Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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 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.

Potential employment opportunities for graduates are found in:
  • Collaborative clinical practice
  • Nurse-managed clinics
  • School-based clinics
  • Occupational health
  • Federally qualified health centers in both urban and rural settings
  • Specialty practice
  • Community clinic
  • Group clinical practice/HMOs
  • Urgent/emergency room
  • Prisons
Graduates are eligible for certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, graduates qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Licensure Board.

43 credit hours
600 clinical hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods I (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment (4 cr)
FNP Track Courses (21 Credit Hours)
  • Y535 Dynamics of Family Health (3 cr)
  • Y600 Clinical Reasoning (3 cr)
  • F571 Family Nurse Practitioner I (3 cr)
  • F573 Family Nurse Practitioner I Practicum (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
  • F575 Family Nurse Practitioner II (3 cr)
  • F577 Family Nurse Practitioner II Practicum (3 cr/225 clinical hours)
  • F579 Family Nurse Pracitioner III (3 cr/150 clinical hours)

Review the course descriptions.

Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time plan of study.
  • A limited number of two-year/full-time plans of study may be offered when space allows.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions. Synchronous sessions are generally able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • FNP Courses (21 credits) are hybrid courses that combine online coursework with regularly scheduled in-person class sessions. The number of in-person class sessions varies across courses, with some meeting every other week while others meet only a few times per semester.
  • Clinical placements are arranged cooperatively by students and IUSON faculty and staff.
  • All clinical hours must be completed within the state of Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license.
  • Two years of full-time RN experience at the time of application.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
  • May be completed following application provided it is completed prior to the start of the program.
Admission Timeline 
  • Admission into the FNP track is offered one time per year for the fall semester.
  • Applications for Fall 2022 will open September 15, 2021.
  • The application deadline for Fall 2022 admission is February 15, 2022
  • Admissions notifications are sent out via email no later than April 11, 2022.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.