What is the online Master of Science in Nursing?
This 100% online MSN program is designed to meet the needs of practicing RNs like you: hard-working professionals with the drive to advance their expertise. Our robust core curriculum integrates advanced nursing theory with evidence-based nursing practice, allowing you to immediately apply new skills in the field. You can also complete all of the program’s clinical requirements at an approved facility close to where you live or work.
Learn ways to improve health care as you further address the unique challenges of advanced nursing practice in the care of families.
Examine the role of the family nurse practitioner and its impact on the provision of health care.
Learn through online coursework and complete the clinicals in sites near you.
Follow a comprehensive curriculum from a leader in distance education.
Why choose the Ohio University’s online MSN?
As a student in the online Family Nurse Practitioner program, you’ll benefit from three on-campus intensives. The first is an orientation, which is held at the beginning of the program; the second is a clinical on-campus intensive associated with advanced physical assessment skills; and the third is a clinical on-campus intensive associated with integrated assessment, clinical management, and certification preparation.
Nurse Educator students will experience two on-campus intensives. An orientation, at the beginning of the program and a clinical on-campus intensive associated with the integration of the Nurse Educator role and certification preparation.
Students in the Adult-Gerontologic Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program experience four on-campus intensives. The on-campus intensives begin with an orientation, then progress to a pre-clinical, mid-clinical and a final clinical experience. The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) track option prepares students to be eligible for certification as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students benefit from three on-campus intensives that will help you build on your previous advanced practice nursing knowledge. The first on-campus intensive will set you up for success at the beginning of the program. The second is a focus on health appraisal for NPs, and the final culminates in a capstone experience.
Enroll in our online MSN program, where you can build the expertise – and the professional network – essential for lasting success in a high-growth field.
Rankings and Accreditation
Ohio University ranks 1st in Ohio for nationally competitive awards won by its students.
Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Ohio University is ranked among the nation’s top research universities in the 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report.
The MSN program in nursing at Ohio University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Industry Growth and Career Opportunities
Employment for nurse practitioners is expected to grow 31 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Growth is expected because of an increase in demand for health care services. Several factors, including health care legislation, a larger population of insured patients, an increased emphasis on preventive care, and the large, aging baby boomer population will contribute to this demand.
Health care practitioners’ employment by educational requirement
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses
The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares students to serve and address the unique challenges of patient care for the adult population.
The AGACNP specialty will give you the opportunity to:
- Understand how to provide patient care for the adult population
- Study family assessment, intervention and the management of common adult health problems
- Develop advanced clinical diagnostic and decision-making skills to improve the quality of health care for adults and those in under-served populations
- Further examine the role of acute-care nurse practitioners and their impact on progressing health services.
|NRSE 6823||AGACNP Management of Common Adult Health Problems I||7 Credits|
The first of three practicum focuseson the analysis and application of clinical modalities, diagnostic models, and interventional pedagogy through an exploration of evidence-based strategies within the acute-care framework with an emphasis on under-served populations. This course requires the completion of 200 Clinical Hours in an acute-care setting.
|NRSE 6231||Applied Clinical Pharmacology for the AGACNP||2 Credits|
The focus of this course is on clinical application to pharmacologic agents used in treatment of common acute care diseases, disorders, and conditions in adults and older adults. Indications, mechanisms of action, drug interactions, side effects, client education, and provider implications are emphasized.
|NRSE 6824||AGACNP Management of Common Adult Health Problems II||7 Credits|
The second of three practicum courses focuses on the analysis and application of clinical modalities, diagnostic models, and interventional pedagogy through an exploration of evidence-based strategies within the acute-care framework with an emphasis on under-served populations. This course requires the completion of 200 Clinical Hours in a clinical setting.
|NRSE 6232||Advanced Diagnostic and Procedures for Clinical Decision Making||2 Credits|
The focus of this course is on theoretical knowledge foundation and psychomotor skill development necessary to provide selected common diagnostic and procedure modalities for adults and older adults in acute care settings.
|NRSE 6825||AGACNP In Practice||8 Credits|
The third of three practicum courses focuses on the analysis and application of clinical modalities, diagnostic models, and interventional pedagogy through an exploration of evidence-based strategies within the acute-care framework with an emphasis on under-served populations. This course requires the completion of 250 Clinical Hours in an acute-care setting.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration aims to provide RNs with the knowledge and skills for providing care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions.
The PMHNP specialty will give you the opportunity to:
- Gain specialized knowledge and skill for providing care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions
- Understand how to provide mental health patient care for individuals, groups, and families
- Develop skills for mental health assessment, psychotherapeutic treatment, and psychopharmacology
- Prepare to work with vulnerable populations and promote mental health throughout the different stages of life
|NRSE 6411||Neurobiological and Theoretical Bases for Psychiatric Mental Health in Advanced Nursing Practice||3 Credits|
This course examines the neurobiological and theoretical bases as they apply to advanced nursing practice in psychiatric mental health throughout the life span. This course builds on the fundamental knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and psychology. The material presented in this course reflects the current knowledge of neurobiology and the theoretical bases for the clinical manifestations of psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan.
|NRSE 6412||Psychotherapeutic Treatment Modalities for Advanced Nursing Practice||3 Credits|
This course presents the nonpharmacological treatment modalities for psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. A variety of conceptual models and treatment modalities are introduced to the student. Evidence based therapy models for groups, families and individuals are emphasized.
|NRSE 6413||Assessment & Management of Mental Health Disorders for Advanced Nursing Practice I||3 Credits|
This is the first of two courses encompassing advanced health assessment techniques for diagnosis and management of mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. Included is development of differential diagnosis, planning, and evaluation of care using psychotherapeutic modalities, psychopharmacology, and community resources. Addresses the influence of family dynamics as well as societal influences on mental health and recovery. The concepts of both acute and chronic treatment as they apply to disorders of mood, neurodevelopment, sleep, anxiety, and other select disorders are discussed.
|NRSE 6823||PHM Practicum for APN I||2 Credits|
This is the first of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner student. The focus is on the application of the various psychotherapeutic modalities employed by advanced nursing practice throughout the lifespan. Covers cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, group, and individual therapy methods. Includes experience in relationship building with patients, and working with other professionals.
|NRSE 6414||Assessment and Management of Mental Health Disorders for Advanced Nursing Practice II||3 Credits|
This is the second of two courses encompassing advanced assessment techniques for the diagnosis and management of psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. Included is the development of differential diagnoses, planning, and evaluation of care using psychotherapeutic modalities, psychopharmacology, and community resources. Addresses the influences of family dynamics as well as societal influences on mental health and recovery. The concepts of both acute and chronic treatments for personality disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, medical issues with mental health, and other select disorders as they apply to advanced practice nursing are discussed.
|NRSE 6824||PHM Practicum for APN II||3 Credits|
This is the second of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. The focus is on the assessment, diagnosis and evidence based therapeutic interventions for mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. This course includes planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions with individuals, groups, and families throughout the lifespan. Students gain experience in the application of psychotherapeutic modalities and psychopharmacological treatments in both inpatient and community settings.
|NRSE 6825||PHM Practicum for APN III||3 Credits|
This is the third of three practicum courses for the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner student. The focus continues to be on the assessment, diagnosis and evidence based therapeutic interventions for psychiatric mental health disorders throughout the lifespan. The student continues to plan, implement, evaluate, and revise interventions with individuals, groups, and families throughout the lifespan with emphasis on clinical competencies for the entry level psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
|NRSE 6933||Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners||3 Credits|
Nurse Educator Concentration Courses
The Nurse Educator concentration focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques, as well as role development of the nurse educator.
The NE specialty will give you the opportunity to:
- Acquire advanced knowledge of nursing theory and practice
- Understand the design, delivery, assessment and evaluation of nurse education programs in a variety of settings
- Focus on evidence-based methods to solve real healthcare challenges through nursing education
- Position yourself to sit for the NLN CNE exam upon graduation
|NRSE 6610||Curriculum Development in Nursing||3 Credits|
Focuses on theory and strategies of curriculum design. Emphasizes application of principles to design of pre-licensure nursing curriculum.
|NRSE 6630||Academic Nursing||3 Credits|
Focuses on enhancing understanding of the academic faculty role with an emphasis on program evaluation responsibilities.
|NRSE 6620||Teaching Strategies in Nursing||3 Credits|
Focuses on philosophical and practical issues for delivering educational content in service, clinical, or classroom settings. Emphasizes knowledge and skills to prepare educators for nursing schools, professional continuing education programs, staff development and design of patient education materials.
|NRSE 6934||Capstone Experience for Nurse Educators||3 Credits|
Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Courses
The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty aims to prepare RNs to serve diverse communities with unique needs. It particularly addresses the challenges of patient care for the family unit.
The FNP specialty will give you the opportunity to:
- Study family assessment, intervention, and education
- Focus on nursing care for children and adults across their lifespan
- Position yourself to improve the quality of health care in underserved communities and for patients with health disparities
- Further examine the role of the family nurse practitioner and its impact on increasingly complex public health services
|NRSE 6820||Advanced Maternal and Child Care||3 Credits|
This course provides the nurse practitioner student with the knowledge base and clinical experiences in advanced nursing assessment, diagnosis, intervention and evaluation related to the physiological and psycho-social health, development and well-being of children, adolescents and reproductive age women.
|NRSE 6821||Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults||3 Credits|
Highlights primary and secondary intervention strategies with well-adults and their families, including prevention, screening and diagnosis of chronic illness, and management of primary care problems in adults. Initially the student is expected to include simple differential diagnosis in clinical reasoning under close preceptor guidance, and to demonstrate increasing independence, comprehensiveness, and proficiency. By the end of this semester, the student should demonstrate beginning competence with the management of minor acute illness and prevention of chronic illnesses. The student should demonstrate good understanding of how the FNP collaborates with the physician in the diagnosis and management of chronic illness in adults. 250 clinical hours are required.
|NRSE 6822||Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Practice||3 Credits|
Is the final FNP clinical course. By the end of this clinical practicum the student is expected to demonstrate clinical proficiency in caring for the family and individuals of all ages, with emphasis on diagnostic reasoning, at the level of novice FNP. The student should demonstrate mastery of the advanced practice role in regard to professional behavior, ethics, and inter-professional collaboration. 250 clinical hours are required. All skills must be graded at a minimum of “competent” on the final evaluation for N6822 for the student to graduate.
|NRSE 6933||Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners||3 Credits|
The Ohio University online master’s in nursing program features a robust core curriculum that integrates advanced nursing theory and evidence-based nursing practice through case-driven studies. Coursework is completed 100% online, plus clinical requirements.
|NRSE 6010||Theoretical Basis of Practice||3 Credits|
Examines social, political, and historical factors that impact the delivery of health care and the development of the nursing discipline. Emphasizes the review and application of selected concepts, models, and selected theories relevant to the health care system and nursing.
|NRSE 6021||Assessment and Intervention for Families||3 Credits|
This course focuses on analysis of theories relevant to the development and functioning of the family. The course includes identification of health care needs across the life span of family members. Emphasis will be placed on assessment, intervention, and evaluation of family-centered care through exploration of evidence-based strategies to enhance, maintain, and restore family health.
|NRSE 6230||Advanced Pharmacology||3 Credits|
This course focuses on pharmacotherapeutics across the life span with emphasis on clinical decision making by advanced practice nurses. Laws governing prescriptive authority and privileges of advanced practice nurses are addressed.