Bachelor of Science in Nursing

About the Baccalaureate Program

The JSU School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Students begin the nursing program by taking academic, core requirement 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 Senior Lead Advisor at the College of Health Professions and Wellness (CHPW) at least three months prior to date of entry to establish records for acceptance* and complete the application process.

Application deadlines for upper division:
June 1 for Fall Semester
October 1 for Spring Semester

Late applications are not accepted.

*Graduates of the BSN program are eligible to seek approval to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). For information about Nurse Compact Licensure (NLC) and Multi-State Licensure please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website. 

Admission* Requirements

  • All applicants must have an ACT or SAT score on file.  The ACT or SAT test must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.  JSU has ACT and SAT score guidelines for admission to the university as a freshman student but those policies for admission to JSU are unrelated to the subsequent use of the ACT or SAT for admission to the upper division nursing program. A minimum ACT of 20 (composite) or a 1030 on the SAT is required to apply.  
  • Applicants for admission to upper division nursing must be admitted to Jacksonville State University. (Visit Our Office of 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 2.75 GPA on core requirement 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 School 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.

*The term "admitted" refers to assessment of select criteria for upper division coursework as defined in the JSU Undergraduate catalogue. 


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Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602

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Jacksonville State University
Tricia Nelson
Senior Lead Advisor serving the CHPW
School of Nursing 
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602