Graduate Program

MSN Program Admissions Requirements

Prepare For an Advanced Nursing Career Meeting Families' Health Care Needs

IU South Bend's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - family nurse practitioner program prepares registered nurses to become leaders in advanced nursing practice. They are trained in advanced health care assessment, diagnostic techniques and treatment plans for a wide range of health problems. Nurses expand their knowledge in health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. Ultimately, through the accomplishments of our MSN graduates, it is our goal to improve regional health care delivery and the overall health of our local people and communities.

  • Complete a 42 credit hour, post-baccalaureate graduate degree on a part-time schedule, designed to meet the scheduling needs of employed RN's.
  • Undertake MSN studies as part of a small, cohesive cohort of no more than 18 students who remain together throughout the course of their graduate training.
  • Graduate from a highly competitive master's program that holds a record of 100 percent of its graduates finding positions in their field.
  • Attend an affordable, public university master's program that offers an exceptional education to graduate nursing students.
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MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights:

  • Participate in a program that includes two major learning sections:
    • preclinical-courses tha tprovide a core foundation for advanced practice
    • clinical-courses that build on the preclinical foundation and add knowledge and applications used during direct clinical experiences
  • Learn from talented nurse instructors who are highly experienced both in the classroom and the clinic.
  • Study in a graduate nursing program that runs year-round and can be pursued on a part-time basis.  The one stipulation:  all MSN requirements must be completed within six years of program enrollment.
  • Complete 600 clinical hours under the guidance of faculty members and preceptors.
  • Experience a variety of family practice health care settings in keeping with the student's individual career goals and the program's learning objectives.

MSN Program Requirements

*New for 2016 - Adult-Geriatric Major*

In addition to our Family Nurse Practitioner major in the MSN degree program, we are pleased to announce that the Adult-Geriatric major within the MSN degree program will begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.

The adult-geriatric advanced practice nursing major prepares graduates to provide comprehensive healthcare to well, at risk, and chronically ill adult and older adults in a variety of settings. As an advanced practice nurse (APN), nurses use theory, research, and clinical expertise to improve the health of adults across the lifespan. APNs are direct care providers who diagnose and manage acute and chronic health problems, along with care coordination for patients and their families, expert consultation, and implementation of multidisciplinary evidence-based practices at the unit and organizational level.

As a graduate of this program, nurses are eligible for certification as an Adult- Gerontology Advanced Practice Nurse (NP and CNS) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or as a primary care Adult- Gerontology NP through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program upon completion of the degree. Additionally, as an advanced practice nurse, nurses qualify to apply for prescriptive authority from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency.

Degree Requirements

Interesting MSN - family nurse practitioner courses you may take:

Assessment of Individuals, Families, and Communities: Gain advanced practice nursing skills in individual health assessment of infants, children, adults, and aging people.  In addition, students develop skills in family and community assessment.

Advanced Primary Care and Office Management Procedures: This course introduces students to advanced practice concepts and procedures related to the care of clients in the primary care setting.  In addition, students are introduced to documentation and professional relationship building skills necessary for advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the primary care setting.

Dynamics of Family Health Care: Provides students with opportunities to study families within the community context.  Consideration is given to theories of family functioning and roles in family health care, nursing family assessment tools and other nursing intervention strategies.

Career Outlook for Nurse Practitioners

The future looks bright for those possessing advanced nursing education, such as an MSN - family nurse practitioner degree.  As the population grows and more people need health care, consumers, insurance companies, and the government are all looking for ways to meet the demand for high quality efficient health care.  The skill set of a family nurse practitioner offers a way for consumers to receive excellent care that is more accessible than otherwise might be available.  For this and other reasons, the Bureau of Labor Statistics antitipates an employment increase of 22 percent for nurses over a ten-year period ending in 2018.  For more information about the nursing field, go to