Indiana State University Online Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The College of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University (ISU) offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN – FNP) program and a Post-Master’s FNP Certificate. Students complete coursework completely online with no campus visits required. Clinical practicums are completed at approved facilities local to the student.

Indiana State University seeks to prepare family practice nurses through education, evidence-based research, and clinical practice in order to promote improved health outcomes for patients and their families. ISU core values include equity, scholarship, diversity, inclusion, and excellence.

Family nurse practitioner graduates will be able to meet the competencies outlined by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and take the appropriate FNP certification exam. These competencies include cultural competence, managing and negotiating health care delivery systems, the practitioner/patient relationship, health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, health protection, quality of care practice, the professional nursing role, and the teaching/coaching function of nurse practitioners.

FNPs are able to assess, evaluate, diagnose and treat acute and chronic conditions and diseases. Work settings may include primary care clinics, private practice, schools, long-term health facilities, hospitals, community health clinics, government organizations, and home health care situations.

No GRE or GMAT is required for admission and students are expected to have professional nursing experience, although this is not required. Courses are delivered in a mostly asynchronous manner, with synchronous online meetings published well in advance.

Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The online MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Indiana State University is located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

What to Expect from the Indiana State University Online FNP Programs

Graduate Nursing Admissions Requirements: Applications are completed through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Students must hold a current, unencumbered RN license in Indiana or their state of residence. Although no work experience is required, significant RN experience is preferred. Application materials include an application and application fee, verification of CPR certification and RN licensure, official transcripts, a resume or CV, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement of professional goals, a criminal background check, and proof that the student meets the health clearances and immunization requirements. Students whose first language is not English must submit English proficiency test scores. No GMAT or GRE is required. Students may also need to conduct a video, phone, or in-person interview with the admissions department.

  • Specific Program Requirements:
  • MSN: Students must hold a BSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Post-Master’s Certificate: Students must hold an MSN degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

State Restrictions: Indiana State University accepts students from most states. However, students from the following states are not eligible to study through Indiana State: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Washington DC, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wyoming. In addition, US Territories and international students are not eligible for the programs. All prospective students should check with the admissions department of the Indiana State University College of Health and Human Services to verify eligibility. As well, students should check with their state Board of Nursing to determine whether the program meets certification requirements for their state.

Study Plan: The Indiana State University online MSN and Post-Master’s Certificate programs start in the Fall and Spring. The MSN program takes 2.5 to three years to complete and the Post-Master’s Certificate program can be completed in four semesters. Students complete courses online as well as clinicals local to the student.

MSN – FNP Curriculum: The online MSN – FNP program comprises 50 credits plus 675 clinical hours. Pre-clinical foundational courses include Healthcare Perspectives; Statistical Methods or Research Design and Data Analysis in Health And Human Performance; Nursing Theory Development; Advanced Pathophysiology; Nursing Research; and Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Family nurse practitioner specialization courses include Health Assessment and Health Promotion for Advanced Practice Nursing; Family Nurse Practitioner Role I-II; Theoretical Foundations of Family Healthcare Nursing: Management of Common Chronic and Acute Health Problems I-II; Diagnostic Lab for Family Nurse Practitioners; Family Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship; and Evidence-Based Practice Course.

Post-Master’s FNP Certificate Curriculum: The online Post-Master’s FNP Certificate program comprises 26 credits plus at least 675 clinical hours. Courses follow the family nurse practitioner specialization courses listed above.

Online Experience: ISU utilizes Blackboard as it’s online Learning Management System (LMS), delivering most courses asynchronously. When a collaborative live session, teleconference, or other synchronous meeting is required, students will be notified in advance. Courses run on semesters and have specific due dates and time frames for assignments. Included in the Blackboard platform are announcement pages, syllabi, learning modules, necessary links to the online library and other resources, access to discussion boards, and access to assignments and quizzes. Students also have access to services such as admissions counseling, academic advising, faculty help, an online bookstore, career counseling, and 24/7 technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the FNP programs. All coursework is online and practicums are completed local to the student.

Paying for the Indiana State University Online FNP Programs

Indiana State University charges $419 per credit plus fees for residents of Indiana and $541 per credit plus fees for non-residents. Prospective students should contact the College of Health and Human Services for current tuition and fees as it may change from year to year.

Indiana State University FNP students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal graduate loans according to the FAFSA. According to ISU, certificate programs are not eligible for federal student loans. Online FNP students may also look into private loans and outside scholarships and grants. In addition, they may check with their employers concerning a tuition reimbursement program. ISU offers payment plans and may offer veteran benefits.

Indiana State University

Delivered mostly asynchronously with no campus visits and local practicums, Indiana State University seeks to prepare FNPs through education, evidence-based research, and clinical practice, all supported by core values of equity, inclusion, scholarship, diversity, and excellence.

APRN Programs

Family Nurse Practitioner – MSN
Family Nurse Practitioner – Post-MS Certificate

Campus Address

200 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809

Indiana State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – MSN

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

50

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

AK, AL, AZ, AR, DC, ID, LA, MA, ND, NY, OK, OR, SD, TN, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

50

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$419.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$20,950.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$541.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$27,050.00

Indiana State University – Family Nurse Practitioner – Post-MS Certificate

Program Essentials

Degree Level

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

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

Yes

Campus Visits Required

0

Credits Needed to Graduate

26

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

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…)

AK, AL, AZ, AR, DC, ID, LA, MA, ND, NY, OK, OR, SD, TN, WV, WY

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

26

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$419.00

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$10,894.00

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$541.00

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$14,066.00

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.