Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Nursing, Nurse Midwifery Option, M.S.N.


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)

The James Madison University School of Nursing  also offers a Master of Science in Nursing degree in conjunction with Shenandoah University with options in:

  • Nurse Midwifery (NMW)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

All concentrations or options are designed to meet the Essentials of Masters Education in Nursing (AACN, 2021). 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 49 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 780 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 780 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 for applicants who have a BSN. A transcript analysis will be completed on all students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program and an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in another field to determine any gaps in meeting the Essentials of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During this transcript review, the plan of study may include up to 11 extra credits. 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 480 hours of practicum experience. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible to take the CNL certification examination offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification.

The Nurse Midwifery program is an option 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 (26 credits). Refer to Shenandoah University’s Graduate Catalog for most recent information on their courses as changes to credits at Shenandoah University may occur over the next academic cycle. 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. Upon completion of the full curriculum, students will graduate with an MSN degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse Midwifery from Shenandoah University.

The Psychiatric Mental Health program is an option 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. Upon completion of the full curriculum, students will graduate with an MSN degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health from Shenandoah University.

Licensure / Certification

This Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program concentrations meet 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 and 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.

The Post Graduate Nurse Midwifery Certificate and the Post Graduate Nurse Midwifery Certificate are awarded by Shenandoah University. Please contact the programs to determine in which U.S. states and territories the program meets the educational requirements for certification.  

Admission

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

  • Complete the online application for The Graduate School and on NURSINGCAS.

    • Apply to The Graduate School.

      • After completing the Graduate School application, download a screen shot of your application fee receipt and save it as a PDF file, then upload to NURSINGCAS as directed in the instructions outlined in step 2 (below).

    • Apply to NURSINGCAS.

      • Submit all required documents.

      • DO NOT submit these within the JMU Graduate School application.

  • Hold a current unrestricted Registered Nurse license.
  • 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 concentrations/Nurse Midwifery applicants only)
  • Have relevant professional clinical experience.
  • Have taken undergraduate courses in statistics with a minimum grade of “C”. 
  • Meet the school’s technical standards for admission
  • Provide evidence of personal and professional qualifications in the form of two (2) professional recommendations.
  • 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).

* A transcript analysis will be completed on all students who have an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited nursing program and an undergraduate baccalaureate degree in another field to determine any gaps in meeting the Essentials of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. During this transcript review, the plan of study may include up to 11 extra credits.

Application Deadline

Applications are due on March 15 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission for the CNL and NA concentrations. Nurse Practitioner applications are due on December 1. Applications submitted after the December 1 deadline may be considered based on merit and availability in the program. Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwifery program applicant interviews will be held in January. Full and part-time students will enter the program in the summer or fall semester of each year.

Application Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation criteria includes previous academic and scholarly work, professional experience, 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.

Master of Science in Nursing Graduate Core Courses


All M.S.N. students complete the graduate core courses.

Total: 21 Credit Hours


Footnote


1 NA concentration does not require NSG 520 , NSG 521 , or NSG 522 .

Nurse Midwifery Curriculum


Courses Taken at JMU


Total: 22 credit hours


Courses Taken at Shenandoah University


Refer to Shenandoah University’s Graduate Catalog for most recent information on their course listing for the NMW Post Masters Certificate.

Total Taken at Shenandoah University: 26 Credit Hours


Total Credits: 48 Credit Hours


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.

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.