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Frequently Asked Questions

MSN (Administrator or Educator track)

  • What kind of job can I get with this degree?
    • MSN-Administrator track—anywhere nurse managers/administrators are employed (a multitude of settings—e.g. inpatient acute and chronic care, outpatient clinics, K-12, community health, home health, corporations that utilize nurses for occupational health services).
    • MSN-Educator track—hospitals and any other healthcare setting where health education takes place, schools of nursing (some will require a doctorate but will let you start with an MSN).
  • How many classes do I have to take?
    • The MSN Master’s is a 39-credit program. Prior to entering the program, students must successfully complete an undergraduate statistics course with a C or better.  See IU Kokomo School of Nursing website for additional admission requirements.   
  • What kinds of classes will I have to take?
    • Everyone takes the following core courses:  N505 Measurement and Data Analysis, N502 Nursing Theory, Nursing Research Methods, Advanced Practice Concepts I  & II, and I630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics.
    • Students in both tracks will complete a research study and a track-specific practicum.
      • Educator track students also take: Teaching in Nursing, Curriculum in Nursing, Evaluation in Nursing, Computer Technologies, and an elective. 
      • Administrator track students also take: Administrative Management in Nursing, Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing, Legal Environment of Health Care, Financial Management, and an elective.
  • What is accreditation and what does it mean?
    • The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the undergraduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, from which we recently earned a ten-year reaccreditation (2010-2020). 
    • We will seek candidate status with the first class entering the MSN program as our first step toward graduate program accreditation by the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The expectation is that our program will be evaluated by the NLNAC prior to the graduation of our first class. When accreditation is approved you will graduate from an accredited school.  We have been assigned an NLNAC mentor to help guide us through this process.
    • Being accredited means that verifiable steps have been taken by the school to assure that you receive a quality education. Graduating from an accredited school of nursing means that your credits should transfer easily if you choose to pursue another degree and potential employers will have confidence that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful. 
  • How many students will be in my classes?
    • We anticipate between 10 to 20 students in each graduate nursing course.
  • What are faculty qualifications?
    • All faculty teaching in the MSN program have an earned doctorate and/or a specialty certification, as well as significant teaching experience.   
  • Can I do an internship with this program?
    • All students will complete a practicum as part of their course of study.
  • Can I study abroad with this degree?
    • The school of nursing has active cultural and service programs in Guatemala and Korea.  Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in any study abroad program through IU for which they are qualified.
  • Will you help me find a job when I graduate?
    • Students often find their first job as a result of their practicum experience. Potential employers also contact the school of nursing to publicize employment opportunities.  
  • Are there student organizations for this degree?
    • There is an active graduate student organization on campus, as well as an opportunity to participate in the Student Nurses’ Association and the Nurses’ Christian Fellowship student organization. 
  • How can I get in touch with my professor?
    • Faculty are available by email, phone, and through Oncourse.  Office hours are posted so students can stop by and confer with faculty without an appointment. We highly recommend getting acquainted with your instructors early and staying in contact throughout the program. 
  • Do I get an advisor to help me schedule classes?
    • Dr. Mary Bourke, Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, is the advisor for the IU Kokomo MSN program. Contact Dr. Mary Bourke at mbourke@iuk.edu.

 

 

 

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