MSN Program

Nurse-Midwifery Concentration

A JMU Master of Science in Nursing Program prepares graduate nurses to meet the challenge of rapidly changing and increasingly complex health care environments.

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 (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, the student will graduate with an MSN degree from James Madison University and a Post Graduate Certificate 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.

information on MSN first-year courses
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

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

Spring

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

Year Two

Fall

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

Spring

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

Nurse Midwifery: Shenandoah University Specialty Courses (26 Credits)

https://www.su.edu/nursing/certificate-programs/nurse-midwifery-initiative/

Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Courses for Post Graduate Certificate Students

The courses for this Certificate begin only in the Fall semester. They must be taken sequentially.

Graduate core courses will be taken at Home University.

Course Title Prerequisite Credits Semester
Semester 1
NM 610 Primary Care of Women Core 2 Fall
NM 620 Antepartum Care Core 2 Fall
NM 612 Women’s Health Core 2 Fall
NMLB 624 Midwifery Practicum I Core (3) Fall
Credits for Semester One 6(3)
Semester 2
NM 640 Comprehensive Perinatal Care 610, 612, 620, 624 3 Spring
NM 641 Perinatal Complications 610, 612, 620, 624 2 Spring
NMLB 630 Midwifery Practicum II 610, 612, 620, 624 (4) Spring
Credits for Semester Two 5(4)
Semester 3
NM 660 Advanced Nurse-Midwifery Role Development 640, 641, 630 2 Summer
NM 652 Evidence-Based Practice Project 640, 641, 630 1 Summer
NMLB 651 Integrated Midwifery Internship 640, 641, 630 (5)* Summer
Credits for Semester Three 3(5)*
Total Credits in Clinical Cohort 14(12)
Total Credits in Certificate 14(12)

** Normally, our clock hour to clinical credit is 4:1, however, in courses with an IP clinical component, # of experiences should be sufficient to meet students’ learning needs. The length & timing of birth is unpredictable, therefore students may require additional hours to gain enough experiences to successfully meet the ACNM Core Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice 2020.