Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (M.S.N.)
Indiana State University offers the online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) 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 online master's degree in nursing is a 47-50 credit program that varies in length depending on the culminating experience course selected at the conclusion of the program.
- All courses are offered online.
- Clinical placements will be arranged by the student in the state(s) they are licensed.
- On-campus visits are not required.
- The program can be completed in 2½-3 years with part-time 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. Information on specific state requirements for nurse practitioner license may be found on the NursingLicensure.org website.
The online master's degree in nursing is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to all students (including U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members) residing in a country other than the United States.
Fees and Expenses:
Nursing students pay the same University fees as other online 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.
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.
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.
The School of Nursing offers a limited number of scholarships.
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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.