James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program

Nurse-Midwifery Concentration

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 the 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 information:  http://www.su.edu/nursing/graduate-degrees-post-masters-certificate/nurse-midwifery-programs/. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam given by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) http://www.amcbmidwife.org

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.  Full-time or part-time study is available.  The nurse-midwifery curriculum is competency-based, so numbers of experiences take precedence over hours of clinical requirements.

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

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