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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree is designed to prepare nurses who demonstrate advanced practice nursing skills, professional leadership, and foster a research climate in the practice of nursing. The MSN degree offers the Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, acute (AGNP- Acute), Adult Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Nursing Education (NED), and Nursing Management and Leadership (NML) options.

The University of Southern Indiana Graduate Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036-1120, (202) 887-6791.

The following faculty are responsible for the advanced practice nursing clinical courses. Each faculty is academically prepared and credentialed in the area they teach and meet requirements needed for graduate nursing programs to be nationally accredited. Further information about faculty or the program can be found on the Web site https://www.usi.edu/health or by calling 812-465-1154.

Clinical Faculty Information

Mellisa Hall, DNP, RN, AGPCNP –BC, FNP-BC
Graduate Program Chair 
mhall@usi.edu
812-492-7803

Michelle Wakefield, RN, MSN, NP-C
Family Nurse Practitioner Program
mjwakefiel@usi.edu   
812-492-7809

Amy Thornton, DNP, AGACNP-BC
Acute Gerontology Acute Care
Nurse Practitioner Program
amthornton1@usi.edu

Katherine Riedford RN PhD, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
kmriedford@usi.edu
812 461-5369

M. Jane Swartz, RN, DNP, CNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
mswartz3@usi.edu
812-465-1162