MS in Nursing
- Provide leadership in maintaining and promoting the values of caring, integrity, accountability, competence, collegiality and life-long learning.
The graduate nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Accreditation is an indication of public approbation, attesting to the quality of the educational programs and the continued commitment of the sponsoring institution to support the programs. For further information about the accreditation of these programs, please contact the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education at the following address: One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120, Phone (202) 887-6791.
The MSN degree at the University of Southern Indiana offers the following specialty areas: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Nursing Education (NE), Nursing Management and Leadership (NML), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
The Acute Care Nurse Practitioner acquires knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services to adults across the lifespan for purposes of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The acute care nurse practitioner works in a variety of clinical settings that include, but are not limited to, acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory care centers. The population in acute care nurse practitioner practice consists of adults over the age of 18 years through the elderly. The acute care nurse practitioner focuses on adults across the lifespan experiencing acute and episodic chronic health problems. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 705 clinical hours.
Family Nurse Practitioner
The family nurse practitioner acquires a broad base of knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services to people of all ages for the purposes of health promotion, health protection, disease prevention, and management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The family nurse practitioner focuses on care of patients and families and functions primarily in ambulatory care settings. The population in primary care family practice includes newborns, infants, children, adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, adults, and the elderly. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 665 clinical hours.
The Nursing Education specialty prepares the nurse to be an educator in schools of nursing or health care institutions with skills in curriculum development and implementation, teaching strategies for the classroom and clinical setting, and measurement of student and program outcomes. There are a total of 39 credit hours in the specialty.
Nursing Management and Leadership
The Nursing Management and Leadership specialty prepares the nurse to assume a nursing management or leadership role in the health care environment. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of finance, business management, information management, and marketing resources management evaluation into the nursing management and leadership roles. There are a total of 39 credit hours in the specialty.
The Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced clinician holding a master’s degree who functions as an expert clinician, leader, researcher, educator, and consultant that exerts influence in three spheres: patient/family, nursing personnel, and organization system. The CNS graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide services to individuals in an area of specialization across the lifespan in health promotion, disease prevention, and management of common acute and / or chronic illness. The CNS works in a variety of clinical settings including acute care hospitals, community agencies, long term care, home care, and physician offices. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 545 clinical hours.
The family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner is an advanced clinician who has achieved a Master of Science in Nursing and provides psychiatric/mental health services to individuals across the lifespan. The role includes diagnosis, provision of therapies, and medication management for individuals with psychiatric/mental health problems. Health promotion, disease prevention and management of mental health symptoms along with family consultation and education are included in the role. The family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner practices in various clinical settings including acute care and chronic care hospitals, community agencies, long term care facilities, home care, and outpatient offices. There are a total of 44 credit hours in the specialty with 645 clinical hours.