Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner
The Master of Science in Nursing-Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program trains you to enter clinical practice as a primary care family nurse practitioner and prepares you to:
- Practice in an advanced nursing role in a variety of settings
- Practice independently and collaboratively to improve the health of individuals and their families, especially for under-served and vulnerable populations
- Provide competent, comprehensive, culturally appropriate care to individuals and their families across the life span
- Educate paraprofessionals, professionals, clients, families and communities regarding health care issues of individuals and their families
- Participate in clinical research that incorporates evidence-based care and extends knowledge in advanced nursing practice relevant to individuals and their families
- Incorporate Christian values and ethical decision-making into clinical practice
- Assume leadership roles in influencing health policies that promote high quality, cost-effective care for individuals and their families
UIndy's 2014 graduates of the MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner program achieved a 100% pass rate on the AANP national FNP Certification Exam.
The FNP program is 49 credit hours, with 645 clinical hours, and is completed on a part-time basis. By taking two classes at a time, you can complete the program in about two and a half years (three full academic years, along with the summers in between each year), though you have up to six years to complete the degree. Part-time employment during school is possible, but must be flexible to provide time for clinical hours once the clinical sequence begins.
Courses are a combination of hybrid (on-campus classes with online components) and online. On-campus classes meet one day per week on campus.
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The curriculum includes 15 classes, clinical hours and completion of a scholarly project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Classes include both non-clinical core courses and clinical courses, which must be taken in a prescribed sequence. Our advisors will work with you to help you stay on track.
Clinical hour requirements include experiences in diverse settings, which allow you to develop skills under a variety of circumstances. You'll work one-on-one with faculty members to find preceptor locations that meet your learning goals.
Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $692/credit hour. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students. ►
When can I start?
Non-clinical core courses are offered on a regular semester schedule. Students can apply at any time and begin courses in August, January or May.