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Graduate Snapshot - Nursing

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.).

The D.N.P. at JMU is a practice-focused degree with an emphasis on the rigor of evidence-based practice grounded in research knowledge and the analysis of clinical and systems data. Students may choose from two areas of foci: advanced practice nursing and leadership in healthcare systems.

The concentrations within the M.S.N. are Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Administrator (NA) and Nurse Midwifery (in conjunction with Shenandoah University).


Doctor of Nursing Practice

The D.N.P. nurse impacts the practice of nursing, the healthcare delivery system and the shaping of health policy by providing the environment, resources and knowledge needed for nurses to provide high quality, patient and family-centered, accountable nursing care and to practice as a professional within an interprofessional team. The program's curriculum will consist of 40 to 44 credit hours including 1,000 course-related practice hours post-B.S.N., depending on the review of the applicant's transcripts.

Master Science in Nursing

All concentrations 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 500 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.

Degrees Offered:

Doctorate of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Concentration: Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nurse Administrator (NA) and Nurse Midwifery (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)

Program Website: http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/dnp/index.html; http://www.nursing.jmu.edu/msn/index.html

Catalog Website: http://www.jmu.edu/gradcatalog/13/programs/nursing.html