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The areas of coursework in the MSN program include core courses, and one of the following options:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 

The breakdown of these course requirements is as follows:

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Courses
NURS 6900Professional Issues in Nursing3
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 Practicum3
Adult Gero Acute Care Option Courses
NURS 7037Adult-Gero Acute Care 13
NURS 7038Adult-Gero Acute Care 1 Practicum2
NURS 7039Adult-Gero Acute Care 23
NURS 7040Adult-Gero Acute Care 2 Practicum3
NURS 7041Adult-Gero Acute Care 33
NURS 7042Adult-Gero Acute Care 3 Practicum3
Total Semester Hours43

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.

Admission Requirements

All AG-ACNP 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.

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

  • For AG-ACNP: A minimum of 2 years of critical care experience is required (this can include emergency room, ICU or intermediate acute care experience) prior to registering for the first specialty course (AG-ACNP NURS 7037, 7039, 7041). *

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)
  1. 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.

  • For AG-ACNP Only: Current ACLS certification required prior to the start of practicums
  • Current BLS certification, immunizations, drug screen and criminal background checks are maintained while in the program annually