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Master of Science in Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about our Master of Science in Nursing Program? The list of questions and answers below about all three of our degree tracks can help.

Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Tracks

What kind of job can I get with this degree?

Nursing Education track:
hospitals and any other health care setting where health education takes place, schools of nursing (some will require a doctorate but will let you start with an M.S.N.).

Nursing Administration 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).

How many classes do I have to take?

The M.S.N. is a 39 credit hour 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?

See the Master of Science in Nursing degree requirements for specific courses, including core courses and courses for both the Nursing Education and Nursing Administration tracks.

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).

The Indiana University Kokomo M.S.N. program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

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 M.S.N. 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.

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 IU Kokomo Student Nurse Association and the Nurses' Bible Fellowship.

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 the Master of Science in Nursing Program, is the advisor for the IU Kokomo M.S.N. program. Contact Dr. Mary Bourke at

If I am an international student can I apply to the MSN program at IU Kokomo?

Nursing Education and Nursing Administration tracks: These tracks are open to international students who meet all requirements for admission (including English proficiency), however you do not need to be licensed as an RN in Indiana.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

What is the role of the Family Nurse Practitioner?

An FNP is educated and trained to provide a broad range of health care services including the following: taking a patient's history, performing a physical exam, and ordering laboratory tests and procedures. In addition, their practice includes diagnosing, treating, and managing diseases, plus writing prescriptions and coordinating referrals. The Family Nurse Practitioner also focuses on disease prevention and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

What are the academic requirements of the program?

The Family Nurse Practitioner specialty track is a 42 credit hour, seven semester curriculum designed to prepare registered nurses with advanced practice nursing knowledge for the role of primary health care provider. Students will begin their study with classroom-based didactic courses in a hybrid format, building the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced nursing practice. Students will then progress on to didactic courses with clinical components to include 75 practice hours per semester. Note: The final didactic clinical course includes 375 mandatory practice hours as a primary care provider. Classes will be scheduled on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Clinical practice hours will be scheduled based on availability of practice sites.

What courses will I be taking, and when will I be taking them?

The FNP program is a seven-semester program. Students must take two FNP courses for six semesters and a final 6 credit hour course with 375 practice hours the seventh semester. We cannot accommodate student work schedules as practice hours are arranged per the medical practice availability.

Semester 1

  • NURS-Y 515 Pathophysiology (3 cr.)
  • NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • If you have not taken this course before entering the program: NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.)

Semester 2

  • NURS-N 502 Nursing Theory (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 535 Dynamics of Family Health Care (3 cr.)

Semester 3

  • NURS-F 570 Assessment of Individuals, Families, and Communities (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 612 Pharmacology (3 cr.)

Semester 4

  • NURS-R 500 Nursing Research (3 cr.)
  • NURS-J 595 Primary Care I: Acute Illness Processes (3 cr.)
    (3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical for FNP majors; 75 practice hours at a medical practice for the semester to be scheduled based on practice site availability.)

Semester 5

  • NURS-R 590 Scholarly Project (3 cr.)
  • NURS-J 595 Primary Care II: Acute and Stable Chronic Illness Processes (3 cr.)
    (3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical for FNP majors; 75 practice hours at a medical practice for the semester to be scheduled based on practice site availability.)

Semester 6

  • NURS-Y 620 Advanced Primary Care and Office Management Procedures (3 cr.)
  • NURS-J 595 Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Illness Processes (3 cr.)
    (3 credit hours: 2 didactic, 1 clinical for FNP majors; 75 practice hours at a medical practice for the semester to be scheduled based on practice site availability.)

Semester 7

  • NURS-F 578 Primary Health Care of Families (6 cr.)
    (6 credit hours: 2 didactic, 4 clinical for FNP majors; 375 practice hours at a medical practice for the semester to be scheduled based on practice site availability.)
What are the admission requirements?

The following criteria must be met for unconditional admission:

  1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale from an NLNAC, CCNE, ACEN or CNEA accredited program.
  2. Copy of current Indiana RN license: current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Indiana.
  3. Three (3) years recent, relevant experience required (medical/surgical, ICU, ER, etc.).
  4. All applicants must submit evidence of having completed a 3 credit (16-week semester) undergraduate (300- or 400-level) or higher statistics course with a B- (80%) or higher grade by the application deadline. (Conditional admission will be granted if the undergraduate stats course will be completed by the January start date of the program.)
  5. A master's level statistics course is required to graduate from the FNP track. The course may be taken prior (within the last five years) to applying or within the plan of study.
  6. Essential abilities: applicants must agree to the essential abilities policy of the School of Nursing. The policy states that students must demonstrate essential abilities in a variety of areas (judgment, neurological function, emotional coping skills, intellectual/conceptual skills, and other behavioral attributes) as well as meeting all progression criteria.
  7. Computer skills: verification of ability to use computer technologies including accessing, retrieving, receiving, and communicating information.
  8. Criminal background check: applicants must provide verification of a federal criminal background check per program requirements (, package code IA03).
  9. Submit an official college transcript (degree granting and graduate courses if applicable).
  10. Submission of the following:
    1. Essay: a two page essay is required (see instructions which follow below).
    2. References: applicants must provide three (3) professional references (one from your supervisor) who can speak of your clinical expertise and leadership. They must be included with your application.
    3. CV/Resume
  11. Application fee of $40
What are the prerequisites and requirements to apply?

A 3 credit hour undergraduate statistics course is required for admission. If you do not have an undergraduate statistics course, if accepted you will be required to take the course prior to the cohort start date in January.

A graduate level statistics class such as NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis is preferred before admission but can be taken during the program and will not delay admission.

Do I need to submit a transcript for an associate's degree or a summer class taken at a local community college if the credits show up on my graduating transcript?

Yes, you must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended.

What should I include in my essay?

The mission of Indiana University Kokomo is to promote diversity within our region; and to that end, articulate how you will contribute to diversity at IU Kokomo.*

  1. Tell us about experiences in your past that will prepare you to care for diverse populations.*
  2. Describe your plans for future FNP practice.
  3. What do you want us to know about yourself?
  4. Give an example of how you work under pressure.
  5. If a fellow colleague were asked about your strengths and weaknesses, what would they say?
  6. The Family Nurse Practitioner track will be a very intense and rigorous academic program. How will you juggle your responsibilities such as work, family, and other responsibilities?

* The concept of diversity includes the following dimensions: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs.

What should I include in my resume/CV?

The following components should be included in your resume/CV:

  • Educational background, including institutions, degree(s) awarded and/or degrees in progress, dates of degrees awarded/anticipated date of degree
  • Relevant employment history, with location, brief description of position, and dates (if within a health care setting, please describe the type of unit and duties within that position)
  • Community/volunteer experience
  • The acceptable file formats are .pdf, .doc, and .docx
I have my bachelor's degree in non-nursing content, but I am an RN. Am I eligible?

Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing requires all applicants to its graduate nursing programs to hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

If I have below a 3.0 GPA, should I apply?

FNP programs are highly competitive and all students admitted to the program will have a cumulative undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0. After admission criteria is met, each applicant is reviewed holistically by the faculty admissions committee. Commitment to scholarship, leadership, and clinical inquiry are crucial components in a competitive application. Academic rigor, clinical experience, best fit with the program, and advanced specialty are also considered during the application review process.

What are the tuition costs?

As tuition costs change yearly, updated fee schedule information can be found on IU Kokomo's tuition and fees web page.

Is financial aid available? If so, how do I apply?

Financial aid information can be found on IU Kokomo's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website.

If I already have a Master of Science in Nursing degree, can I apply to complete the MSN-FNP track at IU Kokomo?

No. You would need to apply to a program that offers a graduate certificate. IU Kokomo does not yet have a certificate program as this is a separate authorization process. We hope to have a certificate program in the future but the approval process is lengthy and we do not have an estimated time when this will be available.

If I am an international student can I apply to the MSN program at IU Kokomo?

Family Nurse Practitioner track: In order to apply for the Family Nurse Practitioner track, international students must meet all admission requirements (including the English proficiency and be licensed as an RN in Indiana). You will also be required to have a minimum of three years’ RN experience in the United States.

Last updated: 06/20/2016