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IU South Bend offers a flexible, affordable Master of Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) degree program. 

MSN Program Admissions Requirements

Prepare For an Advanced Nursing Career Meeting Families' Health Care Needs

IU South Bend's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - family nurse practitioner program prepares registered nurses to become leaders in advanced nursing practice.  They are trained in advanced health care assessment, diagnostic techniques and treatment plans for a wide range of health problems.  Nurses expand their knowledge in health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling.  Ultimately, through the accomplishments of our MSN graduates, it is our goal to improve regional health care delivery and the overall health of our local people and communities.

  • Complete a 42 credit hour, post-baccalaureate graduate degree on a part-time schedule, designed to meet the scheduling needs of employed RN's.
  • Undertake MSN studies as part of a small, cohesive cohort of no more than 18 students who remain together throughout the course of their graduate training.
  • Graduate from a highly competitive master's program that holds a record of 100 percent of its graduates finding positions in their field.
  • Attend an affordable, public university master's program that offers an exceptional education to graduate nursing students.
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MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner Program Highlights:

  • Participate in a program that includes two major learning sections:
    • preclinical-courses tha tprovide a core foundation for advanced practice
    • clinical-courses that build on the preclinical foundation and add knowledge and applications used during direct clinical experiences
  • Learn from talented nurse instructors who are highly experienced both in the classroom and the clinic.
  • Study in a graduate nursing program that runs year-round and can be pursued on a part-time basis.  The one stipulation:  all MSN requirements must be completed within six years of program enrollment.
  • Complete 600 clinical hours under the guidance of faculty members and preceptors.
  • Experience a variety of family practice health care settings in keeping with the student's individual career goals and the program's learning objectives.

Interesting MSN - family nurse practitioner courses you may take:

Assessment of Individuals, Families, and Communities - Gain advanced practice nursing skills in individual health assessment of infants, children, adults, and aging people.  In addition, students develop skills in family and community assessment.

Advanced Primary Care and Office Management Procedures - This course introduces students to advanced practice concepts and procedures related to the care of clients in the primary care setting.  In addition, students are introduced to documentation and professional relationship building skills necessary for advanced practice nurses (APNs) in the primary care setting.

Dynamics of Family Health Care - Provides students with opportunities to study families within the community context.  Consideration is given to theories of family functioning and roles in family health care, nursing family assessment tools and other nursing intervention strategies.

Career Outlook for Nurse Practitioners

The future looks bright for those possessing advanced nursing education, such as an MSN - family nurse practitioner degree.  As the population grows and more people need health care, consumers, insurance companies, and the government are all looking for ways to meet the demand for high quality efficient health care.  The skill set of a family nurse practitioner offers a way for consumers to receive excellent care that is more accessible than otherwise might be available.  For this and other reasons, the Bureau of Labor Statistics antitipates an employment increase of 22 percent for nurses over a ten-year period ending in 2018.  For more information about the nursing field, go to

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