Family Nurse Practitioner - MSN

Dr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown


Dr. Charlene Whitaker-Brown, DNP '13 MS '09

“The DNP has opened doors and the reason I decided to work in academia was because of the support, guidance, and recommendations I received from the faculty at Indiana State University. The rigorous course work helped prepare me for the challenges of 21st century healthcare. 

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A graduate of the Family Nurse Practitioner concentration utilizes a comprehensive approach to meet diversified and holistic health needs.

As leaders in nursing education, research, and community engagement, our faculty has a collective vision to nurture innovation as we chart our path for the future. Our primary goal is to support you 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 your knowledge and skills as a professional registered nurse, the family nurse practitioner concentration will prepare you to meet the ANCC and AANP certification competencies:

  • 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, we will encourage you to be innovative and evidence-based in your approach to nursing to support the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.

Distance Education Students Residing outside of Indiana:  
Each of the states has its own approval processes for out-of-state institutions offering distance education.  While Indiana State University endeavors to offer all of its programs to as wide an audience as possible, all Indiana State University distance education programs may not be available in all states. The MSN Program at Indiana State University is not available to residents of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, or Wyoming, US Territories, or International students. 

Map of states in which the MSN program is available.

Circumstances such as moving to an unapproved state or deployment of U.S. military or their family members outside the continental United States must be communicated to the School of Nursing and will impact progression and/or completion of the degree.

All students must carry their own malpractice insurance and provide Certificate of Insurance prior to beginning clinical courses.

Student Achievement Outcome Data for All Programs

Applications are accepted twice a year:

  • October 1 for Spring (January start)
  • March 1 for Fall (August start) *** Extended deadline June 1 ***

How to Apply
FNP Clinical Handbook
FNP Frequently Asked Questions
Graduate Nursing Student Handbook


The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) (See for more information.)

Academic Fees

Required Courses