Overview

MSN Program Director

Dr. Valerie O’Dell
3132 Cushwa Hall
(330) 941-2177
vmodell@ysu.edu

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. 

Admission Requirements

Complete online application and pay $45 non-refundable application fee.

  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.
  • 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.

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:

COURSE TITLE S.H.
Core Courses
NURS 6900Healthcare Issues and Trends3
NURS 6901Theoretical Foundations in Science and Research3
NURS 6902Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 6903Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6904Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 6917Differential Diagnosis3
NURS 6918Advanced Diagnostics and Technologies3
NURS 7003Role Development in Advanced Practice3
NURS 7005Capstone Practicum3
Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Option Courses
NURS 7045Family Nurse Practitioner 13
NURS 7046Family Nurse Practitioner 23
NURS 7047Family Nurse Practitioner 33
NURS 7048Family Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum3
NURS 7049Family Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum3
NURS 7050Family Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum3
NURS 7051Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum1
Total Semester Hours46

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