Clinical Options

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

Post-master's Certificates

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

Post-Baccalaureate 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 four program options, with specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, and Nurse Anesthesia and three post-master’s certificates in Adult- Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Education. The department also offers a non-degree School Nurse certificate. 

The core curriculum centers on professional nursing issues, nursing science, and research methods for building nursing knowledge. The Family Nurse Practitioner option focuses on the delivery of primary care to families and persons of all ages within the health care delivery system. The Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner option focuses on providing direct acute care to adult and older adult individuals and families.  The Nursing Education option focuses on delivery of nursing and patient education to individuals in academic, health-care delivery and community settings. The Nurse Anesthetist option focuses on the administration of anesthesia to individuals requiring surgical and non-surgical diagnostic procedures. The non-degree School Nurse certificate focuses on delivery of comprehensive care to individuals in the school environment.

The Master of Science in Nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For ad­ditional information regarding accreditation, contact ACEN:

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

In addition, the nurse anesthetist option is fully accred­ited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA). 

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. Mercy Health supports the program by providing clinical and other resources at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital and St. Joseph Warren Hospital. Pediatric clinical experiences are provided at Akron Children's Hospital. 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 Dr. Beverly A. Rodgers:

Dr. Beverly A. Rodgers, DNAP, CRNA 
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 is February 1. The FNP option is a cohort-based program (beginning each Fall).

Graduate Faculty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Graduate Courses

NURS 6900    Professional Issues in Nursing    3 s.h.

Exploration of nursing issues including changing roles and scope of practice and discipline concerns, with emphasis of interdisciplinary collaboration and social, cultural, political, economic, legal, regulatory, and ethical practice considerations.

NURS 6901    Nursing Science and Research 1    3 s.h.

Analysis of health-related evidence for practice. Exploration of the significance of theory, research, and research methods and strategies for translating evidence into practice.
Prereq. or concurrent: NURS 6906.

NURS 6902    Advanced Pathophysiology    3 s.h.

Normal physiologic functions and pathologic mechanisms are examined to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles.

NURS 6903    Advanced Pharmacology    3 s.h.

Application of pharmacological concepts in clinical settings with examination of major categories of pharmacological agents.
Prereq.: NURS 6902.

NURS 6904    Advanced Health Assessment    3 s.h.

Development of advanced clinical knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive health assessment across the life span. Emphasis on health history, physical, cultural, developmental and nutritional assessments with differential diagnosis of common health problems.
Prereq.: NURS 6902 (or concurrent).

NURS 6905    Advanced Health Assessment Practicum    5 s.h.

Application of advanced nursing knowledge and skills from NURS 6904 focusing on the assessment of adult and geriatric populations. To be taken concurrently with NURS 6904.
Prereq.: NURS 6902 and NURS 6998.

NURS 6906    Advanced Statistics    3 s.h.

Advanced inferential and multivariate statistical techniques used in nursing and other health professions, with emphasis on PASW computer analysis for interpretation of nursing and health data.
Prereq.: An undergraduate statistics course or equivalent.

NURS 6907    Health Assessment of School Children    3 s.h.

Development of advanced clinical knowledge and skills in assessment of school children. Emphasis on research from nursing, biological, behavioral, and social sciences.
Prereq.: NURS 6901, NURS 6902, and NURS 6903, or enrollment in school nurse licensure program.

NURS 6908    Health Assessment of School Children Practicum    2 s.h.

Application of advanced nursing knowledge and skills from NURS 6907, focusing on assessment of children in school settings.
Concurrent: NURS 6907.

NURS 6910    Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia    3 s.h.

Ethics, legal aspects, and professional issues associated with a career in nurse anesthesia. Includes a history of anesthesia and the role of certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA).
Prereq.: Acceptance into nurse anesthesia option.

NURS 6911    Pharmacology 1 for Nurse Anesthetists    3 s.h.

Basic principles of pharmacology including drug effectiveness, mechanism of action, and drug interactions. Emphasis on pharmacological action of drugs on specific organ systems and use in treatment of disease conditions.
Prereq.: Acceptance into nurse anesthesia option.

NURS 6912    Pharmacology 2 for Nurse Anesthetists    3 s.h.

Comprehensive study of drugs and adjunctive agents used in anesthesia practice. Includes a review of inhalation and intravenous anesthetics, local anesthetics, neuromuscular blocking agents, and adjunctive drugs.
Prereq.: NURS 6911.

NURS 6913    Medical Chemistry and Physics for Nurse Anesthetists    3 s.h.

Application of organic chemistry, biochemistry, and medical physics in the practice of anesthesia.
Prereq.: Acceptance into nurse anesthesia option.

NURS 6914    Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology 1 for Nurse Anesthetists    3 s.h.

Study of the structure and function of the human body.
Prereq.: Acceptance into nurse anesthesia option.

NURS 6916    Anesthesia Principles 1    2 s.h.

Introduction to anesthesia practice and techniques, including preoperative assessments, anesthesia drugs, care plan development and implementation, and safety issues.
Prereq.: Acceptance into nurse anesthesia option.

NURS 6920    Special Topics    1-4 s.h.

Topics may vary from semester to semester and will be announced along with prerquisites and hours. May be repeated. S/U grading.

NURS 6998    Anatomy and Physiology of Aging    3 s.h.

Using a systems approach, this course will examine the anatomical and physiological changes that occur with aging. It will discuss age-related disorders and evaluate the impact of these changes on activities and daily function. This course will be cross-listed with GERO 6998.

NURS 7000    Adult and Gerontology Care    3 s.h.

Advanced nursing management of adult and geriatric health care needs. Taken concurrently with NURS 7001.
Prereq.: NURS 6904, NURS 6905, and NURS 6998.

NURS 7001    Adult-Gerontology Care Practicum    5 s.h.

Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 7000 focusing on advanced nursing management of adult and geriatric health care needs.
Prereq.: NURS 6904, NURS 6905, and NURS 6998.
Concurrent with: NURS 7000.

NURS 7002    Nursing Science and Research 2    2 s.h.

Continuation of NURS 6901, focusing on design, instrumentation, data collection methods, data analysis and data interpretation.
Prereq.: NURS 6901 and NURS 6906.

NURS 7003    Role Development    3 s.h.

The examination of concepts, theories, and research related to advanced practice role development, teaching, learning, technology, evaluation strategies, leadership, program development, marketing skills, and health care delivery in community settings.
Prereq.: NURS 7000, NURS 7001 and NURS 7002.

NURS 7004    Role Development Practicum    5 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories, and research from NURS 7003 in a variety of nursing education, health care, and community settings.
Prereq.: NURS 7000, NURS 7001, NURS 7002, NURS 7003, or concurrent with NURS 7003.

NURS 7005    Capstone Practicum    2 s.h.

Synthesis of learned concepts and theories in the form of an individual scholarly project, and dissemination of findings under the direction of a graduate faculty member.
Prereq.: Completion of all coursework and approval of MSN faculty committee.

NURS 7006    Special Topics in Nursing    1-5 s.h.

Special interest nursing topics selected by the faculty which reflect current trends and issues in nursing practice. May be repeated as desired.

NURS 7008    Schools and Health    3 s.h.

Population focus survey of children's health issues and K-12 schools using CDC Coordinated School Health Program model as an organizing framework. Topics include school health policy, relationship of health and academic outcomes, and Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance (YRBSS). Current research infused into the course.
Prereq.: Enrollment in school nurse licensure program.
Cross-listed: MPH 7008.

NURS 7010    Human Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology 2 for Nurse Anesthetists    3 s.h.

NURS 6914 Continuation of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology I with further emphasis on cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, hepatic, and endocrine systems.
Prereq.: NURS 6914.

NURS 7011    Anesthesia Principles 2    6 s.h.

Examines specific anesthetic techniques used in a variety of surgical procedures.
Prereq.: NURS 6916.

NURS 7012    Anesthesia Principles 3    8 s.h.

Administration of anesthesia for high-risk patients.
Prereq.: NURS 7011.

NURS 7014    Health Management in Schools    3 s.h.

Advanced nursing management of health care needs of children in schools, pre-K through high school.
Prereq.: NURS 6907 or enrollment in school nurse licensure program.

NURS 7015    Health Management in Schools Practicum    2 s.h.

Application of knowledge and skills from NURS 7014, focusing on advanced nursing management of health care needs of children in schools, pre-K through high school. To be taken concurrently with NURS 7014.
Prereq.: NURS 6907.

NURS 7016    School Nurse Role    3 s.h.

Examination of concepts, theories, and research related to advanced practice role development, teaching, learning, technology, evaluation strategies, leadership, marketing skills, and health care delivery in school settings.
Prereq.: NURS 7014, NURS 7015 or enrollment in the school nurse licensure program.

NURS 7017    School Nurse Role Practicum    1-5 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories, and research from NURS 7016 in pre-K and K-12 school settings to be taken concurrently with NURS 7016.
Prereq.: NURS 7014, NURS 7015 or enrollment in school nurse licensure program.

NURS 7018    Nursing Curriculum Design    3 s.h.

Foundations of nursing curriculum with designs, development of frameworks, and identification of learning strategies to achieve nursing education learning competencies and outcomes.

NURS 7019    Nursing Instructional Methods    3 s.h.

Theoretical foundations and analysis of teaching strategies in academic and clinical settings promoting critical thinking, assessment techniques, and learning outcomes in a variety of nursing education and healthcare settings.
Prereq.: NURS 7018.

NURS 7020    Evaluation in Nursing Education    3 s.h.

Methods, frameworks, basic principles, and strategies for nursing educational evaluation, including assessment, designs, curriculum and program evaluation tools, agency accreditation processes, legal and ethical guidelines, and measurement tools of scoring and grading.
Prereq.: NURS 7018, NURS 7019.

NURS 7021    Nurse Educator Role    4 s.h.

Examination of concepts, theories and research related to advanced practice role development, teaching, learning, technology, evaluation strategies, leadership, marketing skills, and nursing education practice in academic and health care delivery settings.
Prereq.: NURS 7018, NURS 7019, and NURS 7020.

NURS 7022    Nurse Educator Role Practicum    3-5 s.h.

Field experience and application of concepts, theories, research findings, teaching strategies, learning, technology, evaluation strategies, leadership, and marketing skills from NURS 7018, NURS 7019, and NURS 7020 in a variety of nursing education and healthcare settings. This practicum will consist of 150 hours.
Prereq.: NURS 7018, NURS 7019, and NURS 7020 or concurrent with NURS 7021.

NURS 7024    Family and Women's Health    3 s.h.

Primary health care management of family and women in diverse settings. Emphasizes health promotion, illness prevention, disease detection, and identification and management of health problems and concerns affecting families and women throughout the lifespan. Taken concurrently with NURS 7025.
Prereq.: NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6902, NURS 6904.

NURS 7025    Family and Women's Health Practicum    4 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories and research from NURS 7024 in a variety of health care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7024.
Prereq.: NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6902, NURS 6904.

NURS 7026    Infant, Child and Adolescent Health    3 s.h.

Primary health care management of infants, children and adolescents in diverse settings. Emphasis on health promotion, illness prevention, disease detection, and identification and management of health problems and concerns from infancy through adolescence. Taken concurrently with NURS 7027 .
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903, NURS 6904.

NURS 7027    Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Practicum    5 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories and research from NURS 7026 in a variety of health care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7026.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903, NURS 6904.

NURS 7028    Adult and Older Adult Health    3 s.h.

Primary health care management of young adults, adults, and older adults in diverse settings. Emphasizes health promotion, illness prevention, disease detection, and identification and management of health problems and concerns affecting young adults, adults, and older adults. Taken concurrently with NURS 7029.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903, and NURS 6904.

NURS 7029    Adult and Older Adult Health Practicum    5 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories and research from NURS 7028 in a variety of health care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7028.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903, NURS 6904.

NURS 7037    Adult-Gero Acute Care 1    3 s.h.

Health promotion, health protection and disease prevention and treatment of the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult-geriatric patient population and their families. Content will focus on assessment, diagnosis, management and treatment options relevant to patients with acute and chronic illnesses or injuries in young adults, adults and older adults. Taken concurrently with NURS 7038.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6904.

NURS 7038    Adult-Gero Acute Care 1 Practicum    4-5 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories, and research from NURS 7037 in the acute care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7037.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6904.

NURS 7039    Adult-Gero Acute Care 2    3 s.h.

Health promotion, health protection and disease prevention and treatment of the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult-geriatric patient population and their families. Examining diagnosing and managing issues related to the care of the acutely ill or injured adult-gerontology population. Examine the pathophysiologic as well as the psychosocial influences underlying acute illness and injury. Taken concurrently with NURS 7040.
Prereq.: NURS 7037 and NURS 7038.

NURS 7040    Adult-Gero Acute Care 2 Practicum    4-6 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories, and research from NURS 7039 in the acute care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7039.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6904.

NURS 7041    Adult-Gero Acute Care 3    3 s.h.

Health promotion, health protection and disease prevention and treatment of the acute, critical, and chronically ill or injured adult-geriatric patient population and their families. Examining diagnosing and managing issues related to the physiologic and psychosocial aspects of the acutely ill or injured adult-gerontology population commonly seen in the trauma, emergency, and disaster settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7042.
Prereq.: NURS 7039 and NURS 7040.

NURS 7042    Adult-Gero Acute Care 3 Practicum    4-6 s.h.

Application of concepts, theories, and research from NURS 7041 in the acute care settings. Taken concurrently with NURS 7041.
Prereq.: NURS 6902, NURS 6903 (or concurrent), NURS 6904.