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MSN Admission Critera

Admission to the Indiana University South Bend School of Nursing master's program requires approval by the faculty and is based on the apllicant's qualifications as evidenced by grade point average, statement of professional aspirations, official transcripts, references, etc. A personal interview may be requested. Acceptance into the program is competitive. The following criteria must be met for unconditional admission:
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary coursework.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or highero n a 4.0 scale from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • GRE testing is not required.
  • Copy of current Indiana RN license: Current unencumbered license as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Indiana. Applicant must also complete a form statement attesting that there is no action pending or have been taken against their licensure in Indiana or any other state they currently hold or have held a license to practice nursing or healthcare. International applicants not yet licensed by any state in the U.S. will need to submit evidence of passing the CGFNS exam before applying for an RN license in Indiana. A copy of your license must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Statistics grade (by transcript or current completion at IU South Bend): Applicants need to have a grade of B- or higher in a three credit, 300 level (or higher) class, and it must have been taken within the last five years of the date of application. If the applicant took a course that is not at 300 level, applicant may check with a graduate counselor or submit a course syllabus (not course description) to be reviewed for acceptability.
  • Essay (goal statement): A 250-word essay describing and explaining professional career aspirations as an advanced-practice nurse.
  • Computer skills: Verification of ability to use computer technologies including accessing, retrieving, receiving, and communicating information.
  • A test of English as a Foreign Language: Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Internet-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which has a speaking portion. The applicant's score must meet the requirements of the IU South Bend Office of Graduate Admissions. International students must apply through the Indiana University South Bend Office of International Student Services.
  • Essential abilities: Applicants must agree to the essential abilities policy of the School of Nursing. The policy states that students must demonstrate essential abilities in a variety of areas (judgmeent, neurological function, emotional coping skills, intellectual/conceptual skills, and other behavioral attributes) as well as meeting all progression criteria.
  • References: Applicants need three professional references form.
  • Criminal background check: Applicants must provide verification of a federal criminal background check within the past 12 months.
  • Clinical practice: Two years of full-time relevant clinical practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the past five years. Application may be made during the cycle when the two years of experience as an RN will be reached.
Curriculum Design: The MSN course work can be divided into two categories: preclinical and clinical courses.Preclinical courses include:
N502: Nursing Theory I (3 cr. hrs.)
R500: Nursing Research (3 cr. hrs.)
N504: Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing (3 cr. hrs.)
Y515: Pathophysiology (4 cr. hrs.)
Y612: Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners (3 cr. hrs.)
Y535: Dynamics of Family Health Care (3 cr. hrs.)
F570: Assessment of Individuals, Families & Communities (3 cr. hrs.)
R590: Nursing Study (1-3 cr. hrs.)
Clinical course include (each course is a comination of clinical and lecture):
F572: Primary Healthcare of Children (3 cr. hrs.)
F574: Primary Healthcare of Adults (3 cr. hrs.)
F576: Primary Healthcare of Women (3 cr. hrs.)
F578: Primary Healthcare of Families-Clinical (5 cr. hrs.)

Students must successfully complete all preclinical courses prior to enrolling in the clinical courses.
A three-credit hour elective can be taken at any time during the program. The three-credit hour elective must be graduate level (555 or above), and approved by the graduate advisor.

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