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Family Nurse Practitioner - Post Master's Certificate Online

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

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Program Overview

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.

$19,499* Total Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
37 Credit Hours
$19,499* Total Tuition
As few as 20 months Program Duration
37 Credit Hours
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IIn this unique 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, adult and older adult and family centered primary care with an emphasis on physical assessment, diagnosis and management of patient care needs.

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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Tuition

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.

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

*In-state tuition.

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Additional Fees

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

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: ysufinaid@ysu.edu

Calendar

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.

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Admissions

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.

Transcripts icon Official Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Degree icon MSN degree with 3.0 GPA
License icon Valid RN license in the state you will complete practicum hours
Clock icon 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a registered nurse
Transcripts icon Official Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Degree icon MSN degree with 3.0 GPA
License icon Valid RN license in the state you will complete practicum hours
Clock icon 1,000 clinical hours of practice as a registered nurse

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  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

Official Transcripts

Official Transcripts must come directly from the institution. These can be sent to electronically via email gradcollege@ysu.edu 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

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.

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NURS 6902: Advanced Pathophysiology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Normal physiologic functions and pathologic mechanisms are examined to prepare nurses for advanced practice roles.

NURS 6903: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Application of pharmacological concepts in the clinical setting with examination of major categories of pharmacological agents.

NURS 6904: Advanced Health Assessment

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Development of advanced clinical knowledge and skills needed for comprehensive health assessment across the life span. Emphasis on health history, physical, cultural, developmental and nutritional assessments with differential diagnosis of common health problems.

NURS 6907: Differential Diagnoses

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 life span. The client is assessed from a holistic advanced practice perspective with consideration of individual culture, social, family and community environments.

NURS 6908: Advanced Diagnostics & Technologies

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.

NURS 7003: Role Development in Advanced Practice

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.

NURS 7045: Family Nurse Practitioner 1

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 life span. 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.

NURS 7046: Family Nurse Practitioner 2

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 life span. 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) with emphasis on diagnosing and planning patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.

NURS 7047: Family Nurse Practitioner 3

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 life span. 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) with emphasis on diagnosing and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.

NURS 7048: Family Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum

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 life span.

NURS 7049: Family Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum

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 life span.

NURS 7050: Family Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum

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 life span.

NURS 7051: Family Nurse Practitioner 4 Practicum

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 life span.

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