James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Nurse-Midwifery 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 program prepares graduates as nurse-midwives. Graduates will receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree from James Madison University School of Nursing and a post-graduate certification in Nurse-Midwifery from Shenandoah University. Shenandoah University's Nurse-Midwifery Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME). Please visit the Shenandoah University Nurse-Midwifery webpage for specific accreditation and certification information: http://www.su.edu/nursing/graduate-degrees-post-masters-certificate/nurse-midwifery-programs/.

Course content focuses on the nurse-midwifery management process in women’s health and primary care through the lifespan, antepartal, intrapartal, postpartal, and neonatal care, and role development. More than 720 hours of clinical experience are offered in all aspects of the midwifery process in a wide variety of ambulatory and community sites, including rural and medically underserved health care settings. The nurse-midwifery curriculum is competency-based, so numbers of experiences take precedence over hours of clinical requirements. The first year may be taken part-time over 2 years, but the second year at Shenandoah University is only offered full time.

First year courses 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 3
Total Credits at JMU 22

Sample Plan of Study


JMU Core Full-Time Plan of Study

Year One
Fall

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 634 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse (1)

Spring

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)

Nurse Midwifery: Shenandoah University Specialty Courses (19 Credits)

*Credit Hours in parentheses are clinical credit hours 

First Semester (6 credits)
NM610 Primary Care of Women 3* 2(1)  SU
NM620 Comprehensive Antepartal Care 3* 2(1) SU
Second Semester  (6 credits)
NM630 Midwifery Practicum (3)  SU
NM640 Comprehensive Perinatal Care 3* 2(1)  SU, Clinical becomes competency-based due to intrapartum
Third Semester  (7 credits)
NM660 Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development  1  SU
NMLB651 Integrated Midwifery Internship (5)  Clinical becomes competency based due to IP 
NM652 Evidence-Based Practice Project 1  Optimality Index Analysis of Evidence Based Care 

Proposed Credit allotment for each program, Degree conferred 

Program 

Credits 

Degree Conferred 

JMU 

22 

MSN 

Shenandoah University 

19 

Post Graduate Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery