OOS Initial Application Program Description
The Post-Masterís Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner program is designed for registered nurses holding a master's degree who desire to continue their education and expand their skillset and certificate base as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate is a 27-credit-hour program and clinical placement can be arranged in the student's community. Upon successful completion of program requirements, a certificate is awarded and students are eligible to apply for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) certification.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program requires 85 post-baccalaureate graduate credit hours and a total of 1,200 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship. A post-masterís nurse practitioner who enters the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program is required to complete a minimum of 39 credit hours. Students must have completed a masterís 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 masterís 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.
The Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program is designed for students who are interested in advancing their education or careers in the health and human services profession. The program requires 48-51 credits that vary in length depending on the culminating experience course selected at the conclusion of the program. Graduates of this program are qualified specialists having the expertise to utilize a comprehensive approach to meet diversified and holistic health needs. The primary goal of the program is to address society's need for caring, knowledgeable, and scientifically well-prepared, nurse professionals. By building upon and expanding their knowledge and skills as professional registered nurses, graduates are prepared to meet the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty certification competencies. The program offers three areas of concentration in family nurse practitioner, nursing administration and nursing education.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program offers two tracks. This program is open to the practicing LPN/LVN who has completed a practical nursing program and holds a current practical/vocational nurse licensure. The program enables the LPN/LVN to transfer all applicable credit to Indiana State University and complete a bachelor degree through a combination of distance courses offered by Ivy Tech and Indiana State University. The program also offers a RN to BSN track, which offers registered nurses an alternative curriculum through which they can earn the baccalaureate degree. The program consists of 35 credit hours in the nursing major. In addition to the coursework required in the nursing major, students must also complete the University's Foundational Studies Program.