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Chronic Illness

The cross disciplinary minor in chronic illness prepares students from any major to understand and respond to the impacts of chronic illness on the individual, family, health care system and society. Knowledge and strategies to address the prevention and the management of chronic illness across its trajectory will enhance the skills and abilities of students who plan to practice in any profession. The minor is open to all undergraduate students at JMU and requires a minimum of 18 credits with no more than six credits in the student’s major counting toward the minor.

Core Requirements

Credit Hours

NSG 390. Impact of Chronic Illness


NSG 391. Living Successfully with Chronic Illness


Students completing the nursing major must complete the core requirements prior to starting major courses


Elective requirements (Select 12 credits. Students completing the nursing major should select six credits.)


EXED 306. Lifespan Issues for Individuals with Disabilities (3 credits)


GERN/SOCI 280. Social Gerontology (3 credits)


GERN 305. Programs and Services for the Elderly (3 credits)


IPE 490. Special Topics (when topic is appropriate)


NSG 301. History Taking History Telling/Narratives of Chronic Illness (2 credits)


NSG 310. Helping Persons in Pain (2 credits)


NSG 313. Issues and Applications of Family Caregiving (1 credit)


NSG 320. Innovative Diabetes Health Education (1 credit)


NSG 322. Integrative Health Care (1 credit)


NSG 323. Cardiovascular Health and Illness (1 credit)


NSG 326. Care and Consideration for Children with Special Needs (1 credit)


NSG 328. Life, Death and the “Dash” Between (1 credit)


NSG 329. Best Practices in Diabetes Care (2 credits)


NSG 415.  Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare (3 credits)


NSG 490. Special Topics (when topic is appropriate) (credits vary)


NSG 490. Study Abroad Experiences (Australia, Spain, Kenya) (credits vary)


PSYC 304. Death and Dying: Thanatology (3 credits)


SOWK 332. Community Mental Health Practice (3 credits)


SOWK 442. Social Work in Health Care (3 credits)