Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN) Online

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Advance your nursing career and prepare for national certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner with our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).

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Program Availability

The online Nursing MSN program is open to eligible in-state and many out-of-state applicants. The program is closed to all students (including U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members) residing in a country other than the United States.

Why Earn an Online Family Nurse Practitioner MSN at Indiana State?

Indiana State University graduates are prepared and eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Program Designed for Working Professionals

Our online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a family nurse practitioner concentration is designed for registered nurses who are interested in advancing their education or careers in the health and human services profession.

All courses are offered online. Clinical placements are arranged by the student in the state(s) where they are licensed. On-campus visits are not required.

The program can be completed in 2.5-3 years with part-time study. However, students are required to complete the program in a maximum of 3-5 years.

By building upon and expanding our students' knowledge and skills as professional registered nurses, the MSN program prepares graduates to meet the ANCC and AANP certification competencies. Information on specific state requirements for nurse practitioner licensure can be found at NursingLicensure.org. For other important information, visit Licensure or Certification Information.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

As a student in Indiana State’s MSN program, you will benefit from faculty who are dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities through innovative course design, clinical experiences, and service-learning projects. Faculty research and specialties encompass areas such as medical-surgical nursing, infection control, acute care, emergency nursing, and patient outcomes and safety.

What You’ll Learn in the Online Family Nurse Practitioner MSN Program

Indiana State University’s nursing graduates are qualified specialists with the expertise to utilize a comprehensive approach to meet diversified and holistic health needs. Knowledge and skills attained through this program include an emphasis in the following areas:

  • Health Promotion, Health Protection, Disease Prevention, and Treatment
  • Practitioner-Patient Relationship
  • Teaching-Coaching Function
  • Professional Role
  • Managing and Negotiating Health Care Delivery Systems
  • Monitoring and Ensuring the Quality of Health Care Practice
  • Cultural Competence

In applying these skills, instructors encourage students to be innovative and evidence-based in their approach to nursing to support the delivery of high-quality and safe patient care.

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Career Possibilities for Family Nurse Practitioner MSN Graduates

Our graduates are eligible to apply for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). In addition, the MSN is preparation for further advanced study, including the University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of nurse practitioners to grow 38% from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Utah nurse Alexis Hilbelink persevered in her online FNP program at Indiana State, earning Sycamore Outstanding Nursing Graduate honors.

Nurse Alexis Hilbelink found support, inspiration in MSN program

Despite crises and personal loss, Utah nurse Alexis Hilbelink persevered in her online FNP program at Indiana State, earning Sycamore Outstanding Nursing Graduate honors. Alexis credited the support and flexibility of her nursing faculty as a key factor in her success. Learn Alexis’s story

Accreditation

Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission

The Graduate Nursing Program at Indiana State University admitted its first students in 1986. It has maintained continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) since 1989.

Admission Requirements and Instructions

Applications are accepted twice a year. The deadlines are October 1 for Spring (January start) and March 1 for Fall (August start).

For details, visit MSN How to Apply.