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Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate


Indiana State University offers the Family Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate to registered nurses holding a master's degree who desire to continue their education and expand their skillset and certificate base as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Required Courses:

All courses are offered online. On-campus visits are not required. High-speed Internet access is required.

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Admission Requirements:

Applicants must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be admitted to the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Must be admitted to the Advanced Practice Nursing Department
  • Hold a master's degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or equivalent accreditation association
  • Hold a current registered nurse licensure or equivalent in the geographic location where the student does his/her preceptorship or clinical practicum
  • Hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate course work
  • Provide documentation of successful completion of a graduate advanced pathophysiology course with a minimum grade of 'B' and successful completion of a graduate-level pharmacology course within the past five years with a minimum grade of B. If older than five years, the student must retake this course. Some states require pharmacology within the past three years. It is the student's responsibility to check with their state to determine this time frame and repeat the course if necessary.
  • Provide three (3) letters of reference including at least one academic and one professional reference
  • Provide a personal statement of professional goals that describe the student's leadership and community service as a registered nurse
  • Demonstrate evidence of the equivalent of one year of full-time work experience as a registered nurse before entering a clinical or role course
  • Provide a current passport photo


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.

Application Instructions:

For application instructions and deadlines, visit Post-Master's 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.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information:

Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Indiana State University
Landsbaum Center, Room 222
1-888-293-4842, option 3
Fax: 812-237-8939

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.