GRADUATE DEGREES OFFERED:
Master of Science in Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Department of Advanced Practice Nursing
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/apn
Department Chairperson: Dr. Erik Southard
The Department of Advanced Practice Nursing 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. The master’s program prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice in three concentrations. A graduate of the family nurse practitioner concentration utilizes a comprehensive approach to meet the diversified and holistic health needs of individuals, families, groups, and communities. The graduate of the nursing education concentration is prepared to design, provide, and evaluate educational offerings as nurse faculty for university nursing programs, healthcare settings, community groups, and secondary education health career courses. A nursing administration concentration graduate is prepared and develops a cadre of nurse administrator and executive skills to assume first-line and middle management, and leadership roles in diverse health care organizational settings.
All courses and practica are offered via web-based distance learning. Students must complete an evidence-based practice project (three credits), culminating project or a master’s thesis (six credits).
A post-master’s certificate is offered in two of the master’s concentrations. The family nurse practitioner certificate is available for master’s prepared nurses with either a prior master of arts or master of science degree with a focus in nursing, or nurse practitioner specialization in another area, who wish to obtain family nurse practitioner education. Courses are designed with variable clinical hours, on an individual basis, depending upon previous nursing education and specialization. The nursing education certificate is available for master’s prepared nurses to obtain specialization as a nurse educator.
Graduates who complete the master of science in nursing or post-master’s certificate in the family nurse practitioner concentration are eligible to apply for national certification testing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Those who complete the master of science in nursing or post-master’s certificate in the nursing education concentration are eligible to apply for the National League for Nursing nurse educator certification. Depending upon experience, graduates who complete the master of science in nursing with a concentration in nursing administration are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Indiana State University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (D.N.P.) is a practice-focused doctoral program. The goal of the Post-Master’s D.N.P. Program is to prepare expert nurse clinicians and leaders to improve health and health care outcomes through evidence-based practice in rural and diverse clinical, health care, and academic settings. This program’s aim is to provide educational experiences in an interdisciplinary collaborative learning environment, with an embedded scholarly project experience that emphasizes evidence-based approaches for quality and safety improvement in various roles and practice settings and provides students with interactive mentorship by clinical and faculty experts. The ISU D.N.P. Program will emphasize innovative and evidence-based nursing practice, applying research processes to decision making, and translating credible research findings to increase the effectiveness of both direct and indirect nursing practice. Scholarly projects focused on rural or underserved populations are of special interest and encouraged.
The 39-credit D.N.P. Program is for the post-masters nurse. It is offered in an all-on-line format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in five-six semesters of full-time study. Part-time study is also available. The number of applicants admitted to the D.N.P. Program is limited to 20 new students annually. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not ensure that applicants will be admitted to the program.
Eligible applicants must meet University admission criteria and individual program requirements. Admissions to advanced practice nursing programs of study are competitive. For detailed program admission requirements, click on the program of interest at the following URL: www.indstate.edu/apn.
Applicants to the nursing programs are considered on a competitive basis by the department admissions committee. 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. Additional materials may be requested for examination prior to admission.
FEES AND EXPENSES
Nursing students pay the same University fees as other students, including technology and distance education delivery fees. Other expenses specific to the program include books, supplies/equipment, name pin, special test fees, and a program/clinical fee attached to designated courses. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from clinical and practicum experiences.
Indiana State University assists students through a number of financial aids: scholarships, student loans, professional nurse traineeships, and work study programs. Graduate assistantships may be awarded to successful applicants. Scholarships may be available on a limited basis. For information, contact the Department of Advanced Practice Nursing, Office of Student Affairs. For University financial aid contact: Financial Aid Office, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809.