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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Nursing

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Phone: (540) 568-6314

School Director
Dr. Julie Sanford

Associate Director of Graduate Programs
Dr. Melody Eaton

D.N.P. Program Coordinator
Dr. Linda Hulton

Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator
Dr. Andrea Knopp

Leadership (CNL/NA) Programs Coordinator
Dr. Christine Argenbright

M. deValpine, M. Eaton, L. Hulton, J. Sanford

Associate Professors
S. Annan, M. Bagnardi, A. Knopp, S. Strang, J. Strunk, L. Sobel, E. Sawin

Assistant Professors
C. Argenbright, D. Gleason, A. Graham, J. Harnage, E. Lewis, J. Tacy

S. Stowell


We engage students, faculty and communities through dynamic and innovative nursing education, practice and scholarship to influence health in our world.


In order to support and accomplish this mission the nursing faculty has identified the following purposes:

  • Prepare nursing professionals who provide culturally competent, holistic, evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families, aggregates and communities in a wide variety of settings.
  • Promote a community of learning that models professional values and lifelong professional development for both faculty and students.
  • Promote service-learning activities that include collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives and partnerships between nursing education and the practice arena to meet the future health needs of consumers.
  • Conduct research and creative scholarship to generate nursing knowledge and disseminate that knowledge through collaboration, publication and presentations.


The master of science in nursing and the doctor of nursing practice programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Programs of Study

The James Madison University School of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.).

The concentrations within the M.S.N. are:

  • 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 (in conjunction with Shenandoah University)1

1 Pending approval from SACSCOC

The D.N.P. at JMU is a practice-focused degree with an emphasis on the rigor of evidence-based practice grounded in research knowledge and the analysis of clinical and systems data. Students may choose from two areas of foci:

  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Leadership in Healthcare Systems

A differential tuition fee of $90 per credit hour is added to the standard charge for courses carrying the NSG prefix. This charge applies to all students, both in-state and out-of-state, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with the exception of students enrolled in the R.N. to B.S.N. program.


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