Clinical Options

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) 
  • School Nurse
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Education

Post-master's Certificates

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Nurse Education 

School Nurse Licensure

  • School Nurse

MSN Program Director

Dr. Valerie O’Dell
3132 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-2177
vmodell@ysu.edu

Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed for baccalaureate-prepared nurses who have strong undergraduate foundations in critical thinking, decision-making, and nursing prac­tice. The program consists of five options, with specialization in clinical nursing for chronic ill­ness care, nurse anesthesia, school nursing, and nurse education. The core curriculum centers on professional nurs­ing issues, nursing science, and research methods for building nursing knowledge. The advanced practice chronic illness care option focuses on the delivery of comprehensive care to individuals and groups experiencing chronic illnesses. The nurse anesthetist option focuses on the admin­istration of anesthesia to individuals requiring surgical and nonsurgical diagnostic procedures. The school nurse option focuses on delivery of comprehensive care to individuals in the school environment. The nurse education option focuses on delivery of nursing and patient education to individuals in academic, health-care delivery, and community settings.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). In addition, the nurse anesthetist option is fully accred­ited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). For ad­ditional information regarding accreditation, contact the ACEN:

ACEN
3343 Peachtree Road NE
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 975-5000

The Master of Science in Nursing in nurse anesthesia is a cooperative program between Youngstown State University and St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. All courses are taught by YSU graduate faculty. Humility of Mary Health Partners supports the program by providing clinical and other resources at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Students gain experience in the use of many anesthetic agents and techniques and are supervised by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) and Staff Anesthesiologists from Bel-Park Anesthesia Associates, Inc. Upon successful completion of the degree program, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam by the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Once certified, CRNAs must apply for a Certificate of Authority to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of Ohio or abide by the laws of the state in which they intend to practice.

Acceptance into the YSU Master of Science in Nursing program is contingent upon acceptance into the St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc. For additional admission information specific to the Nurse Anesthetist option please contact Beverly A. Rodgers:

Dr. Beverly A. Rodgers, CRNA, DNAP
Program Director
St. Elizabeth Health Center School for Nurse Anesthetists, Inc.
(330) 480-3444
brodgers@belpark.net

Admission Requirements

All nurs­ing applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point aver­age of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Satisfactory completion of undergraduate courses in health assessment, statistics, and re­search methods
  • Hold a B.S.N. degree from an accredited program
  • Current Ohio Registered Nurse license and minimum of one year professional work experience
  • Current CPR certification, current immunizations, drug screening, and criminal background checks are to be maintained while in the program.
  • All nurse anesthetist applicants must submit an official report of Graduate Record Exami­nation (General Test) scores completed within the past five years.
  • Applicants with a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) must submit an official report of Graduate Record Examination (General Test) scores completed within the past five years.
  • Successful/satisfactory interview is required for all MSN nursing applicants meeting minimum requirements.
  • Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Catalog under Provisional Admission.

Applicants must submit the following items to Graduate Admissions in Coffelt Hall:

  • Official transcripts from each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than YSU)
  • Three satisfactory Recommendation Reference Forms: one each from a faculty member, an employer, and a colleague
  • Letter of intent (300 words maximum) stating one’s professional career goals and how graduate edu­cation in nursing will help fulfill said goals
  • Resume or curriculum vita (including education, work and/or research experience, publications, certifications, licenses, grants, professional affiliations, awards, honors, presentations, and/or courses taught)

Application deadline for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option: February 1. The FNP option is a cohort-based program (beginning each Fall).

Terri L. Coffee, D.N.P., Clinical Assistant Professor
Gerontology; surgery; addiction

Patricia L. Hoyson, Ph.D., Professor
Diabetes; critical thinking; patient education; nursing education

Nicole Kent-Strollo, M.S.N., Clinical Instructor
Women's health; athletics

Susan A. Lisko, D.N.P., Associate Professor
Critical thinking; nursing simulation; medical-surgical nursing

Valerie Marie O'Dell, D.N.P., Associate Professor
Maternal-child nursing; simulation scenario development; nursing education

Jill E. Rankin, D.N.P., Clinical Assistant Professor
Pediatrics; community health; health advocacy

Pamela A. Schuster, Ph.D., Professor
Clinical nursing research; research in nursing education

Kimberly A. Serroka, D.N.P., Professor
Pediatric issues; children and families; simulation in nursing education; motivating nursing students; preceptorships

Cynthia M. Shields, D.N.P., Clinical Associate Professor
Critical care nursing; nurse practitioner education and practice

Nancy Wagner, D.N.P., Professor
Pediatrics; educational research/simulation; transcultural

Amy Weaver, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Geriatric education; geriatrics; simulation

The areas of coursework in the M.S.N. program include core courses (16 semester hours), and one of the following options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist option (30 semester hours),
  • Family Nurse Practitioner option (37 s.h.),
  • School Nurse option (27 semester hours),
  • Nurse Anesthetist option (34 semester hours),
  • Nurse Education option (27 semester hours).

The breakdown of these course requirements is as follows:

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6906Advanced Statistics3
NURS 7002Nursing Science and Research 22
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Courses
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 6905Advanced Health Assessment Practicum5
NURS 6998Anatomy and Physiology of Aging3
NURS 7000Adult and Gerontology Care3
NURS 7001Adult-Gerontology Care Practicum5
NURS 7003Role Development3
NURS 7004Role Development Practicum5
Total Semester Hours46

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6906Advanced Statistics3
NURS 7002Nursing Science and Research 22
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option Courses
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7003Role Development3
NURS 7004Role Development Practicum5
NURS 7024Family and Women's Health3
NURS 7025Family and Women's Health Practicum4
NURS 7026Infant, Child and Adolescent Health3
NURS 7027Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Practicum5
NURS 7028Adult and Older Adult Health3
NURS 7029Adult and Older Adult Health Practicum5
Total Semester Hours53

School Nurse Option 

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6906Advanced Statistics3
NURS 7002Nursing Science and Research 22
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
School Nurse Option Courses
FOUN 6902Sociological Bases of Education3
NURS 6907Health Assessment of School Children3
NURS 6908Health Assessment of School Children Practicum2
NURS 7008Schools and Health3
NURS 7014Health Management in Schools3
NURS 7015Health Management in Schools Practicum2
NURS 7016School Nurse Role3
NURS 7017School Nurse Role Practicum5
SPED 6900Issues, Trends & Foundations in Special Education3
Total Semester Hours43

Nurse Anesthetist Option

The total semester hours required for the nurse anesthetist option are greater than the usual hour requirements for other master’s programs at YSU. The increased number of hours is neces­sary in order to meet the COA requirements for a nurse anesthesia program.

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6906Advanced Statistics3
NURS 7002Nursing Science and Research 22
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
Nurse Anesthetist Option Courses
NURS 6910Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia3
NURS 6911Pharmacology 1 for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 6912Pharmacology 2 for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 6913Medical Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 6914Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology 1 for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 6916Anesthesia Principles 12
NURS 7010Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology 2 for Nurse Anesthetists3
NURS 7011Anesthesia Principles 26
NURS 7012Anesthesia Principles 38
Total Semester Hours50

Nurse Education Option

COURSETITLES.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6906Advanced Statistics3
NURS 7002Nursing Science and Research 22
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
Nurse Education Option Courses
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7018Nursing Curriculum Design3
NURS 7019Nursing Instructional Methods3
NURS 7020Evaluation in Nursing Education3
NURS 7021Nurse Educator Role4
NURS 7022Nurse Educator Role Practicum5
Cognates: Education Technology
Select two of the following:6
Technology in Instructional Settings
Instructional Design
Instructional Multimedia Authoring
Distance Education and Online Information Dissemination
Total Semester Hours43

School Nurse Licensure

Youngstown State University’s School Nurse Licensure Program is designed to build upon undergraduate education and to prepare the school nurse to be an effective member of the professional school community. This program requires 15-17 semester credit hours with courses taught by both the Nursing Program and the College of Education. Included in the program are 300 practicum hours (5 s.h. credit) in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school nurse preceptor and a university faculty member. This practicum may be taken in increments to accommodate the working student. Opportunities for practicum hours to be waived (up to 200 hours) are considered on an individual basis for nurses with school nurse experience. Courses are either online or hybrid, meeting about 4 times during the semester.


Students seeking admission into the School Nurse Licensure Program must have a baccalaureate degree with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology, and community health. Students must be licensed to practice nursing in Ohio, or eligible to be licensed (graduate of an approved school of nursing). The Ohio RN license is necessary prior to practicum placement.

COURSETITLES.H.
School Nurse License Required Coursework
SPED 6900Issues, Trends & Foundations in Special Education3
NURS 6907Health Assessment of School Children3
NURS 7014Health Management in Schools3
NURS 7016School Nurse Role3
NURS 7017School Nurse Role Practicum3-5
Total Semester Hours15-17

For further information about School Nurse Licensure, contact Dr. Valerie O'Dell, Department of Nursing at (330) 941-2177 or at vmodell@ysu.edu.

Nurse Education Certificate

Youngstown State University offers a nurse education certificate designed to prepare post-baccalaureate nurses with professional development opportunities to enhance and refine skills by providing education that prepares them for nurse educator roles in academic and service settings. At the completion of this certificate program, students will be eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing, Nurse Educator Certification examination.

See the Graduate Certificates section of this Catalog for additional information about the Nurse Education Certificate, or contact Dr. Valerie O'Dell, Department of Nursing at (330) 941-2177 or at vmodell@ysu.edu.

Learning Outcomes

All graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • utilize appropriate theories to provide high quality nursing care
  • provide cost-effective, ethical, and quality management of health care resources in diverse settings
  • apply knowledge of the Health Care Delivery System through utilization of appropriate system mechanisms
  • synthesize research findings for practice utilization
  • conduct and participate in nursing research studies

Upon successful completion of the MSN program, graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations. Once certified, graduates must apply for a Certificate of Authority to practice as an Advanced Practice Nurse in the State of Ohio or in the state in which they intend to practice.

Graduates of the Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist option are prepared to:

  • practice in advanced nursing roles and provide care to the entire adult/older-adult age spectrum across the continuum of care from wellness to acute care. The patient population of the Adult-Gerontology CNS practice includes young adults (including late adolescents and emancipated minors), adults, and older adults (including young-old, old, and old-old adults)
  • incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into adult-gerontological nursing practice and management roles.
  • analyze social issues related to the health care delivery system and advanced nursing practice.

Graduates of the School Nurse option are prepared to:

  • work in the clinical practice specialty of school health utilizing advanced practice nursing roles.
  • incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into nursing practice and management roles.
  • analyze social issues related to the Health Care Delivery System and advanced nursing practice.

Graduates of the Nurse Anesthetist option are prepared to:

  • administer anesthesia in a variety of practice settings to patients needing anesthesia care.
  • utilize advanced practice nursing roles within the Health Care Delivery System.

Graduates of the Nurse Education option are prepared to:

  • practice in advanced nurse educator roles within Academic, Health Care Delivery and Community settings.
  • incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into nursing practice and education roles.
  • analyze social issues related to Health Care Delivery Systems and nursing education.

Graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner option are prepared to:

  • provide primary care to families and persons of all ages within the health care delivery system
  • incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into the nurse practitioner role
  • analyze social issues related to the health care delivery system and advanced nursing practice