Family Nurse Practitioner - Post Master's Certificate online

Broaden your advanced practice ability to provide direct primary care to individuals and families.

Apply by 12/27/21
Start Class 1/10/22

Program Overview

The YSU online FNP – Post Master’s Certificate experience.

$19,499* In-State Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
37 Credit Hours
$19,499* In-State Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
37 Credit Hours

Designed specifically for nurses who hold MSN degrees, the Family Nurse Practitioner - Post Master's Certificate online program from YSU enhances your professional development by providing valuable education and training to prepare you for a family nurse practitioner role.

In this accredited online FNP certificate 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, as well as 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 post-master's core curriculum features in-depth studies of pathophysiology, diagnostics and technologies, pharmacology and more.

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Nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council

This online FNP - Post Master’s Certificate program prepares you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private offices/private practices
  • Hospice centers
  • Nurse-managed health centers
  • School clinics
  • Home healthcare
  • Community health centers
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Private offices/private practices
  • Hospice centers
  • Nurse-managed health centers
  • School clinics
  • Home healthcare
  • Community health centers

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Tuition

Pay for your online nursing program by the course.

YSU is committed to providing an outstanding education that is also affordable. Tuition is structured to give our in-state and out-of-state students the best value and flexibility.

Tuition breakdown:

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$527* Per Credit Hour
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$19,499* Total Tuition

*In-state tuition.

Program Per Credit Hour Per Course Per Program
In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State In-State Out-of-State
FNP - Post Master's Certificate $527 $532 $1,581 $1,596 $19,499 $19,684

Additional Fees

Application: $45 (waived if you are an active/veteran military member)

Technology: $12 per course

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The first step in applying for financial aid is to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). YSU's Federal School Code is 003145.

Contact Us

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships

One University Plaza
Meshel Hall, 203
Youngstown, OH 44555

Phone: 330-941-3505
Fax: 330.941.1659
Email: [email protected]

Calendar

Important dates you need to know.

At YSU, we offer multiple start dates throughout the year so you never have to wait long to get started on your online degree program. The chart below shows upcoming start dates, along with important deadlines, such as when your application should be submitted and when payments are due.

Next Start & Application Due Dates:

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12/27/21 Next Application Deadline
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1/10/22 Start Classes
First StartsProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall 18/30/218/16/218/23/218/25/218/27/2110/16/21
Fall 210/25/2110/11/2110/18/2110/20/2110/22/2112/11/21
Spring 11/10/2212/27/211/3/221/5/221/7/222/26/22
Spring 23/14/222/28/223/7/223/9/223/11/224/30/22
Summer 15/16/225/2/225/9/225/11/225/13/227/3/22
Summer 27/5/226/20/226/27/226/29/227/1/228/20/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from YSU?

Admissions

Read the Details of our FNP Program Admissions Criteria

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online certificate from Youngstown State University. Find out the program requirements, what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

Degree IconUndergraduate Degree from an accredited university
Resume IconProfessional resume
Resume IconOfficial Transcriptsfrom all institutions previously attended
Degree IconMSN degreewith 3.0 GPA
Teaching License IconValid RN licensein the state you will complete practicum hours
Clock Icon1,000 clinical hoursof practice as a registered nurse
  1. Complete graduate admissions application and pay $45 non-refundable application fee
  2. MSN degree from an accredited program
  3. Regular admission requires a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and verification of work experience
    • 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course
    • If GPA is 2.7 – 2.99, 2,000 clinical hours of practice as a Registered Nurse prior to registering for the first specialty course
  4. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  5. 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 clinical hours and experience.

  • 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.

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts must come directly from the institution. These can be sent to electronically via email [email protected] or mailed to the following address:

Youngstown State University
College of Graduate Studies
Coffelt Hall
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555

Transcripts issued directly to a student by an institution can only be accepted if they are in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

Courses

The degree plan for the online Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program.

To complete the FNP - Post Master's Certificate online program, you must complete 37 credit hours, comprised of 18 credit hours of core courses and 19 credit hours of specialty and practicum courses.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Normal physiologic functions and pathologic mechanisms are examined to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of pharmacological concepts in the clinical setting with examination of major categories of pharmacological agents.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Development of advanced clinical knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan. Emphasis on health history, physical, cultural, developmental and nutritional assessments with differential diagnosis of common health problems.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Developing diagnostic reasoning skills through comprehensive analysis of present and past histories, physical findings, and diagnostic studies that contribute to differential diagnoses of major health problems across the lifespan. The client is assessed from a holistic advanced practice perspective with consideration of individual culture, social, family, and community environments.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Theory and technical skills essential to the advanced practice environment. Focuses on select technologies, informatics, telehealth, common procedures, and diagnostic tests encountered by advanced practice nurses in the clinical/practice setting.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The examination of concepts, theories, and research related to the advanced practice role. Explores the history and overview of the role of the advanced practice nurse as provider, consultant, educator, researcher, and leader in practice. Examines select legal, practice, and ethical issues in advanced practice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Knowledge, skills and professional behaviors required to provide comprehensive and holistic primary care to a culturally diverse population across the lifespan. Emphasis is on health promotion, health maintenance, and management of common health problems pertaining to children, adolescents, gynecological, reproductive and family centered primary care with an emphasis on physical assessment findings for determining and planning of patient care needs.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Knowledge, advanced skills and professional behaviors required to provide comprehensive and holistic care to a culturally diverse population across the lifespan. Emphasis is on health promotion, illness prevention, disease detection, and identification and management of health problems. Focus is on clinical manifestations of and patient response to particular acute and chronic health problems (e.g. cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, etc.) with emphasis on diagnosing and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Knowledge, advanced skills and professional behaviors) required to provide comprehensive and holistic care to a culturally diverse population across the lifespan. Emphasis is on health promotion, illness prevention, disease detection, and identification and management of health problems. Focus is on clinical manifestations of and patient response to particular acute and chronic health problems (e.g. renal, gastrointestinal, integumentary, etc.) with emphasis on diagnosing and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the first in a series of supervised clinical practicums consisting of 180 hours in a variety of primary care settings. It is designed to provide the beginning Family Nurse Practitioner student with experience in assessment and documentation of histories, physical examinations, interpretation of diagnostic laboratory results, and treatment of acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 180 hours in a variety of primary care settings. It is designed to provide the intermediate Family Nurse Practitioner student with beginning experiences in health promotion and the identification and management of acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 180 hours in a variety of primary care settings. It is designed to provide the intermediate Family Nurse Practitioner student with comprehensive experiences in health promotion and the identification and management of acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
This is the final supervised clinical practicum consisting of 60 hours in a variety of primary care settings. It is designed to provide the advanced Family Nurse Practitioner student with comprehensive experiences in the integration of health promotion and management of acute and chronic health problems in individuals across the lifespan.

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