Department of Nursing

Dr. Vida S. Huber, Head



Associate Professors

J. Holt, Livingston, Lyndaker

Assistant Professors

Chalifoux, Mast, Reeder



Course Descriptions: Nursing

The Department of Nursing offers a program to prepare professional nurses which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 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 nontraditional 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 members 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 faculty members 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 45 students are enrolled in junior-level nursing courses.)

All students, including transfer, second degree and registered nurse students, must apply for admission to the university in addition to completing the supplemental nursing application. Admission to the nursing major is 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 2.7 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 2.7 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 and most other accredited baccalaureate nursing programs. The sequence listed is only a suggestion and may be modified.

Freshman Year Hours
BIO 101. Contemporary Biology 1 3
CHEM 100. Chemistry Today 1 3
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition 6
Fine arts/aesthetics course 3
History/civilization courses 6
Literature course 3
Oral Communication 3
Social science course 3
Sophomore Year Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 1 3
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology 1 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 1 4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 1 3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness 1 3
PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 1 3
Cultural studies 6
Philosophy 1 2 3
Physical education/dance 2

1 Must be completed prior to enrollment in nursing courses, with a minimum grade of "C" by the second attempt.

2 PHIL 101, 250, 260, 270, 300; REL 270; CLAS 337; or ENG 250.

Nursing Courses

Junior Year Credit
Fall Semester Hours
NSG 321. Health Assessment I 3
NSG 331. Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I 2
NSG 341. Nursing Applications I 4
NSG 351. Profession and Professional I 2
NSG 371. Nursing Practicum I 3
NSG 372. Nursing Practicum II 1
Spring Semester Hours
NSG 322. Health Assessment II 2
NSG 332. Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II 2
NSG. 342. Nursing Applications II 4
NSG 352. Profession and Professional II 2
NSG 362. Nursing Skills Lab II 2
NSG 373. Nursing Practicum III 2
NSG 374. Nursing Practicum IV 1
Senior Year Credit
Fall Semester Hours
NSG 423. Nursing Assessment III 1
NSG 433. Pathophysiology/Pharmacology III 1
NSG 443. Nursing Applications III 3
NSG 444. Nursing Applications IV 2
NSG 453. Profession and Professional III 2
NSG 475. Nursing Practicum V 2
NSG 476. Nursing Practicum VI 2
NSG 477. Nursing Practicum VII 1
NSG 478. Nursing Practicum VIII 1
Spring Semester Hours
NSG 424. Health Assessment IV 1
NSG 445. Nursing Applications V 3
NSG 446. Nursing Applications VI 2
NSG 454. Profession and Professional IV 3
NSG 479. Nursing Practicum IX 2
NSG 480. Nursing Practicum X 2
NSG 481. Nursing Practicum XI 1
Nursing elective 3 2

3 The nursing elective may be taken any semester or summer session when a nursing elective is offered.

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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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University