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Family Nurse Practitioner - Nursing MS

        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.

Application deadlines

  • February 1
  • September 1
  • At this time, we are only accepting part-time students (8 credit hours or less per semester)


The Master of Science program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN)
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. Graduate Nursing Programs at Indiana State University are not available to residents of Arkansas, Louisiana, North Carolina, Massachusetts, New York or International students. Students located in U.S. Territories must purchase their own liability insurance policy.