Ball State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The School of Nursing through Ball State University (BSU) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program with two entry points: RN and BSN. In addition, a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate is offered to both non-nurse practitioners and adult or adult-gerontology NPs. Coursework is completely online and students only come to campus once for an initial orientation. Clinicals are completed at approved facilities local to the student.

These programs are only offered online and have no campus equivalent. The programs are competitive and only accept students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, no course with less than a grade of B will be applied to graduation requirements. BSU and the MSN program are a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence. Faculty consist of practicing nurses and research scholars who have access to continuing professional development through the BSU Integrated Learning Institute.

Typical job responsibilities for family nurse practitioners include diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, as well as infections and non-complex injuries; ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests; writing medical prescriptions; and educating patients, families, and communities about health prevention strategies. FNPs usually work in hospitals, primary care clinics, schools, community health facilities, government facilities, long-term care facilities, and nursing home care situations. Graduates of the online FNP programs are eligible to sit for the family nurse practitioner certification exams through the American Nurses Credentialing Corporation (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Ball State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana.

What to Expect from the Ball State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

General Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher and have taken an undergraduate research course with a passing grade of C or better. Application materials include an application, application fee, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, proof of nursing license, a criminal history disclosure, a nursing questionnaire, and nursing goals and objectives. No GMAT or GRE is required.

  • Specific Program Requirements:
  • MSN: Students must hold a BSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Students must hold an MSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program

State Restrictions: Ball State University accepts students from many states and is currently in the process of seeking approval from all states. However, students from the following states are not approved to complete distance education through BSU at this time: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Since the list is being updated as more states are approved, be sure to check with the BSU School of Nursing frequently if you are interested in the nursing programs. As always, students should also contact the state nursing board for their state of residence to determine licensing eligibility for out of state nursing programs.

Study Plan: The BSU online FNP programs are offered part-time. Students may begin the MSN program in the Fall or Spring semester. The Post-Master’s certificate begins in the Fall only. Students should expect to take two classes per semester. BSN to MSN students can complete the program in six to nine semesters. RN to MSN students should expect to complete the program in 10 to 12 semesters. Post-Master’s FNP Certificate students who are non-nurse practitioners can complete the program in about four to five semesters, while adult and adult-gerontology NPs can complete the program in two to three semesters. Students should expect to spend about 10-12 hours per week on each 3-credit course plus time spent doing clinical rotations. In addition, students are responsible for securing their own preceptor for clinicals.

BSN to MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online BSN to MSN – FNP program comprises 47 credits plus completion of at least 690 clinical hours. Core research courses include Analysis in Nursing Research; or Introduction to Statistical Methods; and Research. Core nursing courses include Nursing Theory; Nursing Information Technology; and Nursing Concepts in Health Promotion /Disease and Injury Prevention in Populations.

Family nurse practitioner courses include Advanced Practice Nursing and Role Theory; Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice; Advanced Clinical Pharmacology; Advanced Health Assessment; Primary Care of the Adult I-II; Primary Care of Children; Primary Care of Women; and Practicum – Family Nurse Practitioner.

RN to MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online RN to MSN – FNP program comprises 63 credits plus completion of at least 135 clinical hours for the BSN portion and 690 clinical hours for the MSN portion. The RN to MSN – FNP program is for RNs with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. Courses required in addition to the MSN curriculum include Nursing Foundations and Issues; Health Assessment; Research in Nursing, Community Health, and Management and Leadership.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 23 credits plus at least 630 clinical hours. For non-nurse practitioners courses include Nursing Information Technology; Primary Care of the Adult I-II; Primary Care of Children; Primary Care of Women; and Practicum – Family Nurse Practitioner.

Additionally, a transcript review will determine if additional courses need to be completed including Advanced Practice Nursing And Role Theory; Pathophysiology and Nursing Practice; Advanced Health Assessment; and Advanced Clinical Pharmacology.

For adult or adult-gerontology nurse practitioners, courses include Nursing Information Technology; Primary Care of Children; Primary Care of Women; and Practicum – Family Nurse Practitioner. As with non-nurse practitioners, a transcript review may indicate the need for additional courses.

Online Experience: Online courses are delivered through the Canvas online Learning Management System (LMS) in an asynchronous format with readings and weekly assignments. Assessments are proctored by a 3rd party through webcam and microphone, therefore students must sign up for a testing time during a set timeframe. Students participate in peer/faculty communication through discussion boards, email, blogs, chat, and other avenues. BSU requires students to come to an in-person orientation and an online orientation supplemental to this is also offered. Online services include technical help, a technology store, admissions services, academic support services, library services, and career services. Students should have a webcam and microphone with their computer, as well as access to high-speed internet.

On-Site Requirements: Students are required to come to the Muncie, Indiana campus for an initial orientation before the program starts. All course material is completed 100% online and clinicals are completed at approved locations near the student. Students are also welcome to visit the Muncie, Indiana campus at any time and participate in graduation ceremonies.

Paying for the Ball State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

Ball State University charges $449 per credit plus fees for in-state residents for the online nursing programs. Out-of-state tuition is $661 per credit plus fees. Prospective students should contact the School of Nursing at BSU for current tuition costs and fees. Note that tuition generally rises each year.

Ball State University offers unsubsidized federal graduate loans to online graduate students who qualify through the FAFSA. Online students should also seek out a tuition reimbursement program through their employer, as well as outside scholarships and grants.

Ball State University

APRN Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner – BSN to MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner – Post-Master's Certificate
Family Nurse Practitioner – RN to MSN (for RNs with Non-Nursing Bachelor's)

Campus Address

Cooper Nursing (CN), Room 418, 2111 W. Riverside Ave.
Muncie, Indiana 47306

Ball State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – BSN to MSN

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, LA, MA, ME, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, SD, TN, VA, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$449.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$21,103.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$661.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$31,067.00

Ball State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – Post-Master's Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

23

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, LA, MA, ME, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, SD, TN, VA, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

23

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$449.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$10,327.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$661.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$15,203.00

Ball State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – RN to MSN (for RNs with Non-Nursing Bachelor's)

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

63

Program Accreditation

CCNE – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

Bachelor's (Non-Nursing) – Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

AL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, LA, MA, ME, MN, NC, NJ, NV, NY, OK, OR, SD, TN, VA, WA, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

63

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$449.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$28,287.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$661.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$41,643.00

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.