The Master in Nursing (MSN) 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!
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. All students applying to any IU Kokomo Nursing Program must submit to a criminal background check as part of the application and once admitted must comply with all immunization and screening procedures.
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:
model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within the health care system.
function within an ethical-legal framework.
synthesize knowledge from nursing, biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to an area of specialty.
demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies clinical reasoning, critical, creative, and systems thinking.
frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes and maintain quality while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources.
use information technology and knowledge-based resources to inform practice.
articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
engage in lifelong learning activities that contribute to the professional nursing development and advancement of the nursing profession.
The M.S.N. Curriculum
Our M.S.N. program offers three degree tracks to choose from. Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, and Family Nurse Practitioner. Explore the curricula for each track here.
Nursing Education and Nursing Administration
This curriculum consists of six semesters equaling 39 credit hours. Students will take two courses per semester with the exception of one semester requiring three courses. Core classes will be scheduled on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., however, a few courses may be offered online. All students participate in a hands-on practicum during their final semester. Both tracks conclude with a culminating project/nursing study and practicum involving 225 contact hours. Ongoing evaluation of student learning outcomes ensures that students have achieved identified competencies consistent with professional standards.
Family Nurse Practitioner
This curriculum consists of seven semesters equaling 42 credit hours. 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 the availability of practice sites.
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).