James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

November 29th - 6:30 p.m. MSN and DNP On-Campus Information Session

UPDATED Application Deadline and Process for all MSN Nurse Practitioner Concentrations and the Nurse Midwifery Concentration: Completed applications are due on January 15 at 5pm (EST). GRE or MAT testing is no longer required for program entry. Applications submitted after the January 15th deadline may be considered based on merit and availability in the program. Applicant interviews will be held on February 11 and 12, 2019.

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 MSN degree program has the following concentrations:

This concentration prepares graduates as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners.  Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree from James Madison University School of Nursing and a post-graduate certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Shenandoah University School of Nursing.  Students complete their first year of study (22 credits) at James Madison University, and their second year of study at Shenandoah University (29 credits).  The credits taken at JMU may be taken part-time or full-time.  The second year of PMHNP courses is taken in full-time study at Shenandoah University.  Shenandoah University's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For specific information on this program concentration specialty see Shenandoah University’s School of Nursing website: https://www.su.edu/nursing/certificate-programs/certificate-in-post-masters-psychiatric-mental-health/


Graduate Core Courses Taken at JMU Credits
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology 3
NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional 3
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NSG 634 Role of The Advanced Practice Nurse 1
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment 3
NSG 692 Health Care Policy for Practice and Advocacy 3
Total Credits at JMU 22

NOTE: The first year may be taken part-time over 2 years, but the second year at Shenandoah University is only offered full time.

Courses Taken at Shenandoah University              Credits
SUMMER 1:            
NP 525 Behavioral Neuroscience: Independent Study    3
PMH 635 Foundations of Psychotherapy 3
FALL 1:  
PMH 641 Management of Psychiatric Mental Health: Adult (Class) 2
PMH 641 Management of Psychiatric Mental Health: Adult Practicum (120 clinical hours) 2
PMH 680 Management of Psychiatric Mental Health: Child & Adolescent (Class)    2
PMH 680 Management of Psychiatric Mental Health: Child & Adolescent (120 clinical hours)  2
SPRING 1:  
HP 576 Substance and Relationship Abuse   3
PMH 660 Management of Complex Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Class) 2
PMH 660 Management of Complex Mental Health Across the Lifespan Practicum (120 clinical hours)                        
2
PMH 685 Management of Psychiatric Mental Health: Geriatric   2
SUMMER 2:  
NP 690 Advanced Nurse Practitioner Role Development    2
PMH 695 Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Practicum (240 clinical hours) 4
Total Credits at Shenandoah       29

Refer to Shenandoah University's Graduate Catalog for most recent information on their course listing and course descriptions for the PMHNP Post Masters Certificate.
Total: 29 Credit Hours

JMU Core Full-Time Plan

JMU Core Full-Time Plan of Study

Year One
Fall (10 credits)

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 520 Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (1)

Spring (12 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3) 
NSG 692 Health Policy (3)
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment (3) 
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)

JMU Core Part-Time Plan of Study

Year One
Fall (6 credits)

NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)

Spring (6 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment (3)

Year Two
Fall (4 credits)

NSG520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (1)

Spring (6 credits)

NSG 612 Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing (3)
NSG 692 Health Policy (3)