Family Nurse Practitioner

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

If you’ve worked as a nurse for a while, you know the rewards of a career in nursing. Maybe you’ve been pondering what the next step for you might be. If you are considering advancing your nursing career, apply for the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Degree at Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. You will gain advanced knowledge and skills through experiential learning, practicing as a primary health care provider, and providing, improving, and enhancing access to health care for the community.

Upon completion of this program, you’ll be trained and educated to provide a broad range of healthcare services and work in a variety of careers and settings.

This degree program is 48 credit hours completed in eight consecutive semesters. You will begin your study with didactic courses where you will build the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced practice in nursing. As an FNP student, you will be provided a safe environment to receive education and training in a hands-on, experiential fashion. Your courses will progress to include direct clinical practice hours during the last four semesters.  FNP Students will earn a minimum of 750 direct care clinical hours prior to graduation.

Courses will take place in person on our campus on Thursdays.

For the Family Nurse Practitioner track graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), initial certification as an FNP is possible following successful national certification in all 50 states and US territories, except American Samoa, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New York. In these states/territories, acceptance of an IU Kokomo MSN for FNP has not been determined

    1. Complete an application via the online portal. Search for IU Kokomo under Add Program to find the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) tracks.

Fall 2023

Spring 2024 or Fall 2024

    1. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0* or higher on a 4.0 scale from an NLNAC, CCNE, ACEN, or CNEA accredited program. Students who apply to the IU Kokomo MSN program who have graduated from an undergraduate nursing program that does not use/report grade point average (GPA) will be considered for admission if they meet all other criteria and their transcripts contain other indicators of academic success such as dean’s list, academic honors, and grades from other degree programs, etc.
    2. Recent RN experience is
    3. All applicants must submit an Official College Transcript (Degree granting and graduate courses, if applicable) demonstrating evidence of successful completion of a 3-credit (16-week semester) undergraduate (300 or 400 level) or higher statistics course with a B- (80%) or higher grade by the application deadline.
    4. Curriculum Vitale (CV) /Resume
    5. Application fee of $40.
    6. Personal Statement Essay on the questions below.
      • Identify your academic goals, career objectives, why you are applying to this program and the qualifications you have that make you a strong candidate for admission.
      • What experiences (as it relates to clinical, leadership, or research in nursing) do you feel have prepared you for a master's education?
      • Describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your development, such as honors, activities, and accomplishments that make you a unique applicant. Be sure to include cross-cultural experiences, travel, hobbies, etc., that might influence your contributions to advanced practice nursing.
      • All students contribute to creating a diverse and inclusive environment when diversity is broadly defined. Whether by a personal attribute, characteristic, culture, experience, or behavior, please tell us how you believe you will contribute to the diversity of Indiana University Kokomo and the nursing profession. The concept of diversity includes the following dimensions: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious beliefs.
      • What attributes and current work experiences do you bring that will contribute to your success in the FNP program (community engagement, professional committee work, leadership experience)?

    * Note: Applicants meeting general requirements for admission will be invited to interview. The result of the interview will be considered for admission decisions.

    Application Deadline: Cohorts start every August/Fall semester. The fall admission deadline is May 1st for the first consideration and July 1st for the second consideration.

    Please send hard copies of your official transcripts to the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions to the attention of Emily Siler at the following address:

    IU Kokomo
    East Building, KE323
    2300 South Washington Street
    Kokomo, IN 46904-9003

    Unfortunately, international students are currently not eligible for this program.

    Please note: A 3-credit-hour undergraduate statistics course is required for admission. If you do not have an undergraduate statistics course, you will be required to take the course if accepted. You will receive conditional admission until this course has been completed.

    If you encounter any problems or difficulties when using the online application portal, please reach out to the IT help desk. You can contact them by emailing your issue to or by calling 765-455-9315.

Semester 1 

  • NURS-P 505 Population Health (4 cr.)
  • NURS-I 630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics (3 cr.)

Semester 2 

  • NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr.)
  • NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis (3 cr.)

Semester 3 

  • NURS-D 615 Performance Improvement and Patient Safety Health Systems (3 cr.)
  • NURS-F 570 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (3 cr.)

Semester 4 

  • NURS-Y 515 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (3 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 612 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan (3 cr.)

Semester 5 

  • NURS-R 500 Nursing Research Methods (3 cr.)
  • NURS-R 590 Scholarly Project (1 cr.)
  • NURS-F 580 Primary Care I: Acute Illness Processes (4 cr.)

Semester 6  

  • NURS-F 581 Primary Care II: Acute and Stable Chronic Illness Processes (4 cr.)
  • NURS-Y 620 Advanced Primary Care and Office Management (1 cr.)

Semester 7 

  • NURS-F 582 Primary Care III: Chronic and Complex Illness Processes (6 cr.)

Semester 8 

  • NURS-F 578 Primary Health Care of Families (4 cr.; 1 didactic and 3 clinical)

Ready to slip on your white coat and get started?

Looking for more details on the kinds of courses you’ll be taking? Visit the most current Academic Bulletin for specifics. If you have questions about the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Degree, contact us. Our ready-to-help faculty and staff are standing by to answer your questions and concerns.  

Assessment information is available for this degree.

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