Why a BSN?

There is a national movement to encourage registered nurses to further their education and obtain Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. Studies show that nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level have stronger critical thinking skills and are more effective communicators. Additionally, employers often prefer to hire nurses with a baccalaureate degree. A Bachelor of Science Degree in nursing from the University of Jamestown brings with it with a strong foundation in the liberal arts.

The diverse body of knowledge that you will gain from a liberal arts education will help you to develop the ability to think critically and to see relationships between ideas, philosophies, and subject areas – all of which will enhance your ability as a creative and caring professional nurse. The Department of Nursing emphasizes the bio-psycho-social-spiritual nature of the patients for whom we care. This holistic approach to caring extends as well to our students.

Why the University of Jamestown?

Consistent with the purposes of University of Jamestown , we seek to offer an environment that recognizes the distinctiveness of each student. This extends to our online program. University of Jamestown has developed an online program that accommodates your busy lifestyle and allows you to reach your goal on your schedule. Online classes give you the flexibility to complete your coursework when it works best in your schedule.

We will work with you to arrange clinical experiences in your home community as much as possible. You will have the opportunity to validate some or all of the clinical requirements for one or both clinical courses based on your nursing experience. Let us help you reach your professional goals in the rewarding field of nursing!

Program tuition is $425 per credit hour.

General Education Requirements

A total of 48 semester credits of general education courses are required to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Our Department of Nursing and Office of Admission will work with you to determine the transfer of previously earned college credits. General education courses should be completed or almost completed before beginning the required nursing courses and are categorized into five areas:

  • Moral and Civic Education – 12 credits
  • Communication Skills – 6 credits
  • Cultural and Social Heritage – 15 credits
  • Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning – 14 credits
  • Physical Education or CPR – 1 credit

Required Nursing Courses

As an online RN to BSN student, you will be a part of a cohort enrolled in the following classes:

  • Pathophysiologic Basis for Pharmacology – 3 credits
  • Nursing Research – 2 credits
  • Community Health Nursing – 6 credits
  • Nursing Leadership/Management – 7 credits
  • Nursing as a Profession – 2 credits
  • Special Topic Course – 2-3 credits

Admission Requirements

  • RN degree from an accredited nursing school
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Current, unencumbered RN license
  • Acceptable criminal background check

Admission Process

To be considered for admission, the following items are required:

Mail to:
Office of Admission
University of Jamestown
6081 College Lane
Jamestown, ND 58405

  • Letter of Recommendation
    1. You will provide contact information for the individual you wish to complete a Letter of Recommendation when you complete your online application.
    2. The admissions office will send an email to the named party to complete an online reference form and submit it to the University of Jamestown.

The student financial aid process is an important, complex and generally necessary element of your college career. The financial aid staff at University of Jamestown wishes to simplify the process for you from beginning to end and from year to year.

Sources and Types of Student Financial Aid*

  • State
    • Need-based grant
    • Academic scholarships
  • Federal
    • Need-based grants
    • Student work program
    • Loans
  • Private
    • Scholarships
    • Loans

* Each program has its own eligibility criteria

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

To be eligible for most student financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. You may begin filing your FAFSA any time after January 1 of each year but it is advisable to wait until you have completed your U.S. Federal Income Tax Return. (Please contact our office if you have a question about timing.)

University of Jamestown’s Federal School Code is 002990.

  • If you and your parent (if dependent) do not have a PIN, you may apply at
  • Complete your FAFSA at This is the first step in the application for state and federal grants, workstudy and loans.
  • Based upon the results of your FAFSA and enrollment status, you will be awarded the maximum aid for which you are eligible. It is your responsibility to notify the financial aid office if you wish to decline any of the aid.


Federal Student Loans

Direct Loans

  • You must complete Entrance Counseling for Federal Direct Loans for University of Jamestown (even if you have completed the counseling for another school in the past). Please complete Entrance Counseling at
  • You must also complete a Direct Loan Master Promissory Note at (even if you have completed a Master Promissory Note at another school in the past).

Perkins Loan

Please contact the Financial Aid Office if you have any difficulty with any of the processes.

  • If you have been awarded a Federal Perkins Loan, you must complete Entrance Counseling at
  • You will be notified by the Financial Aid Office when your Perkins Loan Master Promissory Note is ready for you to sign.

Private Education Loans

Should you be in need of additional funding, you can review a historical listing of lenders that our students have utilized over the past five years.

Our office will certify an approved loan from any of these lenders or any other lender of your choice.


Satisfactory Academic Progress Return of Title IV Funds Policy

Consumer Information & Additional Resources

Questions and Concerns

Our financial aid department is staffed with experts who are eager to answer your questions and help you through the process. They can be reached at (701) 252-3567 ext. 5556.

fin aid staff dec 2013

Amy Myers
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Liechty Center Taber Hall
Room 41
(701) 252-3467 ext. 5568

Judy Hager
Director of Financial Aid
Liechty Center Taber Hall
Room 41
(701) 252-3467 ext. 5548

Becky Ukestad
Financial Aid Counselor
Liechty Center Taber Hall
Room 41
(701) 252-3467 ext. 5556

DEPARTMENT CHAIR Mangnall-Jacqueline
Jacqueline Mangnall, PhD, RNProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: BA, Jamestown College; MS, South Dakota State University, PhD, University of North Dakota
Teaches: Child/Adult Mental Health, Nursing Research and Special Topic: Healthcare & Culture in Kenya; Healthcare & Culture in Viet Nam
Mello-Bethany Bethany Mello, DNP, MS, NP-CAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BS, Northwest Nazarene University; MS in Nursing Education at Walden University
Teaches: Child/Adult Health I and Child/Adult Health II
Fuchs-Sara Sarah Fuchs, MS, RNCAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, North Dakota State University; MS in Nursing Education at Concordia College NCC Certified in Inpatient Obstetrical Nursing
Teaches: Childbearing Family, Child/Adult Mental Health, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Nursing Professions, and Nursing Cooperative Experiences
Hournbuckle-Wendy Wendy Hournbuckle, MS, RNAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, University of North Dakota; MS, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Teaches: Nursing Foundations, Child/Adult Health I and Special Topic, End of Life Care: The Role of the Nurse
Ash-Kim Kim Ash, MS, RNAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, University of Wyoming; MS in Nursing Education at Minnesota State University Moorhead
Teaches: Health Assessment, Nutrition, and Childbearing Family
Gunderson-Sherri_0 Sheri Gunderson, MS, RNAssistant Professor and Lab Skills Coordinator

Certifications/Degrees: BSN, Minot State University; MS, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Teaches: Child/Adult Health I and Nursing Foundations
Klose-Mona Mona Klose, MS, RN, CPHQAssistant Professor

Certifications/Degrees: BA, Jamestown College; MS, University of North Dakota Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality
Teaches: Community Health Nursing and Nursing Management
Rittenbach-Terri Teree Rittenbach, PhD, GNP, BCProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: BA, Jamestown College; MS, University of Portland; PhD, University of Minnesota; ANCC Certified Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
Teaches: Nutrition, Child/Adult Health II, Child/Adult Health III, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support
The four-year baccalaureate nursing program at Jamestown College maintains accreditation by both the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing and is approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

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  • University of Jamestown
    Nursing Department
    6010 College Lane
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • (701)252-3467 EXT: 5497
  • Teree Rittenbach, PhD, GNP, BC Professor | PH: (701)252-3467 ext. 5493

  • Jim Klemann Director of Transfer Admission | PH: (701) 252-3467 ext 5024