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Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Online

Learn to care for adults with complex and chronic conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

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Program Overview

Prepare to provide comprehensive and holistic care to a culturally diverse, acutely and chronically ill population with the knowledge and skills you will gain in the Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program from YSU.

$23,715* Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours
$23,715* Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
45 Credit Hours
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In this program, you will learn clinical manifestations of and patient response to particular patient care challenges (pulmonary, cardiovascular, etc.) with an emphasis on physical assessment findings for determining diagnoses and planning patient care needs as well as health promotion and maintenance.

The program includes a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 540 hours in an acute care setting. Our MSN core curriculum features an integrated capstone course, along with studies of pathophysiology, diagnostics and technologies, pharmacology and more.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Provide direct acute care to the adult and older adult population within the healthcare delivery system
  • Incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into the acute care advanced nursing practice role
  • Analyze social issues related to the healthcare delivery system and advanced practice nursing
  • Synthesize theory and research from nursing and related disciplines for advanced nursing practice roles
  • Expand the knowledge of advanced nursing practice by identifying nursing research problems and contributing to research investigations

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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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$23,715* 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.

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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 degree from Youngstown State University. Find out the admission requirements for the MSN Adult Gero Acute Care NP program, what additional materials you need and where you should send them.

Transcripts icon Official Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Degree icon BSN degree with 3.0 undergraduate GPA
License icon Valid RN license in the state you will complete practicum hours
Clock icon 1 year of critical care experience
Transcripts icon Official Transcripts from all institutions previously attended
Degree icon BSN degree with 3.0 undergraduate GPA
License icon Valid RN license in the state you will complete practicum hours
Clock icon 1 year of critical care experience

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  1. Complete graduate admissions application and pay $45 non-refundable application fee
  2. BSN 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
    • A minimum of 1 year of critical care experience is required (this can include emergency room, ICU or intermediate acute care experience) prior to registering for the first specialty course
    • If GPA is 2.7 – 2.99, A minimum of 2 years of critical care experience is required (this can include emergency room, ICU or intermediate acute care experience) 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
  • Current ACLS certification required prior to the start of clinicals

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 MSN Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner online program, you must complete 45 credit hours, comprised of 27 credit hours of core courses and 18 credit hours of specialty and practicum courses.

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NURS 6900: Healthcare Issues and Trends

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of healthcare issues, including changing roles and scope of practice with emphasis on healthcare policy, interdisciplinary collaboration and social, cultural, political, economic, legal, regulatory and ethical practice considerations.

NURS 6901: Theoretical Foundations in Science & Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of health-related evidence to continuously improve quality of practice. Exploration of the significance of theory, research and research methods and strategies for translating evidence into practice. Research design, instrumentation, data collection methods, statistical analysis, data analysis and data interpretation will be discussed.

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 7005: Capstone

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Culminating course of the MSN program. Synthesis of learned concepts and theories in the form of development of an individual scholarly project and the dissemination of findings under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Total of 60 project clock hours.

NURS 7037: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Knowledge, skills and professional behaviors required to provide comprehensive and holistic care to a culturally diverse, acutely and chronically ill population (young adult to frail elderly) is emphasized. Clinical manifestations of, and patient response to, particular patient care problems (e.g., pulmonary, cardiovascular) with emphasis on physical assessment findings for determining a differential diagnosis and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.

NURS 7038: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 1 Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 180 hours in an acute care setting. It is designed to provide the beginning Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with beginning experience in integrating the management of acutely ill adults with complex and chronic conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

NURS 7039: Adult Gerontology Acute Care 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, acutely and chronically ill adult population (young adult to frail elderly) is emphasized. Clinical manifestations of, and patient response to, particular patient care problems (e.g., integumentary, infectious disease) with emphasis on physical assessment findings for determining differential diagnosis and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.

NURS 7040: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 2 Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a supervised clinical practicum consisting of 180 hours in an acute care setting. It is designed to provide the intermediate Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with beginning experience in integrating the management of acutely ill adults with complex and chronic conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

NURS 7041: Adult Gerontology Acute Care 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, acutely and chronically ill adult population (young adult to frail elderly) is emphasized. Clinical manifestations of, and patient response to, particular patient care problems (e.g., renal, gastrointestinal, multisystem, trauma) with emphasis on physical assessment findings for determining differential diagnosis and planning of patient care needs, health promotion and health maintenance.

NURS 7042: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner 3 Practicum

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is the final supervised clinical practicum consisting of 180 hours in an acute care setting. It is designed to provide the advanced Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner student with comprehensive experiences in integrating the management of acutely ill adults with complex and chronic conditions in high acuity and specialty areas.

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