• Graduate Nursing

  • Public Notice of Upcoming Accreditation Review by the ACEN

    Franciscan University of Steubenville wishes to announce that it will host a site review for continuing accreditation of its Master in Science in Nursing/Post-Master’s Certificate program by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Learn more, p;us share your comments with the site visit team.


    Caring for the Body, Mind, and Soul, One Person at a Time.

    The MSN Program, accredited by the NLNAC, is designed to facilitate the education of men and women as generalists and advanced practice nurses in the professional practice of nursing. To this end, the faculty and students are supportive of Catholic and Christian values and the dignity of the human person from conception to a natural death. To advance this mission, the Department is centered on nursing as a healing ministry, which is focused on the health of a person in his/her environment. The nursing department is further dedicated to the promotion of learning, academic excellence in teaching, and is supportive of professional nursing standards and the process of evidence based nursing practice. The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing program is to facilitate the education preparation of registered nurses into the roles of advanced practice nurses.

    The Master of Science in Nursing program is designed as a six semester program that includes fall, spring and summer terms. The student may enter the program at the beginning of any semester, however the length of the time to complete the program may be determined by the point of entry into the system. The courses run sequentially with only certain courses offered each semester. The full load for the graduate student is nine credits. It is not recommended that a student take more than the proposed course work during any term. Part time study is available, the student should seek advice from an academic advisor concerning appropriate part time scheduling.

    A post master certificate program is available for those students who have previously earned a master degree in nursing.

    The Master of Science in Nursing program offers two areas of specialization from which a students may choose:

    1. Family Nurse Practitioner – 48 credit hours – will prepare the graduate for certification through a national credentialing center and to apply to the state board of nursing for authority to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
    2. Education Specialist- 46 credit hours – Will equip the graduate to practice as and advanced practice nurse educator and sit for the national credentialing examination as an education specialist.

    Both specialization tracks provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for the advanced practice nurse. The curriculum consists of three components:

    • The Graduate nursing core curriculum - 22 credits
    • The Advanced practice nursing core curriculum- 9 credits
    • The Specialization core curriculum- 15 to 17 credits


    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution
    • A GPA of 3.0 or above in previous college work
    • Evidence of undergraduate course work covering basic concepts of nursing research, ethics, nursing informatics or computer literacy and theoretical aspects of nursing.
    • Evidence of an active, unencumbered Registered Nurse license in the state of Ohio and a Registered Nurse license in each state in which clinical practice occurs during the program.

    Application process:

    For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing from Franciscan University, read through the pages linked to the right and feel free to contact the professors directly.

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