Graduate Program Director
Dr. Valerie O’Dell
3132 Cushwa Hall
Emphasizing the delivery of primary care to families and individuals of all ages within the healthcare delivery system, the Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner online program from YSU centers on professional nursing issues, nursing science, and research methods for building a successful, evidence-based practice.
In this online MSN FNP program, you will gain the knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors required to provide comprehensive and holistic primary care to a culturally diverse population. You will study health promotion, health maintenance, and management of common health problems pertaining to children, adolescents, women, adults and older adults, and family centered primary care with an emphasis on physical assessment, diagnosis, and management of patient care.
The program includes a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 600 hours in a variety of primary care settings. Our MSN core curriculum features an integrated capstone course, along with studies of pathophysiology, diagnostics and technologies, pharmacology and more.
The program is delivered in a fully online format.
Youngstown State University online nursing program must meet the standards of the state(s) in which we possess authority to provide education and may only admit students from states in which we have approval. Online nursing program students must complete the program in the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, or Florida.
Graduates of this program will be qualified and eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center and/or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners FNP certification examinations. Following national certification, graduates are qualified to be recognized as a Family Nurse Practitioner and granted prescriptive authority through the State Board of Nursing.
Complete online application and pay $45 non-refundable application fee.
Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended
BSN degree with 3.0 undergraduate GPA
Valid, current unencumbered RN license in the state you will complete practicum hours
Minimum 1 year of recent practice as a registered nurse by admission start date
Complete graduate admissions application and pay $45 non-refundable application fee
- BSN degree from an accredited program
- Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and verification of work experience
- Minimum 1 year of *recent practice as a registered nurse by admission start date
- Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
- 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
Clinical Hours and Experience
Applicants will complete a Supplemental Employment Verification form as part of the application process. This is used to verify *recent clinical hours and experience.
*Recent clinical experience is defined as clinical RN work experience within 3 years of first practicum course.
- Current BLS certification, immunizations, drug screen and criminal background checks are maintained while in the program annually
The YSU online nursing programs must meet the standards of the state(s) in which authority is approved to provide education and may only admit students from those states. Online nursing students must complete the program in the state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan, or Florida.
The areas of coursework in the M.S.N. program include core courses, and one of the following options:
- Family Nurse Practitioner option (27 semester hours)
|Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum (Increase in credit hours to 3 ch)
of these course requirements is as follows:
|Healthcare Issues and Trends
|Theoretical Foundations in Science and Research
|Advanced Health Assessment
|Advanced Diagnostics and Technologies
|Role Development in Advanced Practice
|Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option Courses
|Family Nurse Practitioner 1
|Family Nurse Practitioner 2
|Family Nurse Practitioner 3
|Family Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum
|Family Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum
|Family Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum
|Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum
|Total Semester Hours
Centofanti School of Nursing MSN/Post-Master’s Grade Requirements
Satisfactory academic progress at the graduate level is maintained by satisfying the following criteria:
- A degree-seeking graduate student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). *Any required course grade of D or F must be repeated and passed with a grade of C or better.
- A degree-seeking graduate student must successfully meet the requirements, including the time requirement, of all comprehensive examinations of the degree program.
- A degree-seeking graduate student must complete with a passing grade any thesis requirements (or the equivalent) of the degree program.
- A non-degree graduate student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- *Grades of D and F carry no graduate credit but will be used to determine the student’s grade point average. A student has the privilege of repeating a course once, but the repetition is treated merely as another course, along with the first, in calculating the student’s grade point average.
- *Any required course grade of D or F must be repeated and passed with a grade of C or better. Students may not advance in the program until they have taken the failed course, passed with a grade of C or better and maintain a GPA of 3.0.
For degree programs requiring up to 39 semester hours for completion, a student may count no more than six semester hours of coursework with a grade of C toward the minimum graduation hour requirements. For students in programs requiring 40 semester hours or more for completion, no more than nine semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may count toward the minimum graduation hour requirement.
*Grade Policy – Graduate Nursing Option-specific courses
In the seven (7) FNP courses (NURS 7045, NURS 7046, NURS 7047, NURS 7048, NURS 7049, NURS 7050, NURS 7051), the student MUST earn a grade of B or A. If a student earns a C or lower grade in any of these courses, the course MUST be repeated. The student can only repeat the course once. If a grade of B or A is not earned on the second attempt, the student will not be permitted to progress in the Graduate Nursing program.
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