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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Family Nurse Practitioner - MSN

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Degree Title: Master of Science in Nursing

Program Name and Number: Family Nurse Practitioner - MS1214, MS1224

Department/Unit: School of Nursing

Delivery Mode: Online (MS1224), Hybrid (MS1214)

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring | Summer]

Program Mission: The Ohio University School of Nursing promotes excellence in the profession of nursing through education, scholarship, and service. The School provides quality educational experiences, utilizes clinical partnerships and facilitates regional collaboration that will enhance the health of diverse communities.

 Program Learning Objectives:

  • Synthesize knowledge derived from a scientific foundation and evidence-based practice to demonstrate expertise in advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze health care policies to enhance and improve population health outcomes across diverse clinical practice settings.
  • Demonstrate leadership and interprofessional collaboration for improving clinical prevention and health outcomes.
  • Synthesize and apply quality improvement strategies to promote positive health outcomes.  
  • Develop knowledge, skills, and confidence for entry-level advanced nursing practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics in the advanced nursing practice role.

Program Overview: The MSN Program consists of both didactic and practice-based or clinical performance courses. The didactic courses present the nursing knowledge, theoretical concepts, models, and research that inform patient care and evidence-based practice. The practice-based courses provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge; practice skills; plan, implement and evaluate interventions and programs; and learn the full scope of the role for which they are preparing. There is a core set of courses that all students (regardless of the chosen MSN track option) complete. These seven courses will be completed before a student begins the clinical performance courses. The core courses are: NRSE 6010, NRSE 6210, NRSE 6021, NRSE 6805, NRSE 6221, and NRSE 6230.

The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) track option prepares students to be eligible for certification as a FNP. FNP’s provide primary care services to patients across the lifespan.

The courses specific to the FNP track option are:  NRSE 6820, NRSE 6821, NRSE 6822, and NRSE 6933

Clinical practicum experiences occur in primary care settings with qualified preceptors and total 650 direct care hours.

Link to Program: https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/masters-nursing/

Link to Program Handbook:


Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum semester hours required= 41
  • Thesis requirement: No
  • Qualifying exam: Yes
  • Comprehensive exam: Yes
  • Expected time to degree completion for a full time student= 6 semesters

Culminating Experience: The culminating experience for the major includes:

  • Capstone Simulation
  • Portfolio Evaluation

Admission Requirements: In addition to the standard Graduate College admission requirements, potential MSN students must also supply/document the following:

  • Specified health status requirements (immunization status, Tb screening, etc. as delineated in the current MSN Student Handbook)
  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from regionally accredited institution.
  • FBI/BCI background checks free from disqualifying offenses under Senate Bills 38 and 160 (A list of these offenses may be found in the current MSN Student Handbook).
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.20 for unconditional admission
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Evidence of the equivalent of two years full-time experience working as an RN within the past five years.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in one of the following states: California, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
  • An admission interview with faculty, held online through communications programs like Adobe Connect.

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