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Admission Requirements

MSN Nurse Education option

  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 Nurse Ed: 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course (Nurse Ed: NURS 7018, 7019, 7020, 7021).

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

For Nurse Ed: 2,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course (Nurse Ed: NURS 7018, 7019, 7020, 7021).

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.

Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Bulletin under Provisional Admission. Applicants must submit the following items to the College of Graduate Studies,

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

  • Nurse Education option (24 semester hours)

The breakdown of these course requirements is as follows:

NURS 6900Healthcare Issues and Trends3
NURS 6901Theoretical Foundations in Science and Research3
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 7018Nursing Curriculum Design3
NURS 7019Nursing Instructional Methods3
NURS 7020Evaluation in Nursing Education3
NURS 7021Nurse Educator Role3
NURS 7022Nurse Educator Role Practicum3
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum3
Total Semester Hours33

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 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.