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Nursing MSN at Kent State

Nursing - M.S.N.

Take your nursing career to the next level. With a focus on evidence-based practice, leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration, you'll be equipped to tackle the complex challenges of today's healthcare environment. Whether you're interested in a career as a nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, educator or administrator, the M.S.N. degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

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Kent State's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program prepares registered nurses for roles in advanced practice, education, and health care administration. Students in this program develop a foundation for further post-graduate and doctoral-level study in nursing.

We offer both full- and part-time curriculum plans, allowing you to continue working while you are in the program. Many courses are online, giving you the flexibility to do coursework around your busy schedule. In addition, some concentrations are 100% online and can be completed remotely by nurses living in any eligible state.

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Program Description

Full Description

The Master of Science in Nursing degree meets the educational eligibility requirements for national certification in the respective area of study. The degree program can be completed in four to five semesters (two full academic years) for full-time students. Part-time students typically take three to four years to complete the program. Completion of a thesis is optional.

The Nursing major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration allows students to attain advanced practice nursing competencies in providing evidence-based care to adults and older adults with complex acute and chronic illnesses. Clinical experiences occur in a variety of acute care settings, including general medical care, emergency care, critical care and specialty practice. Through clinical practicums, students provide direct patient care in collaboration with a team of health professionals to diagnose and treat patients across the continuum of health care services.
  • The Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration fosters acquisition of the needed competencies to care for patients spanning the entire adult to older-adult spectrum. Class and clinical experiences focus on providing advanced nursing care across the health continuum, from wellness to acute care. Students develop competencies across the three spheres of impact: patient/direct care, nurses/nursing practice and organizations/systems.
  • The Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration allows students to develop advanced practice nursing competencies in health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Clinical experiences involve direct care in collaboration with other health professionals to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. Clinical practicums include primary care offices, such as internal medicine and family practice clinics, managed care offices, emergency departments, free clinics and long-term care and occupational health settings.
  • The Family Nurse Practitioner concentration allows students to acquire advanced practice nursing competencies to provide continuity of health care to persons across the life span, as well as to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services through collaboration with other health professionals. Clinical experiences are offered in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics in primary care offices, including family practice, internal medicine, managed care offices, emergency departments, long-term care facilities and academic and occupational health settings.
  • The Nurse Educator concentration allows students to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in selected areas of nursing practice and the role of the nurse educator. Emphasis of the nurse educator role focuses on best practices in curriculum development, instruction and evaluation that prepare students for teaching within a variety of learning environments in academic and staff professional development settings. Students engage in individualized practicum experiences where they apply content learned throughout the graduate curriculum in both their area of nursing practice and the nurse educator role.
  • The Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership concentration integrates management, leadership and nursing knowledge for students to develop skills and competencies in administration, systems leadership and advanced nursing.
  • The Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration focuses on health promotion, illness prevention, risk identification and acute and chronic care of infants, children and adolescents in the primary care setting. Practicum experiences take place in outpatient primary care and specialty settings; the experiences offer the opportunity for students to provide individualized and culturally competent advanced practice nursing care to children within the context of their families.
  • The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration builds on core advanced practice nursing knowledge. The program focuses on knowledge and skill development in mental health assessment and diagnostic reasoning, prescribing and medication management and advanced therapeutic modalities such as individual, group and family psychotherapy.
  • The Women's Health Nurse Practitioner concentration prepares students to provide the highest level of primary nursing care for women involving health promotion and disease prevention. Students gain competency in advanced nursing management of common acute and chronic conditions. Students practice in direct care and in collaboration with other health care professionals. Practicum experiences foster development of clinical judgment and primary care skills through faculty mentorship and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

This program is designed to prepare students to sit for applicable licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure or certification and contact information for state licensing boards at Kent State's website for professional licensure disclosure.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

Applications to the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration are not being accepted at this time.

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA2 on a 4.000-point scale
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae (including activities such as national nursing certifications, professional organizations, clinical ladder, PI/QI projects, research, publications and military experience if applicable)
  • Essay (two pages double spaced, 500 words) describing professional preparation and rationale for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty along with professional goals and any experience as a nurse caring for the under-served, high risk or vulnerable populations
  • Three professional letters of reference from healthcare professionals; letters should be from a supervisor and/or an advanced practice nurse who can speak to the applicant's professional capabilities
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:3
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 DET score

Admission to the M.S.N. degree is competitive and never guaranteed. Priority will be given to candidates with:

  • Strong academic record
  • Strong references
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of interest
  • National certification in a specialty as a nurse
  • Membership in a professional nursing organization or military
  • Documented community service
  • Participation in an agency's Clinical Ladder, PI/QI Projects, research, publication or similar programs/projects
  • Experience as a nurse caring for underserved, high risk or vulnerable populations

An additional interview video may be required. Students selected for admission to the nursing program must meet the College of Nursing's Clinical Compliance Policy.

1

Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.

2

Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.

3

International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Priority deadline: March 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Priority deadline: November 1
  • Summer Term
    • Priority deadline: March 1

Applications submitted by these deadlines will receive the strongest consideration for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Meet standards for advanced practice certification or other advanced professional distinction.
  2. Demonstrate competencies based on professional standards to assume advanced roles in nursing, and for leadership and career advancement, including doctoral study.
  3. Communicate, integrate and apply advanced nursing knowledge and skills to provide equitable, evidence-based, inclusive nursing care and promote quality outcomes in nursing and health care.
Dual Degree

Dual Degree with Master of Business Administration

Student have the opportunity to complete a dual degree program with the M.B.A. degree in Business Administration and the M.S.N degree in Nursing. A separate application must be submitted for each program. Students can view admission requirements for each program on their respective catalog page.

The M.B.A./M.S.N. dual degree is for experienced nurses whose career goals include assuming middle or executive management positions in health services agencies or in health-related companies, or who are interested in starting their own businesses. It combines the strengths of advanced nursing preparation with the practical management knowledge needed to develop significant leadership capabilities.

Dual Degree Requirements

Major Requirements
ACCT 63037FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
ACCT 63038MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION MAKING 2
BA 64005ANALYTICS FOR DECISION MAKING 2
BA 64026SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 2
CIS 64042GLOBALIZATION AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY 2
or NURS 60010 ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS
ECON 52086ECONOMICS OF HEALTH CARE 2-3
or ECON 62022 MANAGERIAL ECONOMICS
ECON 62021MACROECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS 2
FIN 66050LAW AND ETHICS 2-3
or NURS 60020 LEGAL AND REGULATORY MANAGEMENT FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS
FIN 66060MANAGERIAL FINANCE 2
HRM 64271HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT 2
MGMT 64158LEADERSHIP 2
or NURS 60014 LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
MGMT 68051BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT I 10-1
MKTG 65051MARKETING MANAGEMENT 2
NURS 60024HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
NURS 64002PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS 3
Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship Electives6
Culminating Requirement
MGMT 64399BUSINESS STRATEGY 3
NURS 64202NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP I SEMINAR 2
NURS 64292NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 64302NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP II SEMINAR 2
NURS 64392NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP II PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:56-57
1

MGMT 68051 is required for students who have not worked a minimum of two years, full-time, since obtaining their bachelor's degree.

Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
NURS 60010ADVANCED NURSING INFORMATICS 3
NURS 60025HEALTH POLICY AND ADVANCED NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60101THEORETICAL BASIS FOR NURSING PRACTICE 3
NURS 60403METHODS OF INQUIRY 3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:23-35
Minimum Total Credit Hours:35-47

Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60126FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE AND PROCEDURES 2
NURS 60129ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I 3
NURS 60230ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III 4
NURS 60330ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV 2
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61092ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63392ADULT GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER IV PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:31

Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Concentration Requirements

Major Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60110ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST I 3
NURS 60210ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST II 3
NURS 60310ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST III 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST II PRACTICUM 2-3
NURS 63192ADULT GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST III PRACTICUM 2-3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:27

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60120ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I 3
NURS 60126FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE AND PROCEDURES 2
NURS 60220PRIMARY CARE II: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 3
NURS 60320ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE III 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61292ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61892FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE PRACTICUM 1
NURS 62292PRIMARY CARE II PRACTICUM: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 2
NURS 63692ADULT GERONTOLOGY COMPREHENSIVE PRIMARY CARE III PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30

Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60120ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I 3
NURS 60126FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE AND PROCEDURES 2
NURS 60160PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS 3
NURS 60220PRIMARY CARE II: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 3
NURS 60325PRIMARY CARE: FAMILY HEALTH AND CHRONIC ILLNESS 4
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 61292ADULT GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 61692PRIMARY CARE PEDIATRICS PRACTICUM 1-2
NURS 61892FAMILY AND ADULT GERONTOLOGY NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE PRACTICUM 1
NURS 62292PRIMARY CARE II PRACTICUM: CHRONICALLY ILL ADULTS 2
NURS 63292PRIMARY CARE: FAMILY HEALTH AND CHRONIC ILLNESS PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:35

Nurse Educator Concentration Requirements

Major Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60592NURSING EDUCATION PRACTICUM 3
NURS 60601CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION IN NURSING EDUCATION 3
NURS 60602ROLES AND EVALUATION FOR NURSING EDUCATION CURRICULA 3
NURS 60605NURSING EDUCATION WITH TECHNOLOGY 2
NURS 60607CLINICAL NURSING AND EDUCATION ISSUES IN A SPECIALTY AREA 1
NURS 67092CLINICAL NURSING AND EDUCATION ISSUES IN A SPECIALTY AREA PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:23

Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership Concentration Requirements

Major Requirements
NURS 60014LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT 3
NURS 60016ADVANCED ASSESSMENT, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE NURSE LEADER 3
NURS 60020LEGAL AND REGULATORY MANAGEMENT FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS 3
NURS 60024HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR 3
NURS 60315BUDGETARY AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT FOR NURSES 3
NURS 64002PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS 3
NURS 64202NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP I SEMINAR 2
NURS 64292NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 64302NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP II SEMINAR 2
NURS 64392NURSING ADMINISTRATION AND HEALTH SYSTEMS LEADERSHIP II PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:26

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60170PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 60270PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER I 3
NURS 60370PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER II 1
NURS 60372ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL CHILD 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60470PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER III 2
NURS 61792PEDIATRIC ASSESSMENT FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 1
NURS 63992ADVANCED NURSING CARE OF THE CHRONICALLY ILL CHILD PRACTICUM 2
NURS 64792PEDIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 1
Minimum Total Credit Hours:29

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60012ADVANCED MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT AND PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 4
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60051NEUROBIOLOGY AND PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY OF MAJOR PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS 4
NURS 60151INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOTHERAPY 3
NURS 60251FAMILY AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY 3
NURS 60353INDIVIDUAL, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 61592INDIVIDUAL THERAPY PRACTICUM 2
NURS 62592MEDICATION MANAGEMENT AND INDIVIDUAL THERAPY PRACTICUM 2
NURS 63592FAMILY AND GROUP THERAPY 2
NURS 64592PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICUM IV: NURSE PRACTITIONER ROLE 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:34

Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
NURS 60015ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT 3
NURS 60045PATHOPHYSIOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60441PHARMACOLOGY FOR THE ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSE 3
NURS 60506CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS FOR ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSES 3
NURS 66100WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER I 3
NURS 66192WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER I PRACTICUM 2
NURS 66200WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER II 2
NURS 66292WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER II PRACTICUM 2
NURS 66300WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER III 3
NURS 66392WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER III PRACTICUM 2
NURS 66400WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER IV 2
NURS 66492WOMEN'S HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER IV PRACTICUM 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:30

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000
  • Minimum 300-600 clinical hours, depending on concentration
  • Maximum six years of study. Under selected circumstances and upon the consent of the advisor, petitions for extensions of an additional one year to completion may be submitted to the concentration director.
  • No more than one-half of a graduate student’s coursework may be taken in 50000-level courses.
  • Grades below C are not counted toward completion of requirements for the degree.
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • Fully online (concentrations Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration and Health Systems Leadership, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner)
    • In person (concentrations Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner)
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Applications to the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration are not being accepted at this time.

Accreditation

The Master of Science in Nursing degree at Kent State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

100% Online Concentrations

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (100% Online)

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) program will prepare you for a unique, multi-faceted role in advanced nursing practice.

Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNSs) play an essential role in healthcare. Similar to their Nurse Practitioner (NP) colleagues, many CNSs provide specialized advanced nursing care. However, CNSs also work behind-the-scenes to ensure that patients in their units and across their organizations are receiving the highest quality care.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (100% Online)

Kent State's Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner master's concentration will prepare you to provide advanced psychiatric nursing care to individuals, families, and groups across the lifespan.

Today, many Americans do not have access to mental health services, in part due to a lack of qualified mental health professionals. Nurses who become Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNPs) help bridge this gap and provide holistic care to those who are struggling with mental illnesses and addictions.

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Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (100% Online)

Kent State’s Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NP) program will prepare you to provide the highest level of primary nursing care for women involving health promotion and disease prevention. 

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP) students gain competency in advanced nursing management of common acute and chronic conditions.

You will learn how to practice directly or in collaboration with other health professional to provide continuity of health care and to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services. You will also learn clinical judgment and primary care skills through faculty mentorship and clinical preceptors in a variety of ambulatory care settings and specialty clinics.

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Nurse Educator (100% Online)

Kent State's Nurse Educator program will prepare you to teach, mentor, and develop both nursing students and practicing nurses.

The Nurse Educator concentration allows students to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in selected areas of nursing practice and the role of the nurse educator. Emphasis of the nurse educator role focuses on best practices in curriculum development, instruction, and evaluation that will prepare students for teaching within a variety of learning environments in academic and staff professional development settings.

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Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership Program (100% Online)

Kent State's Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership concentration will prepare you for mid- to upper-level management, administrative, and leadership positions in a variety of healthcare settings.

The 100% online Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership MSN/Post-graduate Certificate concentration integrates management and nursing knowledge for students to develop skills and competencies in management, health care leadership, and advanced nursing. The 100% online Nursing Administration & Health Systems Leadership MSN/Post-graduate Certificate concentration integrates management and nursing knowledge for students to develop skills and competencies in management, health care leadership, and advanced nursing.

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Hybrid/Partially Online Concentrations

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentration will prepare you to provide advanced nursing care to adults with complex, acute and chronic illnesses.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP (AGACNP) students learn a wide variety of procedures and gain experience in moderate to high-acuity clinical settings where patient care requirements include complex monitoring and therapies.

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Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner master's degree concentration will prepare you to give broad, comprehensive care to adults across the lifespan.

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP (AGPCNP) students develop advanced practice nursing competencies in health promotion, risk detection, illness prevention, and management of acute and chronic illnesses in adults and older adults. Clinical experiences involve direct care in collaboration with other health professionals to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services.

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Family Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master's degree concentration will prepare you to provide comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for patients of all ages.

Family Nurse Practitioner students acquire advanced practice nursing competencies to provide continuity of health care to persons across the life span and to maximize the effectiveness of community and health care system services through collaboration with other health professionals.

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Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Kent State's Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner master's concentration will prepare you to provide comprehensive primary health care in an outpatient setting for newborns through late adolescence.

Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioners (referred to as PPCNPs, CPNP-PCs, or PNPs) are primary care providers who offer preventative health services, health education, and disease management to the pediatric population. They specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing illness for acutely ill and chronically ill children. They also provide thorough wellness exams for healthy pediatric patients.

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Applications to the Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner concentration are not being accepted at this time.

 

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Medical and health services managers

31.5%

much faster than the average

422,300

number of jobs

$104,280

potential earnings

Nurse practitioners

52.4%

much faster than the average

211,300

number of jobs

$111,680

potential earnings

Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

17.6%

much faster than the average

72,900

number of jobs

$75,470

potential earnings

Additional Careers
  • Clinical nurse specialists
Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.


Accolades & Accreditation

The Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Education and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing to award the Baccalaureate of Nursing Degree. Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the National Certification and Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). For specific state RN licensure, students should contact the states in which they are interested in working. See the National Council of State Boards website and the Kent State Professional Licensure website for specific information about each state.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Kent State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. Kent State University College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) concentrations within the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program and APRN Certificates, along with the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN-to-DNP) program qualify graduates to sit for national APRN certification and APRN licensure in Ohio.  States other than Ohio may have additional requirements to apply for or obtain an APRN license, including but not limited to specific state examinations, letters of recommendation, or proof of completion of an accredited nursing program. The College of Nursing is in the process of collecting information from all states and has not yet made a determination whether graduates from the Kent State University College of Nursing MSN, Certificate, and BSN-to-DNP programs meet the requirements for APRN licensure outside the state of Ohio.

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