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Indiana Nursing Programs and Degrees Guide

The following guide contains key information on the many undergraduate and graduate nursing programs available in the state of Indiana. Indiana’s colleges and universities offer a diverse menu of concentrations within the nursing major, including women’s health, nurse midwifery, nursing education, neonatal, family nurse practitioner, and psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. Students searching for a flexible and convenient alternative to earning a traditional college degree may want to pursue a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in nursing as offered by many online universities like Kaplan University and Walden University.

Indiana School Facts:

  • 21 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in nursing.
  • 28 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing.
  • 15 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in nursing.
  • Highest graduation rate: Saint Mary’s College 78%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate: Indiana University, Kokomo 41%.1
  • Highest net price: Saint Mary’s College $26,244.1
  • Lowest net price: Purdue University, North Central Campus $7,210.1
  • Annual undergrad tuition range for schools in Indiana with a bachelor’s in nursing program: $14,725 – $33,280.2
  • 7 schools in US News Best Nursing Schools (2011) Top 100: Indiana University (15), Purdue University (15), Purdue University West Lafayette (50), Indiana State University (79), University of Indianapolis (99), University of Saint Francis (99), and Valparaiso University (99).

Keep reading below to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs offered at several of Indiana’s leading colleges and universities.

Bachelor’s in Nursing Programs in Indiana

Marian University
Marian University features a traditional, or generic, undergraduate nursing program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) as well as an accelerated online BSN program. The accelerated online BSN program, which pairs online coursework with on-site clinical rotations, can be completed in as few as 16 months. Under the traditional program, nursing major requirements generally take six semesters to complete. Marian’s BSN coursework includes dosage calculations, human growth and development, mental health nursing, and leadership management. Both BSN programs are geared toward students who do not already possess a college degree. Students will complete a total of six mandatory clinical rotations with each rotation at a different facility that focuses on different areas of nursing, such as pediatric and adult gerontology. Nursing majors are also encouraged to join the Marion University Student Nurses Association (MUSNA) and, for those who are academically eligible, Sigma Theta Tau.

University of Saint Francis
The University of Saint Francis’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program prepares graduates to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Students must complete 128 to 130 credits of general college coursework and nursing courses to fulfill degree requirements. The program traditionally takes four years to complete. Nursing coursework encompasses nursing leadership, medical surgical nursing, nursing care of children and adolescents, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Registered nurses who want to earn a BSN may want to consider the department’s online RN to BSN program. Academically-gifted nursing majors may want to pursue the ACE (Achieving Credits Early) BSN program, which takes three years to complete.

Master’s in Nursing Programs in Indiana

Indiana University
Indiana University confers the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of nine concentrations: adult acute care nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, and nursing leadership in health systems. All nursing students will complete, in addition to coursework specific to the concentration, core courses including nursing theory, leadership for advanced practice nursing, nursing research methods, and either a nursing study or a master’s thesis. The Nursing Department is also home to the Resource Center for Innovation in Clinical Nursing Education, a clinical simulator lab. Graduate students may be eligible for available scholarships and assistantships in the nursing department.

University of Indianapolis
Graduate students at the University of Indianapolis can pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in one of several concentrations, including primary care family nurse practitioner, primary care adult/gerontology nurse practitioner, women’s health, nurse midwifery, nursing education, neonatal, and nursing and health systems leadership. Students will complete between 39 and 55 credits and between 240 and 1,035 clinical hours depending on the concentration. Each concentration also has a mandatory research project. Prospective applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nursing license. Successful applicants may begin the program in the fall, in the spring, or in the summer semester.

Student Reviews

I am currently enrolled in the Accelerated Nursing Program at Indiana University Northwest; this program thus far has been very enjoyable and an excellent learning experience. I have been given so many opportunities to practice my skills in a clinical setting and the staff is always helpful and encouraging. The most rewarding aspect of the program is that it will only take me 18 months to complete; so while it is fast-paced and very busy, it is worth it to be able to finish so quickly. I have made so many great friends in this program and I feel as though I am more prepared to begin my practice than students from other schools.” – Student at Indiana University Northwest
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The teachers [at Ivy Tech Community College] made the learning experience easier. The classes were pretty difficult but worth it. My favorite class was the psyc class. I loved learning about how a persons mind works and about patterns that are in the mind. I wish I would have done my classes in a different order I think that this would have helped me understand the material better.” – Student at Ivy Tech Community College
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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&state=IN&sort=best