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Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner M.S.
Indiana State University offers the master of science (M.S.) in nursing with a family nurse practitioner concentration for students who are interested in advancing their education or careers in the health and human services profession.
- The master of science is a 48-51 credit program that varies in length depending on the culminating experience course selected at the conclusion of the program.
- All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required.
- The program can be completed in 2-2½ years with full-time study. Students also have the option of part study; however students are required to complete the program in 3-5 years.
Graduates of this program are qualified specialists having the expertise to utilize a comprehensive approach to meet diversified and holistic health needs. Knowledge and skills attained through this program include an emphasis in the following areas:
- Health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and treatment
- Practitioner-patient relationship
- Teaching-coaching function
- Professional role
- Managing and negotiating health care delivery systems
- Monitoring and ensuring the quality of health care practice
- Cultural competence
In applying these skills, instructors encourage students to be innovative and evidence-based in their approach to nursing to support the delivery of high-quality and safe patient care.
As leaders in nursing education, research, and community engagement, ISU faculty have a collective vision to nurture innovation as we chart our path for the future. Our primary goal is to support our students in becoming an integral part of our learning community to address society's need for caring, knowledgeable, and scientifically well-prepared, nurse professionals. By building upon and expanding our students' knowledge and skills as professional registered nurses, the family nurse practitioner concentration prepares graduates to meet the ANCC and AANP certification competencies.
All courses are offered on-line. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.
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Applicants to the nursing programs are considered on a competitive basis. Criteria include intellectual capacity, performance, maturity, clarity of goals, and other qualities appropriate for graduate study. An individual or group interview may be requested or required.
Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing (or equivalent accreditation association) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Hold a current Indiana R.N. license or equivalent in the geographical location where the student will be doing his/her preceptorship or clinical practicum
- Submit three letters of reference, including at least one academic and one professional
- Submit a personal statement of professional goals that describes the student's leadership and community service as an R.N.
- Provide evidence of one year full-time work experience as a registered nurse before enrollment in either a role or clinical course
- Provide a copy of passport photo
- The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required
The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The Graduate Nursing Program (renamed the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing in 2008) at Indiana State University admitted its first students in 1986. It has maintained continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) since 1989.
For application instructions and deadlines, visit Family Nurse Practitioner.
Fees & Expenses:
Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including online education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a clinical/program fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.
Financial Aid & Assistance:
Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.
The Department of Advanced Practice Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.
Further Information:Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Indiana State University
Landsbaum Center, Room 222
1-888-293-4842, option 3
For more information, complete the Nursing Program's request for information form.
Indiana State Online Students Residing Outside of Indiana: Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering online degrees. While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all ISU online programs may not be available in all states. Currently, online programs are not offered in the states of Arkansas and Massachusetts. To check the status of programs available in a particular state, visit program availability.
The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.