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

  • Family Nurse Practitioner option (26 semester hours)

The breakdown of these course requirements is as follows:

Core Courses
NURS 6900Healthcare Issues and Trends3
NURS 6901Nursing Science and Research 13
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 6907Health Assessment of School Children3
NURS 6908Health Assessment of School Children Practicum2
NURS 7003Role Development3
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum2
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option Courses
NURS 7045Family Nurse Practitioner 13
NURS 7046Family Nurse Practitioner 2 3
NURS 7047Family Nurse Practitioner 3 3
NURS 7048Family Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum 3
NURS 7049Family Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum 3
NURS 7050Family Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum 3
NURS 7051Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum 1
Total Semester Hours44

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 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

Admission Requirements

All FNP Nurs­ing applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited program
  2. Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and verification of work experience.
    • For FNP: 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course (FNP NURS 7045, 7046, 7047). *

  If GPA is 2.7 – 2.99 (on a 4.0 scale)

  • For FNP: 2,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course (FNP NURS 7045, 7046, 7047) *

Degree-seeking students having an undergraduate GPA below 2.7 are required to meet the 2,000 clinical hours or 2 years’ experience as written above AND must present a satisfactory score on the general test of the Graduate Record Exam or the Miller Analogies Test.

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate academic work from each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than Youngstown State University (YSU)
  2. Verification of a current, unencumbered RN license and expiration date in the state in which the student is licensed and practices, and will be completing practicum hours.

*Please use Supplemental Employment Verification form to verify clinical hours and experience.

  • Current BLS certification, immunizations, drug screen and criminal background checks are maintained while in the program annually.