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Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science Degree in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at IU Kokomo is designed to prepare registered nurses with advanced practice nursing knowledge for practice in the twenty-first century in the areas of nursing education, nursing administration, or family nurse practitioner.

Due to the Affordable Care Act, the demand for advanced practice nurses will increase dramatically. Currently, only 13% of nurses nationwide have earned masters or doctoral degrees, the resulting shortage of qualified advanced practice nurses provides excellent opportunities for our graduates. Start your journey with the IU Kokomo M.S.N. program!

Degree Tracks

Students will begin their study with classroom-based didactic courses in a hybrid format, building the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced practice nursing. Students will progress to specific courses in one of our three degree tracks: the Nursing Education track, the Nursing Administration track, or the Family Nurse Practitioner track.

Click on the plus signs below (+) to learn more about each track.

Nursing Education Track

The Nursing Education track will be prepare graduates for faculty roles at universities and colleges and/or educator roles in hospitals. Graduates of the Nursing Education track will possess the knowledge and skills to facilitate the teaching/learning process. The lack of M.S.N.-prepared nurses in the region has had a negative impact on the ability of schools of nursing to fill both full-time and part-time teaching positions with qualified faculty.

Nursing Administration Track

The Nursing Administration track will enable graduates to function in advanced-level management positions. Graduates of the Nursing Administration track will possess the knowledge and skills to serve in leadership and administrative roles that will provide opportunities for enhanced health care delivery systems and ultimately improved health for the citizens of our regions. Hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, extended care facilities, and nurse managed health centers as well as a multitude of community agencies are potential employers of advanced practice nurses.

Family Nurse Practitioner Track

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. 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The IU Kokomo M.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who will:

  1. model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex healthcare system.
  2. conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professionsl policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  3. 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.
  4. demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources.
  6. use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage transform data that inform clinical practice.
  7. 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.
  8. demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  9. articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  10. engage in lifelong learning activities that contribute to professional nursing development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

Accreditation

The Indiana University Kokomo M.S.N. program is accredited by the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000
www.acenursing.org

Contact

For more information about the IU Kokomo School of Nursing M.S.N. program please contact Dr. Mary Bourke, Assistant Dean of the M.S.N. program, at mbourke@iuk.edu

For complaints regarding this M.S.N. program please contact the:

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
404-975-5000

www.acenursing.org

Last updated: 05/11/2017