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Department of Nursing

Dr. Merle E. Mast, Head
Phone: (540) 568-6314
E-mail: mastme@jmu.edu
Web site: www.nursing.jmu.edu

Professors
P. Hale, M. Mast, J. Rocchiccioli

Associate Professor
M. Eaton, L. Hulton, L. Sobel, V. Martin

Assistant Professors
M. Bagnardi, E. Metzler Swain, S. Strang, D. Trimm, S. Warnock

Instructors
S. Conaty-Buck, D. Gochenour, A. Graham, A. Horigan, K. Jegiello, K. Floyd, D. Oddenino, C. O’Neill,
N. Patterson, M. Scheikl, H. Taylor, C. Webb

 

Mission Statement
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Accreditation
Program Options
Special Admission and Retention Requirements
Degree and Major Requirements
Accelerated R.N.-B.S.N. Degree Requirements
School Nurses As Professional Partners (SNAPP)

 

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the nursing department is to provide quality, professional undergraduate and graduate nursing education that prepares nursing leaders to influence a changing profession, society, health care system and global health needs.

 

Purposes

In order to support and accomplish this mission the nursing faculty has identified the following purposes:

  • Prepare nursing professionals who provide culturally competent, holistic, evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates and communities in a wide variety of settings.
  • Promote a community of learning that models professional values and lifelong professional development for both faculty and students.
  • Promote service-learning activities that include collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives and partnerships between nursing education and the practice arena to meet the future health needs of consumers.
  • Conduct research and creative scholarship to generate nursing knowledge and disseminate that knowledge though collaboration, publication and presentations.

 

Career Opportunities and Marketable Skills

  • Preparation as a professional nurse leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree.
  • Eligibility to take the National Certification and Licensure (NCLEX) exam to become a registered nurse (R.N.).
  • Preparation for entry-level positions in a wide range of health care settings.
  • Upon completion of the R.N.-M.S.N. program of study, students may be eligible for leadership positions in a wide range of health care settings.
  • Preparation for graduate study in nursing.

 

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • JMU Chapter of the Virginia Nursing Student Association
  • Pi Mu At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society

 

Accreditation

The JMU nursing program is fully accredited by the Commission for Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing.

 

Program Options

The Department of Nursing offers two program options. The generic B.S.N. program is designed to prepare undergraduates and second degree students to practice at the baccalaureate level of professional nursing. The accelerated R.N. to B.S.N. program is designed to facilitate baccalaureate degree completion for licensed registered nurses who have previously completed the associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. Upon receipt of the B.S.N. degree, graduates will have completed eight hours of credit which will be waived at the master’s level. This will decrease the overall required credit hours necessary to complete the M.S.N.; however, progression to the M.S.N. is optional.

 

Special Admission and Retention Requirements

Generic B.S.N. Program

Admission to the nursing program is limited and competitive. Admission as a nursing major includes the completion of a program supplemental application. Students can seek admission to the nursing program following completion of 25 credit hours and selected prerequisite courses, and students will be considered for admission at the conclusion of each subsequent semester. Admission criteria are available on the Department of Nursing Web site or from the department.

Each semester 60 students are enrolled in junior level nursing courses. All students, including transfer and second degree students, must complete the supplemental nursing application following admission to the university.

Admitted students must complete all prerequisite courses with a “C-” or higher and must maintain a GPA of 2.7 prior to enrollment in the nursing program.

Students must meet the department’s technical standards for nursing practice. Technical standards are basic physical, cognitive and psychosocial skills and abilities that are required for nursing practice. The technical standards are available on the Department of Nursing Web site or from the department.

The nursing curriculum is designed as a full time program. The B.S.N. coordinator must approve any deviation from the full time enrollment pattern as outlined in the catalog.

Once in the program, students are not required to maintain a minimum GPA. To remain in good standing in the nursing program, the student must earn a grade of “C-” or better in each required nursing
course. A grade of “D” or “F” is considered a failure. A student who for the first time receives a grade of less than a “C-” in a nursing course may, with department approval, repeat the course.
A student who receives a grade of less than a “C-” in a second nursing course will not be permitted to continue in the program.

Other academic and related policies in effect for students in the nursing program are outlined on the Department of Nursing Web site.

 

Accelerated R.N.-B.S.N. Program:

The accelerated R.N.-B.S.N. program provides registered nurses who have completed an Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing (A.D.N.) with the opportunity to move quickly through a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (B.S.N.). JMU will award nurses up to 37 portfolio credits for their R.N. qualifications, as well as 40 transfer credits toward the General Education requirements for a B.S.N. Nurses will complete an additional 30 credits in the R.N.-B.S.N. program in one full-time calendar year or two part-time years. Upon receipt of the B.S.N. degree, graduates will have completed eight hours of credit which will be waived at the master’s level. This will decrease the overall required credit hours necessary to complete the M.S.N.; however, progression to the M.S.N. is optional.

Following completion of the General Education requirements at JMU or the Virginia Community College System equivalents, nurses can apply for admission to the R.N.-B.S.N. program. Additional program eligibility criteria include:

  • Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing from a nationally accredited program.
  • Completion of the General Education courses required for the Bachelor of Science.
  • Transcripts reflecting a cumulative GPA on all college work attempted of 2.8 or better on a 4-point scale.
  • TOEFL scores greater than 550 for international applicants.
  • Completion of all prerequisite courses with a grade of “C-“ or better.
  • Current unrestricted R.N. license in any state, Washington, D.C., or a U.S. possession or territory or an equivalent credential in another country.
  • Employment as an RN for a minimum of six months and/or plans to practice concurrently with course work.
  • Graduates of foreign nursing schools, who are licensed outside of the United States, are required to pass the Qualifying Exam of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) prior to application and include the exam report with their application materials.
  • Ability to meet the department’s technical standards for nursing practice (posted on the nursing Web site).

Admission to the program is contingent on admission to the university. A supplemental application to the program is available on the department Web site: www.nursing.jmu.edu.

 

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Generic B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
41
Nursing courses
61
Other supportive courses
14
Electives
5-8

 
120

1The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

 

General Education and Nursing Prerequisite Requirements

The following are course prerequisites required for the Nursing major. Courses must be completed with “C-” or higher.

Required Courses
Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1,2
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
BIO 270. Physiology1
4
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
G PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development3
3
NSG 270. Nursing Practicum: Nursing Fundamentals
3
1 Contained in General Education Cluster Three.
2 Must be taken prior to or concurrent with BIO 270.
3 Contained in General Education Cluster Five

 

General Education and Nursing Prerequisites

  • All first year students who declare nursing as a major should take CHEM 120 and MATH 220, one each semester of their first year.
  • Students can seek admission to the program following completion of 25 credits hours, including CHEM 120, MATH 220 and one of the biology courses (BIO 270, BIO 280, or BIO 290); and students will be considered for admission at the conclusion of each subsequent semester.
  • All students must take the sophomore level nursing course NSG 270, Nursing Practicum: Nursing Fundamentals, prior to entry into the nursing program.
  • Cluster One normally is completed during the first year.
  • General Education courses in clusters one, two, four and five can be scheduled flexibly as desired by the student across the first and second years.
  • Most students can complete general education and prerequisite courses in four semesters, but some students find it necessary to enroll in summer school or an additional year to complete the work satisfactorily.

 

Major Requirements

Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the nursing department Web site.

Sophomore Year
Credit Hours

NSG 270. Nursing Practicum: Nursing Fundamentals

3

Third Year
First Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 330. The Professional Nurse
2
NSG 331. Adult Health I
6
NSG 332. Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
3
NSG 333. Health Assessment
3
NSG 370. NSG Practicum: Gerontology
1

 
15
 
Second Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 340. The Nurse Researcher
3
NSG 341. Nursing Care of Children and Their Families
3
NSG 380. Advanced Skills Lab
2
NSG 381. NSG Practicum: Acute Adult Health
3

NSG 382. NSG Practicum: Nursing Care of Children and Their Families

2
NSG 383. NSG Practicum: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing
1

 
14
 
Third Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 430. The Nurse Leader
2
NSG 431. Adult Health II
6
NSG 432. Women’s Health
3
NSG 433. Community Health: Health Assessment of Vulnerable Populations in the Community
2
NSG 470. NSG Practicum: Community as Client
2

 
15
 
Fourth Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 440. Transition to Practice
3
NSG 480. NSG Practicum: Capstone
6
NSG 481. NSG Practicum: Acute Adult Health II
1
NSG 482. NSG Practicum: Home Health Case Management
1
NSG 483. NSG Practicum: Women’s Health
1
Nursing electives1
2

 
14

1 The nursing electives may be taken any semester or summer session when a nursing elective is offered. A total of 2 credits of nursing electives are required prior to graduation.

 

Special Expenses

Additional expenses for nursing students include transportation, uniforms, assessment equipment, laboratory fees, organizational membership fees and professional conference attendance expenses.

 

Accelerated R.N.-B.S.N. Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
13
Nursing courses
30
Portfolio Credit given for RN qualifications (up to)
37
Credit for Associate Degree as prerequisites
40

 
120

1General Education (at JMU or as VCCS equivalents) and nursing prerequisite requirements

The following are course prerequisites required for the nursing major. Courses must be completed with “C-” or higher.

 
Credit Hours
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
BIO 270. Physiology
4
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology or
4

CHEM 120 + 120L. Concepts of Chemistry + Laboratory

General Education Cluster 2, Arts and Humanities
9
General Education Cluster 4, The American Experience
4
JMU Elective Credits
1

 

Major Requirements

Additional information regarding the nursing curriculum can be found on the nursing department Web site.

Full-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year
Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 333. Health Assessment
3
NSG 523. Concepts in Aging1
3
NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice
3
NSG 463. Professional Role Transition
3

 
12
 
Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 461. Pathophysiology
4
NSG 464. Introduction to Nursing Research
3
NSG 465. Clinical Practicum Elective
1
HTH 559. Healthcare Environment1
3
NSG 510. Informatics
2

 
13
 
Summer Session
Credit Hours

NSG 469. Caring for the Public’s Health: Community Health Nursing

4
NSG 466. Community Health Practicum
1

 
5

 

Part-Time Sequence of Classes

First Year
Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 462. Issues in Contemporary Nursing Practice
3
NSG 523. Concepts in Aging
3

 
6
 
Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 461. Pathophysiology
4
NSG 524. Healthcare Environment
3

 
7
 
Summer Session
Credit Hours

NSG 469. Caring for the Public’s Health: Community Health Nursing

4
NSG 466. Community Health Practicum
1

 
5
 
Second Year
Fall Semester
Credit Hours

NSG 333. Health Assessment

3
NSG 463. Professional Role Transition
3

 
6
 
Spring Semester
Credit Hours

NSG 465. Clinical Practicum Elective

1
NSG 510. Informatics
2

NSG 464. Introduction to Nursing Research

3

 
6

1NSG 523, NSG 510 and NSG 524 are graduate level courses that are required but will be waived at the M.S.N. level.

 

Special Expenses

Additional expenses for nursing students include transportation, uniforms, assessment equipment, laboratory fees, organizational membership fees and professional conference attendance expenses. R.N.-B.S.N. students will also be required to pay graduate tuition for both 500 level courses.

 

School Nurses As Professional Partners (SNAPP)

An alternate track is also available for the nurse who would like to specialize in school nursing. This is a federally funded program preparing nurses to function in school systems (PreK-12) to meet the needs of students with low incidence disabilities. Special permission is required for admission to this program. NSG 467, School Nursing Practice: Addressing the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations within the Context of School. and NSG 468, Caring for the Public’s Health: Community Health Nursing. will be substituted for select R.N.-B.S.N. courses with additional school nurse practicum hours required.