Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long does the MSN/MBA program take to complete?

A: The 60-credit-hour program can be completed in approximately 36 months.

Q: Do I need to obtain a state nursing license?

A: Students must be licensed in the state in which the practicum experience will occur.

Q: How do I find a clinical placement site?

A: Students arrange their own clinical experiences. The Division of Graduate Nursing maintains a file of clinical sites used by students.

Q: What is the difference between a physician’s assistant and a nurse practitioner?

A: Nurse practitioners bring to the practice a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of one year of nursing practice, plus the graduate degree with 700 hours of advanced practicum. Upon completion of the master's degree, nurse practitioners are eligible to practice autonomously with prescriptive authority and a collaborative agreement with a licensed physician.

Physician's assistants are prepared to assess and diagnose, but are not licensed for autonomous practice, prescriptive authority, or direct reimbursement, depending on the state in which they practice.

Q: Do I have to pass a certification exam in order to practice?

A: Advanced practice laws regulating the criteria for licensure vary from state to state. Current law in Indiana does not require certification. However, those seeking to be credentialed by Medicare and approved for third-party reimbursement on certain licensure plans will find certification a requirement. Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky currently require national certification for licensure.

Q: What is prescriptive authority?

A: In Indiana, nurse practitioners who have completed a master's program that includes advanced Pharmacology, advanced Pathophysiology, and advanced Physical Assessment are eligible to apply for a license to prescribe medications, including controlled substances. Renewal of the prescriptive authority requires thirty (30) hours of continuing education contact every two years.

Q: What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?

A: Admission is granted by evaluation of undergraduate GPA, references and writing samples. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a probationary status at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

Q: Is financial aid available?

A: Numerous loans, grants, and scholarships are available. All applicants may seek more specific financial aid information through the Financial Aid Office.

Q: Currently, I am a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in another major. What do I need to do to apply for the MSN/MBA program?

A: Students with a non-nursing major who have a minimum of 10 years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission. These candidates must also submit a portfolio which verifies a minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice and includes a current CV/résumé with evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on the nine Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and an expanded goal statement reflecting how the applicant intends to make an impact in nursing with an MSN.
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