James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

This program 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 Psychiatric Mental Health 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:

First year courses at JMU:


NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment


NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology


NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics


NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional


NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing


NSG 634 Role of The Advanced Practice Nurse


NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment


NSG 692 Health Care Policy


Total Credits at JMU


Sample Plan of Study

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

Year One

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


NSG 522 Pharmacology
NSG 692 Health Policy 
NSG 690 Epidemiology 
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing