The College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI strives to ensure our graduate students are successful in their professional, personal, and academic careers. Graduates of our Master of Science in Nursing program are able to integrate critical thinking, independent judgment, provide leadership, synthesize knowledge, and promote the essential values of caring in their professional and personal lives.
The Graduate Nursing Program offers the following specialty areas:
The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner - Acute graduate acquires knowledge and experience to provide direct health care services from late adolescents to adults across the life span for the purposes of health promotion and protection, disease prevention, and the management of common acute and chronic illnesses. The Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Acute can work in a variety of clinical settings such as acute care hospitals, long term care facilities, physician offices, urgent care centers, and ambulatory care centers and can treat late adolescents through the lifespan. There are a total of 42 credit hours in the specialty with 660 clinical hours. (program and course information)
A graduate of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner-Acute program is prepared to:
The Adult-Gerontology 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. (program and course information)
The Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate is prepared to:
The Family Nurse Practitioner graduate 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 and 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 treating 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. (program and course information)
The family nurse practitioner graduate is prepared to:
The 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 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 655 clinical hours. (Program and Course Information)
A graduate of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty is prepared to:
The Nursing Education specialty prepares the nurse to be an educator in schools of nursing or health care institution 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 42 credit hours in the specialty. (program and course information)
The nursing education graduate is prepared to:
The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice and post-graduate APRN certificate at the University of Southern Indiana are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).
The Graduate Nursing program is offered online. NEW 2018 - Campus Visits Required.
We offer admission into the program once a year and work with our students to provide a Plan of Study that allows for timely graduation and achievement of their goals.
Are you an out-of-state student interested in pursuing a distance learning degree at USI? Check your availability.
The MSN and Post MSN online programs are limited to working with certain states in the U.S. only. Moving into a state not recognized by the graduate nursing program will lead to inability to continue in MSN coursework. The exception to this is active military status.