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  Jan 18, 2018
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Nursing Practice, Doctor of

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(39 credits) 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice Program requires 85 post-baccalaureate graduate credit hours and a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship. A post-master’s nurse practitioner who enters the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours at Indiana State University. Students must have completed a master’s degree prior to 2015 to be eligible to enroll in the program.They may apply a maximum of 48 graduate credits and 700 hours of formal clinical supervised hours from their master’s degree toward the doctoral degree requirements. Consistent with other doctor of nursing practice programs, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, there is no dissertation requirement. 

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and have the following requirements: 

  • A master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited school of nursing preparing family nurse practitioners.
  • A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Successfully completed a graduate statistics course and nursing research course.
  • An unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state of practice and advanced practice registration.
  • National certification as a family nurse practitioner.
  • Meet all health clearance, criminal background checks, and other requirements for clinical practice.
  • Three professional references submitted through reference site.
  • A minimum of two years nursing clinical experience prior to enrolling in clinical courses.
  • A two-three page sample of written scholarly work.
  • TOEFEL score of 550 or greater, if English is not the primary language spoken. 

Guided Elective (3 credits):

Nursing education (curriculum, texts, methods) or nursing administration (finance) 3 credits

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