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Learn ways to improve health care as you further address the unique challenges of advanced nursing practice in the care of families.

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Examine the role of the family nurse practitioner and its impact on the provision of health care.

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Learn through online coursework and complete the clinicals in sites near you.

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Follow a comprehensive curriculum from a leader in distance education.

Why choose the Ohio University’s online MSN?

We’ve designed our 100% online MSN program 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.

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.

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 accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Best Colleges U.S. News National Universities

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.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accredited

The MSN program at Ohio University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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

(in thousands)

Projected Increase

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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 6610Curriculum Development in Nursing3 Credits
NRSE 6630Academic Nursing3 Credits
NRSE 6620Teaching Strategies in Nursing3 Credits
NRSE 6934Capstone Experience for Nurse Educators3 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 6820Advanced Maternal and Child Care3 Credits
NRSE 6821Primary Care of Adults and Older Adults3 Credits
NRSE 6822Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care Practice3 Credits
NRSE 6933Capstone Experience for Nurse Practitioners3 Credits

Core Courses

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 6010Theoretical Basis of Practice3 Credits
NRSE 6021Assessment and Intervention for Families3 Credits
NRSE 6230Advanced Pharmacology3 Credits