Programs

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Our Master of Science in Nursing, or MSN, graduate program is one of the most comprehensive in the world, putting our students in high demand after they graduate. You can choose from a variety of nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist tracks, nursing education, or leadership in health systems. This year U.S. News & World Report ranked us 19th in the nation out of hundreds of graduate nursing programs.

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve and our population grows older, the demand for advanced practice nurses is increasing dramatically. Our MSN programs prepare you as a nurse leader to provide and improve care to patients, families, and/or communities and to lead educational and complex healthcare systems.

Program Learning Outcomes
As a graduate of the MSN program you will:

  • Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex health care system.
  • Conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical–legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
  • Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  • Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes.
  • Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage and transform data that inform clinical practice.
  • Systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
  • Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  • Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  • Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

Applications are available online, and the deadline to apply for all programs is January 15th.  You will begin in the following fall semester. You may complete your MSN degree in two years of full time study or three years of part time study.  Note some tracks may not have a full time study option.

Please review the techology requirements for graduate study. They include hardware/network requirements & software and distance accessible videoconferencing.

Choose from the following tracks in the master’s program to learn more:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

    The adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner provides comprehensive health care to acutely ill adult clients who are cared for in a variety of acute care settings. As a nurse practitioner you are an advanced practice nurse using theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of adults.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner upon completion of your degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

    Clinical coursework is on campus; however, your clinical hours may be completed in your local community. 

    CURRICULUM

    43 credit hours
    600 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)|

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Y625 Adv PhysicalAssessment, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y515 Adv Pathophysiology, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y612 Adv Pharmacology, Lifespan (3 cr)

    Courses in the track (19 credits)

    • Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes in Adv Practice Nsg (1 cr)
    • S674 Management of Acutely Ill 1 (6 cr)
    • S675 Management of Acutely Ill 2 (6 cr)
    • S676 Management of Acutely Ill 3 (6 cr)

     Review the course descriptions.

  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

    The adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner provides comprehensive health care to well, at risk, and chronically ill adult clients who are cared for in ambulatory or extended care settings. As a nurse practitioner you are an advanced practice nurse using theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of adults.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner upon completion of your degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

    Clinical coursework is on campus; however, your clinical hours may be completed in your local community.

    Curriculum

    44 credit hours
    525 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)|

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Y625 Adv Physical Assessment, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y515 Adv Pathophysiology, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y612 Adv Pharmacology, Lifespan (3 cr)


    Courses in the track (20 credits)

    • I630 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr)
    • Y512 Advanced Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
    • Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes in Adv Practice Nsg (3 cr)
    • Y552 Health Promotion in Adult Gerontology Primary Care (5 cr)
    • Y554 Advanced Practice Nursing in Adult Gerontology Primary Care (2 cr)
    • Y555 Collaborative Advanced Practice in Adult Gerontology Primary Care (4 cr)

    Review the course descriptions.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Lifespan

    The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner–lifespan program uses a wide range of advanced practice learning experiences to prepare you in the assessment, diagnosis, clinical management, and prevention of mental illness across the lifespan. You will develop the skills necessary for work in case management, professional leadership, and interdisciplinary collaboration across a wide range of health care settings.

    This distance accessible track allows you to attend class without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; however, it is not a completely online program.  You will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology.  Clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.

    As a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner, you will use theory and research to guide and improve nursing care. You will make important and unique contributions to health care by developing innovative, quality patient care that is more cost-efficient; collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to coordinate health care services in order to restore wellness; and managing research protocols and developing research utilization projects.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible to sit for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification as a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan). Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you are qualified to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensing Board.

    Curriculum

    45 credit hours
    525 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)

    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology, Lifespan (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)

    *N502 and R500 must be completed before starting the graduate psychiatric nursing major courses.

    Psychiatric Core Courses (21 credits)

    • P510 Neuro-Psychopharmacology (3 cr)
    • P515 Assessment in Advanced Psychiatric Nursing (3 cr)
    • P558 Psychiatric Mental Health Adv Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan (3 cr)
    • P651 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing with Families (3 cr)
    • P652 Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Disorders (3 cr)
    • P671 Adv Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing I (3 cr)
    • P672 Adv Clinical Practice in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing II (3 cr)

    Review the course descriptions.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner

    The family nurse practitioner track prepares you to address the health concerns of well, at-risk, and chronically ill individuals and their families by providing direct care in ambulatory settings, neighborhood clinics, extended-care agencies, and private clinical practice in collaboration with other healthcare professionals. Our program embraces a unique narrative-centered curriculum. We believe the family is the identified unit of care, not merely the context for care provided to individuals of various ages.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Family Nurse Practitioner upon completion of your degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

    Curriculum

    45 credit hours
    600 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Y625  Adv Physical Assessment (3 cr)
    • Y515  Adv Pathophysiology (3 cr)
    • Y612  Adv Pharmacology (3 cr)


    Courses in the track (20 credits)

    • I 630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 cr)
    • Y600 Clinical Reasoning & Diagnostic Processes in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • F571 Family Health I  (3 cr)
    • F573 Family Health Practicum I (2 cr)
    • F575 Family Helath II (3 cr)
    • F577  Family Health Practicum II (2 cr)
    • F 579 Family Health Practicum III (5 cr)

    Review the course descriptions.

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care

    As a pediatric nurse practitioner in primary care, you are prepared to provide  comprehensive primary health care to well, at risk, and chronically ill children in a variety of settings. You develop knowledge in collaborative practice, health maintenance, chronic illness management, health policy, and patient advocacy.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Pediatric Nursing Certification Board upon completion of your degree.

    Curriculum

    44 credit hours
    525 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Y625 Adv Physical Assessment Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y515 Adv Pathophysiology (3 cr)
    • Y612 Adv Pharmacology (3 cr)


    Courses in the track (20 credit hours)

    • M559 Stress and Coping (3 cr)
    • C550 Child and Family Health Assessment (3 cr)
    • C551 Health Maintenance of the Pediatric Client (3 cr)
    • C552 Adv Practice in Ambulatory Care Nursing of Children I (3 cr)
    • C556 Adv Nursing Management of the Pediatric Client (3 cr)
    • C666 Collaborative Clinical Practice in Pediatric Primary Health Care (5 cr)

    Review the course descriptions.

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist

    The distance accessible adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist track prepares you to serve as an advanced practice nurse. As an adult-gerontology CNS, you will be a clinical expert in nursing. Your practice focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of illness and the promotion of wellness. You use theory and research to guide and improve nursing care and to make important and unique contributions to health care.

    This distance accessible track allows you to attend class without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; however, it is not a completely online program.  You will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology.  Clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.
     
    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology CNS upon completion of your degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

    Curriculum

    43 credit hours 
    525 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (21 credits hours)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • Y612 Adv Pharmacology (3 cr)
    • Y515 Adv Pathophysiology (3 cr)
    • Y625 Adv Physical Assessment Lifespan (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (Statistics) (3 cr)


    Courses in the track (22 credits hours)

    • M570 CNS I* (4 cr)
    • M580 CNS II* (4 cr)
    • M590 CNS III* (5 cr)
    • M559 Stress and Coping (3 cr)
    • Y512 Concepts in Gerontology (3 cr)
    • M560 Psycho-Educational Intervention (3 cr)

    * Courses with clinical experience

    Review the course descriptions.

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  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

    The pediatric clinical nurse specialist track is a distance-accessible program that will prepare you to provide expert care to children with complex health problems and to enhance pediatric nursing practice. As a pediatric clinical nurse specialist, you function in a variety of settings to plan and implement change and to enhance quality practice through the roles of clinician, educator, consultant, and researcher. Focus area courses enable you to tailor your studies to meet your career goals or emerging employment opportunities.

    This distance accessible track allows you to attend class without traveling to the Indianapolis campus; however, it is not a completely online program.  You will join the classroom in real time using videoconferencing technology.  Clinical hours must be completed in Indiana.

    Upon graduation you are eligible requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center certification as a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, you qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensing Board.

    CURRICULUM

    43 credit hours
    525 clinical supervised hours

    Core courses (21 credits hours)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • Y612  Adv Pharmacology (3 cr)
    • Y515  Adv Pathophysiology (3 cr)
    • Y625 Adv Physical Assessment (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (Statistics) (3 cr)

    Courses in the track (19 credits hours)

    • M570 CNS I* (4 cr)
    • M580 CNS II* (4 cr)
    • M590 CNS III* (5 cr)
    • M559 Stress and Coping (3 cr)
    • C550 Peds Health Assessment (3 cr)
    • C551 Health Maintenance (3 cr)

    * Courses with clinical experience



    Review the course descriptions.

  • Nursing Leadership in Health Systems

    The nursing leadership in health systems track prepares you for mid-level and senior nursing leadership. You take courses offering a wide range of administrative knowledge, from leadership and decision making to economics and organizational theory.

    Your educational experience culminates in the capstone administrative practicum and research experience that allows you to develop practical leadership skills in a real work setting. Also, you are encouraged to tailor your elective courses to meet your specific career goals and emerging employment opportunities.

    While the program is primarily online, you are required to attend classes on the IUPUI campus at the beginning and end of each semester when enrolled in problem-based learning (PLB) courses. Practicum hours may be completed in your local community.

    Curriculum

    42 credit hours
    225 practicum supervised hours

    Core courses - 15 credits hours + 6 elective credits (21 credits)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590 Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Electives in Focus area (6 credits)


     Courses in the track (21 credits)

    • L650 Data Analysis for Clinical and Administrative Decision-making (3 cr)
    • L670 Economic Analysis of Nursing & Health Systems (3 cr)
    • I639 Informatics in Nursing Administration Practice* (3 cr)
    • L574 Administrative Management in Nursing* ** (3 cr)
    • L671 Financial Management in Nursing* ** (3 cr)
    • L575 Corporate & Public Policy for Nursing Executives* ** (3 cr)
    • L579 Nursing Administration Practicum (3 cr)


     Choose an area of focus for your L579 Nursing Administration Practicum

    • Leadership
    • Clinical Application
    • Informatics
    • Philanthropy
    • Health Policy


    NOTE: Other focus areas can be negotiated with your advisor; examples include case management, finance, marketing, evaluation, human resources, or other administrative areas.

    *Weekend PBL Courses (CUBE)

    ** Courses approved to apply toward PhD in nursing program of study. These are available for post-master's certificate study as well.

    Review the course descriptions.

  • Nursing Education

    The online nursing education track prepares you to launch a career in teaching in schools of nursing or to serve as a nurse educator in a variety of healthcare contexts or settings. Fully distance accessible, technology brings learners, faculty, and content together in the nursing education track. Practicum hours may be completed in your local community.

    As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator

    Curriculum

    42 credit hours
     225 practicum supervised hours

    Core courses (24 credits hours)

    • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
    • N504 Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr)
    • R500 Nursing Research (3 cr)
    • R505  Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
    • R590  Scholarly Project (3 cr)
    • Y625  Adv Physical Assessment Lifespan (3 cr)
    • Y515   Adv Pathophysiology (3 cr)
    • Y612   Adv Pharmacology (3 cr)

     
    Nursing Education (18 credits)

    • T600 Scientific Bases for Clinical Teaching (3 cr)
    • T670 Teaching of Nursing (3 cr)
    • T615 Nursing Curriculum (3 cr)
    • T619 Computer Technologies (3 cr)
    • T617 Evaluation in Nursing (3 cr)
    • T679 Nursing Education Practicum (3 cr)


    Review the course descriptions.


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