The Department of Nursing, as part of the Dominic A. and Helen M. Bitonte College of Health and Human Services, maintains the highest standards and is proud of its record of preparing well-qualified professional nurses. The Department of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The BSN Program is approved by The Ohio Board of Nursing (OBN), 17 S. High Street, Suite 400, Columbus, Ohio 43125, phone: 614-466-3947. The BSN and MSN are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, phone: 404-975-5000. In addition, the Nurse Anesthetist option is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA).
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers entry-level and RN completion tracks. The entry-level BSN program leads to a four-year baccalaureate degree. This program prepares nurses to function as generalists with professional and technological competence in a variety of settings. Graduates of the BSN Program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN Licensure Examination. The RN to BSN Completion Track is available for students who are currently licensed as registered nurses and are returning to YSU to complete requirements for a baccalaureate degree. These students are admitted directly to the BSN program on an individual basis.
The Master of Science in Nursing Program consists of five options, with specialization in Adult-Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anesthesia, School Nursing, Nurse Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. The program prepares nurses to implement essential characteristics and core competencies for nursing practice in the selected areas. Graduates of the MSN program are eligible to sit for the advanced practice certification and advanced practice licensure.