MSN Program Philosophy
The faculty of Indiana University Northwest's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, understand the need for and the value of a culturally diverse workforce. Our faculty are committed to preparing advanced specialists who model excellence in nursing and use creativity to support the commitment, responsibility, and accountability for the advancement of human health.
Family Nurse Practitioner Track Purpose Statement
The family nurse practitioner (FNP) track is dedicated to advancement of evidence-based clinical practice within diverse healthcare settings. Graduates are prepared to expand their knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, and health education with a focus on improving regional health care delivery and overall health of the people and communities of Northwest Indiana, one of the most diverse areas of the state. Graduates are eligible for national certification as family nurse practitioners.
- 42 credit hours delivered in seven semesters (including summers). The program runs year-round and is designed to be completed on a part-time basis. The one stipulation: all MSN-FNP requirements must be completed within 4.5 (10 semesters) of program enrollment.
- Course scheduling is flexible, using blended methods; classes meet one day per week or less.
- The program includes two major learning sections:
- Pre-clinical courses that provide a core foundation for advanced practice
- Clinical courses that build on the pre-clinical foundation and add knowledge and skills used during direct clinical experiences
- The curriculum includes a minimum of 600 clinical hours under the guidance of faculty members and preceptors.
- Students practice in a variety of family practice health care settings in keeping with the student's individual career goals and the program's learning objectives.
IU Northwest Master’s Degree Program Outcomes
Graduates of the IU Northwest School of Nursing MSN program will:
- Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex healthcare system.
- Perform advanced nursing practice within ethical/legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
- Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
- Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes and measure outcome achievement while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes.
- Use information technology and knowledge based resources to manage and transform data that informs clinical practice.
- Systemically apply knowledge from research findings and best evidence to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
- Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
- Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
- Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as the advancement of nursing.