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Department of Nursing

Dr. Vida S. Huber, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.



Associate Professors

Cargile, J. Holt, Livingston

Assistant Professors

Lyndaker, Reeder


Hopper, LaSala

The Department of Nursing offers a program to prepare professional nurses which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (B.S.N.). The upper-level nursing courses are built upon a solid base of liberal studies and provide experiences in varied health and illness care settings. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in a wide range of health care settings and provides the necessary preparation for graduate study in nursing.

The mission of the JMU Department of Nursing is to provide quality, holistic, professional, undergraduate nursing educational experiences within a liberal arts context. The department serves both traditional and non-traditional students and is committed to achieving excellence through active, participatory learning.

It is the department's intent to foster an environment that promotes creativity, critical thinking, scholarly activity, effective decision making, clinical competence, and a dedication to lifelong learning. It seeks to enable students to clarify their own values and to recognize the richness of cultural diversity.

Role modeling is an integral part of the educational process. Through collaborative interaction with community health care professionals, interdisciplinary experiences and scholarly activities, nursing faculty provide a stimulating context for learning and dialogue between nursing service and education.

The department acknowledges its responsibility to affect the health care delivery system. Therefore, it strives to stimulate exploration of futuristic alternatives and innovative models for nursing education and practice so that the nursing needs of individuals, families and communities will be adequately served in the 21st century.

To assist in evaluating the program, graduating seniors participate in assessment activities. This information, along with data collected from alumni and employing agencies, is used to assist the faculty in developing and maintaining a curriculum of the highest quality possible.


Admission to the nursing major is limited and competitive. Admission as a nursing major includes the completion of a supplemental application. Students may be admitted to the program at the freshman level, but supplemental applications are accepted throughout the time prerequisite courses are being completed and until the entering class is full. (Each year, approximately 42 students are enrolled in junior-level nursing courses.)

All students, including transfer, second degree and registered nurse students, must make application for admission to the university in addition to completing the supplemental nursing application. Admissions to the nursing major are contingent upon admission to the university.

Initial enrollment in nursing courses is during the fall semester. Students must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 by the end of the spring semester prior to beginning nursing courses, complete all prerequisite courses at the prescribed level (achievement of grades of "C" or above in specified courses), and meet all admission requirements as outlined in the catalog. Students who have not achieved a 2.5 cumulative average by the end of the spring semester will not be able to enroll in nursing courses that fall. A grade of at least a "C" must be achieved on the second attempt.

Registered nurses who are returning to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing should contact the head of the nursing department for information regarding program modifications and the process of earning credit through a validation process using the credit by examination procedure.

Programs of Study

Liberal Studies and
Prerequisite Courses

The majority of students can complete the liberal studies 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.

The courses outlined meet the requirements for the JMU nursing major as well as most other accredited baccalaureate nursing programs. The sequence listed is only a suggestion and may be modified.

First Year                                         Hours
BIO 101. Contemporary Biology [1]                      3
CHEM 100. Chemistry Today [1]                          3
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
MATH 155. Functions and Probability [1]                3
Fine arts/aesthetics course                            3
History/civilization courses                           6
Literature course                                      3
Social science course                                  3

Second Year                                        Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology [1]                          3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy [1]                             4
Choose one of the following:                           3
  CLAS 337. Human Values: The Classical Tradition [1]
  ENG 250. Literature and Values [1]
  PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy [1]
  PHIL 250. Introductory Logic [1]
  PHIL 260. Philosophy and Contemporary Life [1]
  PHIL 270. Introduction to Ethics [1]
  PHIL 300. Reasoning: Methods and Problems [1]
  REL 270. Religion and Moral Values [1]
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics [1]                    3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness [1]                   3
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development [1]              3
Correlate liberal studies courses                      6
Oral communication course                              3
Kinesiology course                                     2
Must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses, with a minimum grade of "C" by the second attempt.

Nursing Courses

Junior Year                                       Credit
Fall Semester                                      Hours
NSG 320. Foundations for Nursing Practice              3
NSG 320L. Foundations Lab (9)                          3
NSG 322. Nursing Care of the Elderly                   2
NSG 322L. Nursing Care of the Elderly (3)              1
NSG 331. Alterations in Levels of Wellness             2
NSG 336. Health Assessment Across                      2
  the Life Span
NSG 336L. Health Assessment Across the                 1
  Life Span (3)

Spring Semester                                    Hours
NSG 324. Nursing of the Childbearing Family            3
NSG 324L. Nursing of the Childbearing Family (3)       1
NSG. 325L. Childbearing and Child Rearing II (6)       2
NSG 326. Nursing of the Child Rearing Family           3
NSG 326L. Nursing of the Child Rearing Family (3)      1
NSG 335. Selected Topics in Family Health              3
  Care Nursing
NSG 337. Introduction to Pharmacological               1
  Concepts for Nursing

May Session                                        Hours
NSG 333. Dimensions of Professional Nursing            3

Senior Year                                       Credit
Fall Semester                                      Hours
NSG 420. Nursing of Adults with Acute                  3
  Alterations in Levels of Wellness
NSG 420L. Nursing of Adults with Acute                 3
  Alterations in Levels of Wellness (9)
NSG 422. Nursing of Adults with Long Term              3
  Alterations in Levels of Wellness
NSG 422L. Nursing in Long Term Alterations             2
  in Levels of Wellness I (6)
NSG 423L. Nursing in Long Term Alterations             1
  in Levels of Wellness II (3)
NSG 433. Introduction to Research in Nursing           3

Spring Semester                                    Hours
NSG 424. Nursing Care of Clients with Alterations      3
  in Mental Health
NSG 424L. Nursing Care of Clients with                 2
  Alterations in Mental Health (6)
NSG 426. Nursing Care of Clients with                  2
  Multidimensional Alterations in Levels of Wellness
NSG 426L. Nursing Care of Clients with                 2
  Multidimensional Alterations in Levels of 
  Wellness I (6)
NSG 427L. Nursing Care of Clients with                 1
  Multidimensional Alterations in Levels 
  of Wellness II (3)
NSG 437. Nursing Leadership                            2
NSG 438. Dimensions of Nursing Practice in the         2
NSG 438L. Dimensions of Nursing Practice in the        2
  Community (6)
In order to remain in good standing in the nursing program, the student must earn a grade of "C" or better in each required nursing course.

Special Expenses

Additional expenses for nursing students include transportation, uniforms, liability insurance, assessment equipment, a departmental fee and membership fees.


The James Madison University nursing program has full accreditation by the Virginia Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing.

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Last reviewed: Sept. 10, 1994
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