Nursing students work on patient simulations.

‘In the face of the nursing shortage, the increasing complexity of health care and health care reform, JMU Nursing is growing and implementing strong innovative programs to prepare and equip nurses for the future.’

— Dr. Julie Sanford, Department Head

Concentrations: Clinical nurse leader, Nurse administrator, Family nurse practitioner, Nurse midwifery
Individual mentorship for all students
90 percent FNP certification pass rate on first attempt
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Description of Program

The James Madison University Department of Nursing offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) and a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) For information on the D.N.P, see the D.N.P. program overview website.

All concentrations within the M.S.N. are designed to meet the Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the program in four full-time academic semesters. The AGPCNP concentration requires 46 credits. The AGPCNP concentration meets the competencies outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners (NONPF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Students complete 650 contact practicum hours. Graduates of the nurse practitioner concentrations are eligible to take the appropriate certification examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The leadership options are Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), which requires 38 credit hours or Nurse Administrator (NA), which requires 32 credit hours of study. Graduates of the CNL concentration are prepared to provide leadership in providing direct clinical care. The NA concentration prepares graduates to assume management positions within health care organizations. Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. The CNL option is designed to meet the competencies established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); and the Nurse Administrator is designed to meet the competencies established by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Students complete 400 hours of practicum experience. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible to take the CNL certification examination offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification. Graduates of the NA concentration are eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Executive certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center after holding an executive administrative position for 24 months.

The Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery is offered in conjunction with Shenandoah University. Students complete the first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and the second year of study at Shenandoah University (19 credits). The JMU credits may be taken part-time or full-time. The second year of nurse midwifery courses is taken in full-time study at Shenandoah University. Student will graduate with a degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University.

The Master of Science in Psychiatric Mental Health is offered in conjunction with Shenandoah University. Students complete the first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and the second year of study at Shenandoah University (29 credits). The JMU credits may be taken part-time or full-time. The second year of psychiatric mental health courses is taken in full-time study at Shenandoah University. Student will graduate with a degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Shenandoah University.

Degrees Offered

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Concentrations

Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) Not currently being offered.
Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
Nurse Administrator (NA)
Nurse Midwifery (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)

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