Veteran BSN Program

Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

In the fall of 2013, the Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing was awarded a federal grant (HRSA Grant # UF1HP26485) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to develop and implement a Veteran to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) Program.

The purpose of the grant is to provide dedicated career tracks and support services that equip enrolled Veteran nursing students with the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities and coping strategies that enable them to thrive in nursing school, graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, pass the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination), and secure employment.

The Jacksonville University Keigwin School of Nursing (JU KSON) was one of only nine nursing schools nationally to be awarded the grant.

Jacksonville University's Veteran BSN Program supports Veterans enrolled in the established, successful Pre-Licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program.

Pre-licensure Track

This program offers qualified pre-licensure Veterans an opportunity to earn a BSN through either a traditional or second degree option as a full-time, campus-based student.

BSN Pre-licensure Track For Veterans

Seeds of Success The VBSN Program Documentary


Video Credit

Thank you to Rex Polanis, owner and senior editor of Drawn In Media, LLC, for creating these videos of our program. Rex can be reached at or (904) 327-5101.

Support Services

Each Veteran student is bolstered by Veteran-specific resiliency training and academic support. The VBSN support services include Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Counseling, HeartMath Resiliency Training, Tutoring Services and NCLEX PassPoint Training.

Additionally, Dr. Lynnette Kennison (Jacksonville University Veteran BSN Program Director) and Ms. Camille Howard (Veteran BSN Program Coordinator) will help ensure personal support for each Veteran student.

Additional Links for VBSN Students

JU KSON Veteran BSN Program in the News

Videos from VBSN Sponsored Events

Veteran Faculty, Keigwin School of Nursing


ART Research Study

All Keigwin School of Nursing military veterans and MECP students in the pre-licensure BSN program are invited to participate in a test anxiety reduction research study. If you're interested in participating, download the recruitment flyer.


Dr. Lynnette Kennison

VBSN Program Director

Camille Howard

VBSN Program Coordinator​

Katherine Purcell

VBSN Research Support Coordinator

Suzanne Hinkel

VBSN Graduate Liaison

2017 HRSA Standard Disclaimer Statement

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant No. UF1HP26485, Grant Title: Veterans to BSN Program for a total amount of $1,098,634. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.