  • Students for whom English is not their native language must present TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) completed within four years and meet the College of Nursing TOEFL standard of: 560 for TOEFL written (paper-based), 220 for TOEFL CBT (computer based), or 83 for iBT (internet based).
  • Criminal background checks and drug screens are required for all nursing students.
  • Students that graduate the BSN program may be denied licensure to practice by the ABN, or by any other state board of nursing, based on a criminal history, drug or alcohol abuse, or other issues. Prospective applicants for admission to upper division nursing should review the Alabama Board of Nursing's Regulatory Questions for Initial Exam Applicants.
  • The College of Nursing reserves the right to request information from any healthcare licensing agency, registry, or state board, to discover if any admitted student or applicant for admission has had adverse action against them related to employment or volunteer work, or any other involvement in patient care. Any findings of suspension, restriction, revocation, or any other adverse action taken by a board of nursing or any other certifying agency related to patient care will result in denial of admission or dismissal from the program.
  • See JSU Catalogue for more information regarding admission, denial of admission, and qualifications for RN licensure.

Baccalaureate Plan of Study

Estimated Upper Division Expenses

JSU Catalogue

Pre-Nursing Advisement Guidelines

Student Checklist

Medical Terminology

Emergency Text/Phone Calls Messaging

How to Register for JSU Classes
- ( Student Registration Procedure)


Applications/Information

To request an application to JSU contact:

Jacksonville State University
Office of Admissions
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5268
Online Undergraduate Admissions

For academic advisement or information specific to nursing contact:

Jacksonville State University
Director of Student Services
College Nursing 
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602
(800) 231-5291
(256) 782-5276
e-mail: killingsworth@jsu.edu
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