Completed applications for all NP and Nurse Midwifery programs are due on December 1. Select applicant interviews will be held in January. PMHNP & NMW interviews will be scheduled in conjunction with Shenandoah University.

The JMU Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduate nurses to meet the challenge of rapidly changing and increasingly complex health care environments. The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration prepares graduates to synthesize assessment data to diagnose and manage patient and family health and illness needs across the lifespan. The focus of FNP practice is health promotion and disease prevention. The FNP serves as a client partner and advocate within the health care delivery system. Students complete a total of 780 clinical practicum hours applying clinical skills, theories, and research findings to the primary care of children, adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of health care settings.

Graduates of the FNP program are qualified to take the certification exam through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

Program Requirements

Why choose JMU’s Nurse Practitioner programs?

  1. Our small cohort sizes give students the opportunity to frequently collaborate with classmates and faculty.
  2. We have a dedicated program coordinator to assist all students with clinical placements.
  3. Our hybrid program is designed for working RNs with in-person classes meeting only one day per week on Wednesdays.
  4. First-time certification pass rate of 95% over the past 5 years.
  5. Our nurse practitioner faculty maintains current clinical practice.
  6. We have a state-of-the-art simulation lab to prepare students for clinical and practice.
  7. Our alumni are actively engaged in guest lecturing, precepting, and mentoring current students.


This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

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