JMU DNP students work collaboratively with an academically diverse team to create a scholarly project that demonstrates the highest level of nursing practice. Faculty develop individualized plans of study to support you as you meet your personal, professional and educational goals. Dedicated program coordinators assist all students with clinical placements.

Student Testimonials

“JMU’s DNP program greatly impacted my professional growth. Since graduating, I have transitioned into a Quality Improvement Coordinator role that allows me to use my DNP education on a daily basis. I have also had the opportunity to continue my work with the Virginia Nurses Association.”

- Debbie Kile '18

“The immediate and personal response to my initial inquiry to JMU’s DNP program is the reason I chose JMU. No other program responded as promptly or kindly. I could not be more thankful to have chosen this program and feel it has created opportunities for growth in ways I could not have imagined.”

- Jennifer Jones '21

“Through my DNP studies, I have acquired a broad awareness of the challenges facing health care and am gaining the knowledge to make a difference in my area of practice and leadership. I have been challenged to do my best, encouraged to utilize my skills and experience, and motivated to foster change. Being a JMU DNP student is exciting and fulfilling!”

- Missy Ring '22

Faculty Expertise and Interests

Dr. Christine Argenbright
DNP/MSN Leadership Program Coordinator

Expertise: International Learning Collaboratives, Leadership, Patient Safety and Quality competencies in Nursing Education

Dr. Holly Buchanan
Interim DNP/MSN APRN Program Coordinator
 Scope of Practice, Health Policy, Assessment and Measurement, APRN


Dr. Maria deValpine
Expertise: Health Equity, Health Policy, and Public Health

Dr. Melody Eaton
Expertise: Health Policy, Educational and Healthcare Systems Leadership, Rural Community Health

Dr. Jeannie Garber
Expertise: DNP Project National Practices, Implementation Science, Healthcare Systems Leadership

Dr. Andrea Knopp
Expertise: Primary care, International health, Vulnerable Population Health, APRN

Dr. Erica Lewis
Expertise: Quality improvement, Innovation, Ethics 

Dr. Erica Sawin
Expertise: Adult Health, Women’s Health, Gerontology, Community Health

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