Admission

Mission

Accreditation

Program of Study

Master of Science in Nursing

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Course Offerings


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Nursing
(540) 568-6314
http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/


Department Head
Dr. Merle Mast

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Patty Hale

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

Associate Professors
L. Hulton, V. Martin, L. Sobel

Assistant Professor
S. Strang

Instructors
S. Conaty-Buck, D. Gochenour,
C. Rubenstein

Nursing

Admission

To be considered for admission to the program prospective students must:

Additional documentation will be required upon admission.

Application Deadline
Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis until the class fills. Applicants who apply prior to April 1 will be given first consideration. Full and part-time students will enter the program in the fall or spring semester of each year.

Application Evaluation Criteria
Evaluation criteria includes previous academic and scholarly work, professional experience, MAT or GRE standardized test results, personal and professional goal statement and their relationship to the mission of the Department of Nursing. Professional references will be reviewed and an interview may be required.

Mission
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:

Accreditation
The Masters of Science in Nursing Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Program of Study
The James Madison University Department of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with concentrations offered as:

The Nurse Practitioner concentrations require 46 or 49 credits, varying by the population focus. Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the program in four full-time academic semesters. NP students complete an additional three-credit clinical management course to qualify for family nurse practitioner certification.

The ANP/GNP and FNP concentrations meet the competencies outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners (NONPF). Students complete more than 500 contact practicum hours required for certification in their specialty areas by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The leadership options are either the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Nurse Administrator (NA) concentration. In the CNL role, students are prepared to provide leadership in providing direct clinical care. The Nurse Administrator concentration prepares graduates to assume management positions within health care organizations. Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the options in four full-time academic semesters. The CNL option is designed to meet the competencies established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing(AACN); and the Nurse Administrator, the competencies established by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE).

The Master of Science in Nurse Midwifery is offered in conjunction with Shenandoah University. Students complete their first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and their 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.

Master of Science in Nursing

All M.S.N. students complete the graduate core courses.

Graduate Core Courses
Credit Hours
NSG 520. Advanced Health Assessment
3
NSG 521. Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology
3
NSG 522. Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
3
NSG 611. Research for the Advanced Health Professional
3
NSG 612. Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice
3
NSG 690. Epidemiology and Population Assessment
3
NSG 692. Health Policy for Practice and Advocacy
3

 
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Nurse Midwifery Curriculum

Courses Taken at JMU
Credit Hours
Nursing Core Courses
21
NSG 634. Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
1

 
22

Courses Taken at Shenandoah University
Credit Hours
NM 610. Primary Care of Women
2(1)*
NM 620. Comprehensive Antepartal Care
2(1)
NM 630. Midwifery Practicum
(3)
NM 640. Comprehensive Perinatal Care
2(1)
NM 650. Integrated Midwifery Practicum
(6)
NM 660. NM Role Development
1

 
7(12)

Adult, Family or Gerontological Nurse Practioner Curriculum

Courses
Credit Hours
Nursing Core Courses
21
NSG 630. Care Delivery and Coordination I
4
NSG 631.Care Delivery and Coordination II
4
NSG 634. Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
3
NSG 671. Practicum I
3
NSG 672.Practicum II
5
NSG 673. Practicum III
5
Optional Courses
NSG 635. Family Centered Care Delivery (FNP option only)
3
NSG 696. Dual Certificate Practicum (dual track option)
3 or 6

 
46-49

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Curriculum

Courses
Credit Hours
Nursing Core Courses
21
NSG 650. Organizational Behavior in Health Care
3
NSG 651. Leadership Development
3
NSG 653. Educational Methodologies for Nurse Leaders
3
NSG 676. Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I
4
NSG 677. Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II
4

 
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Nurse Administrator (NA) Curriculum

Courses
Credit Hours
Nursing Core Courses
21
NSG 650. Organizational Behavior in Health Care
3
NSG 651. Leadership Development
3
NSG 655. Concepts for Nurse Administrators
3
NSG 678. Nursing Administration Practicum I
4
NSG 679. Nursing Administration Practicum II
4

 
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Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Admission
To be considered for admission to the program prospective students must have:

Post-Master's Certificate Program – Nurse Practitioner
The Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate program totals 26-35 credit hours, depending on courses previously taken. Students complete nine credits of practicum.

Post-Master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Requirements

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 520. Advanced Health Assessment
3
NSG 521. Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology
3
NSG 634. Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse
1

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 522. Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics
3
NSG 630. Care Delivery and Coordination I
4
NSG 671. Practicum I
3

Summer (Optional – for FNP only)
Credit Hours
NSG 635. Family Centered Care Delivery
3
NSG 696. Advanced Practicum
3-6

(required for post-masters FNP students; optional for dual certification)

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 631. Care Delivery and Coordination II
4
NSG 672. Practicum II
5

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 632. Coordinated Care of the Elderly
3
NSG 673. Practicum III
5

Post-Master's Certificate Program – Clinical Nurse Leader
The Post-Master's Certificate program in clinical nurse leader (CNL) totals 17 credit hours and can be completed in three semesters. Students complete eight credits of practicum.

Post-Master's CNL Certificate Requirements

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 650. Organizational Behavior
3
NSG 651. Leadership Development
3

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 653. Educational Methodologies
3
NSG 676. CNL Practicum I
4

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 677. CNL Practicum II
4

 

Post-Master's Certificate Program – Nurse Administrator
The Post-Master's certificate program in nurse administrator totals 17 credit hours and can be completed in three semesters. Students complete eight credits of practicum.

Post-Master's Nurse Administrator Certificate Requirements

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 650. Organizational Behavior
3
NSG 651. Leadership Development
3

Fall Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 655. Concepts in Nursing Administration
3
NSG 678. Nurse Administrator Practicum I
4

Spring Semester
Credit Hours
NSG 679. Nurse Administrator Practicum II
4

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Course Offerings

Nursing Department

NSG 520. Advanced Health Assessment.
3 credits.
This course provides advanced knowledge and health assessment skills. Emphasis is placed on interviewing, history taking, physical assessment and diagnosis based on clinical findings. Normal and abnormal health assessment findings are emphasized. Characteristics of clients from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and age groups are considered. Considerations for the aging client are emphasized. Classroom activities focus primarily on assessments that require history-taking skills and utilize organizing theory and frameworks. Labs focus on the knowledge and skills for history-taking and physical examination.

NSG 521. Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology.
3 credits.
An advanced, clinically-oriented study of human physiology and the alterations in body functions that underlie diseases in humans. Prerequisite: Admission to the Graduate Nursing program.

NSG 522. Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics.
3 credits.
Building upon the knowledge of pharmacology learned at the undergraduate level, this course examines concepts in pharmacotherapeutics necessary for advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of important classes of drugs. Considerations for the aging client will be highlighted. Case studies will provide an opportunity for critical thinking, clinical application and care coordination.

NSG 524. Health Care Environments.
3 credits.
Health care environments provides a conceptual model of the American health care system and an overview of the component parts of that system. The course will focus particularly on the context of health care management and delivery and emphasize available services for adult and elder Americans. This includes a theoretical framework for the current system as well as a delineation of the functions and roles of the major sectors of the U.S. health care system.

NSG 611. Research for the Advanced Health Professional.
3 credits.
This course will provide a foundation for examination of components of the nursing research process. Integrative review methodologies and evidence-based practice models will be emphasized. Skills needed to build and assimilate knowledge for improving practice outcomes will be highlighted.

NSG 612. Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing.
3 credits.
This course provides students with an opportunity to analyze and utilize nursing models and theories to explain advanced nursing practice. Students will explore advanced practice nursing from a theoretical standpoint and identify strategies for evaluating selected models and theories.

NSG 630. Care Delivery and Coordination I.
4 credits.
This course focuses on the evaluation, management and care coordination for clients with common acute health deviations across the adult lifespan within a variety of contexts. The course builds on knowledge and skills from health systems management, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Emphasis is placed on formulating diagnoses and plans of care that encompass client, family and coordinated systems of care. Prerequisites: NSG 520, NSG 521. Corequisite: NSG 522.

NSG 631. Care Delivery and Coordination II.
4 credits.
This course focuses on the evaluation, management and coordination of care for adolescent and adult clients with common chronic health deviations within a variety of contexts. The course builds on knowledge and skills from advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology and ethics. Emphasis is placed on formulating diagnoses and developing plans of care that encompass clients, families and community resources. Prerequisites: NSG 520, NSG 521 and NSG 522.

NSG 632. Coordinated Care of the Elderly.
3 credits.
This course focuses on the health issues and needs of older adults and principles for evaluating, managing, and coordinating their care. Students will differentiate normal changes and symptoms of aging from disease-related symptoms, focusing on the achievement of optimal health and function for older adults. Emphasis is on the collaborative role of advanced practice nurses in assisting older adults and family caregivers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to negotiate health care delivery systems. Prerequisites or corequisites: NSG 520, NSG 521 and NSG 522.

NSG 634. Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse.
1 credit.
This course will focus on historical and developmental aspects and competencies of advance practice nursing (APN), and the continuing evolution of the APN role. Students will explore the varied roles that APNs assume in the health care system and the legal and ethical considerations for advanced practice.

NSG 635. Family Centered Care Delivery.
3 credits.
This course focuses on care given to the family unit, as well as individuals within the family unit. Family theory, assessment and management will be emphasized. Emphasis will be placed on assessment and care of the childbearing family and the family with young children. Individual care will focus on the pregnant woman, the newborn, infant, toddler, preschool and school age child (up to adolescence). This course builds on knowledge and skills from advanced health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Prerequisites: NSG 520, NSG 521 and NSG 522.

NSG 641. Curriculum Evaluation.
3 credits.
This course focuses on theory and practical application of the evaluation process for nursing education programs and health care systems. Test construction and measurement are featured and an emphasis is placed on evaluation of program goals, outcomes and evidence-based practice. Methods and processes in developing specific instruments for program evaluation data collection and data analysis will be discussed. Prerequisite: NSG 640.

NSG 646. Role of the Nurse Educator.
3 credits.
Provides students with educational concepts, theories and strategies central to the role of nurse educator in academic, staff development and/or client centered settings. Students will examine and explore role concepts critical to education and will apply theory to predict and explain behavior in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

NSG 650. Organizational Behavior in Health Care.
3 credits.
This course focuses on theories, research, and frameworks that enhance the advanced practice nurse's understanding of behavior, leadership, and management in health care teams and organizations. Emphasis is on "micro" and "macro" level issues and their implications for behavior management and change in health care systems.

NSG 651. Leadership Development.
3 credits.
This course focuses on developing knowledge and understanding of nurse leader roles. Leadership theory and interdisciplinary team decision making in culturally diverse healthcare settings are reviewed. Aspects of leadership in relation to the utilization of current research-based information to plan for the design, implementation and evaluation of client-centered care will be examined.

NSG 653. Educational Methodologies for Nurse Leaders.
3 credits.
This course will investigate the uses of appropriate teaching/learning principles and strategies for a variety of diverse populations. Current information, materials and technologies will be reviewed to facilitate and evaluate the learning of clients, groups, and health care professionals.

NSG 655. Concepts for Nurse Administrators.
3 credits.
This course provides a synthesis of concepts used for effective performance of the nurse administrator's role in organizations. The use of human and financial resources is examined within an organizational framework and the strategic management of organizational goals, culture and diversity is highlighted. Corequisites: NSG 650 and NSG 651.

NSG 671. Practicum I.
3 credits.
Emphasizes advanced practice role development, complex and holistic client/family care, health promotion/maintenance and care coordination. Practicum is individualized and will highlight the advanced practice roles of clinician, manager, consultant, educator and researcher. Clinical competencies will be emphasized to prepare the student for nurse practitioner certification. Prerequisites: NSG 520, NSG 521 and NSG 630. Corequisite: NSG 522.

NSG 672. Practicum II.
5 credits.
Emphasis will be placed upon the application of clinical skills, theories, concepts, issues and research findings to the clinical care of children, adolescents, adults and/or older adults. Care coordination issues will be addressed as they specifically impact diverse populations in all care settings. Clinical competencies will be emphasized to prepare the student for nurse practitioner certification. Prerequisites: NSG 630 and NSG 671.

NSG 673. Practicum III.
5 credits.
Continues emphasis on the application of clinical skills, theories, concepts, issues and research findings to the clinical care of children, adolescents, adults and/or older adults. Care coordination issues will be addressed as they specifically impact the selected population. Clinical competencies will be emphasized to prepare the student for nurse practitioner certification. Prerequisites: NSG 631 and NSG 672.

NSG 675. Education Residency II.
3 credits.
Students demonstrate successful integration of theory with practice and synthesis of knowledge and skills in a selected teaching practice setting under faculty and preceptor guidance. Students practice and develop competence with a variety of advanced teaching methods. Students will engage in various forms of educational evaluation. Corequisites: NSG 641. Prerequisites: NSG 674.

NSG 676. Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I.
4 credits.
This course provides opportunities to apply and integrate leadership knowledge and concepts through an immersion experience. Emphasis is on improving outcomes for patients and/or a clinical area as an information manager. Interventions for health care/education, disease prevention, and risk reduction will be implemented that promote safe, quality care. Prerequisites: NSG 650 and NSG 651. Corequisites: NSG 653.

NSG 677. Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II.
4 credits.
This course provides opportunities to apply and integrate knowledge and concepts through an immersion experience. Emphasis is on delivery systems and functions that impact patient safety and quality of care. System analysis/risk anticipation, technology utilization, and/or resource management are explored. Prerequisites: NSG 650 and NSG 651. Corequisites: NSG 653.

NSG 678. Nursing Administration Practicum I.
4 credits.
This practicum course is designed to provide opportunities to apply administrative principles in a health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the effective use of resources to improve client health outcomes. Prerequisites: NSG 650 and NSG 651. Corequisites: NSG 655.

NSG 679. Nursing Administration Practicum II.
4 credits.
This practicum course is designed to provide opportunities to apply administrative principles in a health care setting. Emphasis is placed on the organizational environment, and interface with governmental and non-governmental organizations. Prerequisites: NSG 650 and NSG 651. Corequisites: NSG 655.

NSG 680. Independent Study in Nursing.
1-3 credits.
This course provides the opportunity for independent study in a specialized area of concentration. It is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: Approval of graduate program coordinator and department head.

NSG 690. Epidemiology and Population Assessment.
3 credits.
This course focuses on the distribution of health-related conditions within human populations and factors influencing their distribution. Emphasis is on measurement of the health of populations, the natural history of diseases, study design and assessment of data sources. It addresses health systems that focus on health promotion and disease prevention.

NSG 692. Health Policy for Practice and Advocacy.
3 credits.
This course addresses the foundation of health policymaking. It emphasizes policy analysis for practitioners in leadership roles. Federal and state policy-making and the mechanisms for health policy change are emphasized. Policy issues impacting health delivery will form the basis for the development of critical understanding of policy development.

NSG 696. Advanced Practicum.
3 or 6 credits.
Emphasis on the application of skills, theories, concepts, issues and research findings to the clinical care of selected populations in age ranges appropriate for the selected track. Clinical competency for a specific population is emphasized. This course will use clinical preceptors as well as faculty. Prerequisite: NSG 673 or permission of the instructor. For FNP students, corequisite: NSG 635.

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