Oct 03, 2023  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Family Nurse Practitioner - MSN

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Master of Science in Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner – MS1224

School of Nursing
Athens Campus (Main Office)
Grover Center E365
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
800-560-0144 (toll free)

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Program Overview 

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.

The Master of Science in Nursing (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.

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.

Clinical practicum experiences occur in primary care settings under supervision of qualified preceptors for a minimum of 500 direct care hours. Courses are taught in a primarily online format with opportunities for synchronous web-based interactions with faculty and peers as well as brief on-campus intensives that focus on skills and advanced practice. The program can be completed in five semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • 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.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and confidence for entry-level advanced nursing practice.
  • Integrate knowledge and skills related to healthcare informatics in the advanced nursing practice role.

Opportunities for Graduates

Family Nurse Practitioners are prepared to work collaboratively in diverse primary care settings such as: primary care offices, school-based health clinics, hospice/homecare medical practices, retail health clinics, and community health clinics.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/family-nurse-practitioner

Admission Requirements

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution with minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • 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.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in an approved state (https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process)
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty

Pre-Clinical Requirements

  • Specified health status/clinical requirements (i.e., immunization status, BLS certification) per the current Graduate Handbook
  • Federal and state background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance

International Students

This certificate program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete 37 credit hours as follows:

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