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

  • Nurse Anesthetist option (34 semester hours)

The breakdown of these course requirements is as follows:

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.

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

MSN Student Learning Outcomes

All graduates of the program are prepared to:

  • Synthesize theory and research from nursing and related disciplines for advanced nursing roles.
  • Utilize leadership strategies to influence health and health care and to promote the nursing profession in the advanced nursing role. 
  • Expand the knowledge of evidence-based practice by identifying nursing research problems and contributing to research investigations.
  • Integrate assessment of own learning in developing a lifelong pattern of scholarly inquiry.

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 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.

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).