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  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-18 Graduate Catalog

Nursing, Nurse Midwifery, M.S.N.


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The James Madison University School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree with concentrations offered as:

  • Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Administrator (NA)
  • Nurse Midwifery (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practioner (PMHNP) (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)1

1 Pending approval from SACSCOC

All concentrations are designed to meet the Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011). Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. Full-time students can complete the program in four full-time academic semesters. The FNP (or Family/Across the Lifespan) concentration requires 50 credits.  The FNP concentration meets the competencies outlined by the National Organization of the Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  Students complete 650 contact practicum hours. The AGPCNP concentration requires 46 credits. The AGPCNP concentration meets the competencies outlined by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioners (NONPF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Students complete 650 contact practicum hours. Graduates of the nurse practitioner concentrations are eligible to take the appropriate certification examination through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The leadership options are Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), which requires 38 credit hours or Nurse Administrator (NA), which requires 32 credit hours of study. Graduates of the CNL concentration are prepared to provide leadership in providing direct clinical care. The NA concentration prepares graduates to assume management positions within health care organizations. Students are admitted for full-time or part-time study. The CNL option is designed to meet the competencies established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing(AACN); and the Nurse Administrator is designed to meet the competencies established by the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). Students complete 400 hours of practicum experience. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible to take the CNL certification examination offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification. Graduates of the NA concentration are eligible to take the Advanced Nurse Executive certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center after holding an executive administrative position for 24 months.

The Nurse Midwifery concentration is offered in conjunction with Shenandoah University. Students complete the first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and the second year of study at Shenandoah University (19 credits). The JMU credits may be taken part-time or full-time. The second year of nurse midwifery courses is taken in full-time study at Shenandoah University. Student will graduate with a degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse Midwifery from Shenandoah University.

The Psychiatric Mental Health concentration is offered in conjunction with Shenandoah University. Students complete the first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and the second year of study at Shenandoah University (29 credits). The JMU credits may be taken part-time or full-time. The second year of psychiatric mental health courses is taken in full-time study at Shenandoah University. Student will graduate with a degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Shenandoah University.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the M.S.N. program prospective students must:

  • Hold a current Registered Nurse license.
  • Complete the online application for The Graduate School.
  • Be admitted to The Graduate School.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) or a baccalaureate degree in another field with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (3.0 NP/Nurse Midwifery applicants only)
  • Provide GRE Scores or Miller Analogy Test (MAT) Scores (GRE Study Guide) (NP and Midwifery applicants only)
  • Have relevant clinical experience.
  • Have taken undergraduate courses in statistics and health assessment with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Meet the schools's disability accommodation standards.
  • Complete an interview upon request.
  • Have health documentation and CPR certification.
  • Foreign school graduates: Pass CGFNS Exam, R.N. License, TOEFL (Paper: 570 or higher; Electronic: 88 or higher).
  • Additional documentation will be required upon admission.

Students applying for the Nurse Midwifery or Psychiatric Mental Health NP program will need to also apply and meet Shenandoah University requirements.

Application Deadline

Applications are processed on a rolling admission basis until the class fills for the CNL and Nurse Administrator tracks. Nurse Practitioner applicants have a March 1 deadline. Full and part-time students will enter the program in the fall semester of each year.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria includes previous academic and scholarly work, professional experience, MAT or GRE standardized test results (for NP applicants), professional references, and a personal and professional goal statement and its relationship to the mission of the School of Nursing. Professional references will be reviewed, and an interview may be required.

Nurse Midwifery Curriculum


Courses Taken at JMU


Total: 22 credit hours


Courses Taken at Shenandoah University


  • NM 610. Primary Care of Women 2(1) Credit Hours
  • NM 620. Comprehensive Antepartal Care 2(1) Credit Hours
  • NM 630. Midwifery Practicum (3) Credit Hours
  • NM 640. Comprehensive Perinatal Care 2(1) Credit Hours
  • NM 651. Integrated Midwifery Internship (5) Credit Hours
  • NM 652. Evidence-Based Practice Project 1 Credit Hours
  • NM 660. NM Role Development 1 Credit Hours

Total: 8(11) Credit Hours


Shenandoah University – Nurse-Midwifery (NM) Courses


Students completing the nurse-midwifery courses at Shenandoah University will receive a Post Graduate Certificate in Midwifery and will be eligible to take the national certification examination from the American Midwifery Certification Board to become certified nurse-midwives. Also refer to the Shenandoah University Graduate Catalog for more information on the nurse-midwifery courses.

Descriptions from Shenandoah University's Graduate Catalog. Refer to Shenandoah University's Graduate Catalog for most recent information on their courses.

  • NM/NMLBD 610. Primary Care of Women. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 3 credits: 2 didactic and 1 clinical.
  • The intent of this course is to assist the student in developing and applying knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences related to the nurse-midwifery management process in the primary care of women. Prerequisites: Completion of all graduate-level core courses. NMLB 610 clinical must be taken concurrently. Includes a clinical/lab fee.
  • NM/NMLBD 620. Comprehensive Antepartal Care. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 3 credits: 2 didactic and 1 clinical.
  • The intent of this course is to assist the student in developing and applying knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences of the nurse-midwifery management process in the comprehensive antepartal care of women. Prerequisites: Completion of all graduate-level core courses. NMLB 620 clinical must be taken concurrently. Includes a clinical/lab fee.
  • NM/NMLB 630. Nurse-Midwifery Practicum. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 3 credits for clinical.
  • The intent of this course is to assist the student in applying knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences of the nurse-midwifery management process in primary care and comprehensive antepartal care. Pre/corequisites: Completion of NM 610 and NM 620. Includes a clinical/lab fee.
  • NM/NMLBD 640. Comprehensive Perinatal Care. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 3 credits: 2 didactic and 1 clinical.*
  • The intent of this course is to assist the student in developing knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences of the nurse-midwifery management process in comprehensive perinatal care. Pre/corequisite: Completion of NM 630. NMLB 640 clinical must be taken concurrently. Includes a clinical/lab fee.
  • NM/NMLB 651. Integrated Nurse-Midwifery Practicum. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 5 credits.*
  • This final clinical course in the Midwifery Program provides the opportunity for the student to integrate and influence the knowledge, skills, values, and meanings related to the nurse-midwifery management process in primary care, comprehensive antepartal care and comprehensive perinatal care. The number of clinical hours associated with this five credit course will be at least 300 hours but will be dependent upon the number of clinical experiences in full-scope midwifery practice necessary to attain competency as assessed by nurse-midwifery faculty. Prerequisite: NM 640.
  • NM 652. Evidence-Based Practice Project. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 1 credit.
  • This is the capstone course for the graduate credential in the Nurse-Midwifery Program. It provides the opportunity for students to integrate and influence the knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences related to the documentation and analysis of evidence-based and interprofessional practice in primary care and comprehensive perinatal care.  The Evidence-Based Practice Project will utilize perinatal case studies to analyze the relationship between evidence-based practice and the optimality of outcomes. Prerequisites: NM 640, NMLB 640.
  • NM 660. Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development. (Taken at Shenandoah University). 1 credit.
  • The intent of this course is to assist the student in acquiring and applying the knowledge, skills, values, meanings and experiences of the professional behaviors associated with the practice of advanced/specialized nursing. Prerequisites: Completion of NM 650.

 

 * Based on a 1:4 clinical hour/clock hour ratio. These are minimum number of hours; may be extended due to unknown number of hours needed for each birth. Clinical is interpreted in "# of experiences," i.e. "# of deliveries." The clinical hours should be sufficient to meet the learning needs of students. Because of the nature of midwifery practice, students may require additional hours to successfully meet the Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice as outlined by the ACNM. Students are informed of this unique nature of nurse-midwifery in course syllabi.

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