MS Nursing - Primary Care
“Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing is nationally credited. What this means for the prospective student is we will provide you with the most up-to-date, evidence-based information that you will need to practice nursing.”
- Dr. Sheila Virgin
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at Indiana Wesleyan University’s School of Nursing prepares the student to serve in a variety of settings, from the most prestigious hospitals and primary care settings to meeting the vital needs of the global community. The curricula ascribes to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s, The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the competencies prescribed by the respective professional specialty organizations. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for certification by the appropriate specialty credentialing body.
Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioners
Online with Onsite Components
The focus of Primary Care is the interrelationship of theory, research, and evidence-based practice. Opportunities for development of critical thinking and clinical problem-solving skills are provided throughout the program through the guidance of student selected, university approved preceptors at clinical sites near their home.
This online program is rapid and rigorous. While we understand the need for adults to continue working, students are encouraged to prioritize learning and professional growth.
Relevant and Convenient
- Complete your coursework in an accelerated format
- Cohort members provide mutual support
- One-time registration, no more registration deadlines
- All online classes, except five workshops for clinical orientation and the Advanced and Health Assessment course
- Faculty are experienced professionals and care about you and your academics
- Books and materials are delivered to you and are included in the cost of the program
- Scholarship, loan programs and financial aid may be available
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Primary Care (FNP)||49 Total||$613 / credit hour1|
* Effective July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017.
1 Onsite Tuition Costs.
The total cost of the program, including tuition, books, and fees, will be determined prior to your enrollment. The cost will be divided into several payments spread over the course of the program. Course textbooks will be shipped to you before each course begins. The cost of books increases for shipments outside of the 48 contiguous United States.
The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. For prerequisite or other required courses if applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.
Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and even employer reimbursement.
Financial aid is not available for unclassified students.
Below is the list of courses required to complete the program. Courses are generally taken sequentially, one at a time, until the program is complete. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles below. For further information, feel free to contact us.
Preview Your Classes
Primary Care Major
Below are the lists of requirements for the MS in Nursing - Primary Care program. Click on each link to expand the requirements. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.
Criteria for regular admission are:
- Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited program. Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing may also apply by meeting the following additional criteria:
- A minimum of 10 years experience in nursing practice.
- There will be a $200 (non-refundable) portfolio review fee for applicants who do not have a BSN degree
- Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution at which a minimum of 30 credit hours was completed.
- Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered. Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
- Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
- Official transcripts from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution.
- At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner major must have at least 500 hours of direct contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.
- A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants with the initial application for enrollment in the program, at the applicant’s expense. A second background check and drug screen will be conducted for Primary Care students prior to the rst practicum experience, at the student’s expense. Admission and/or progression in the program may depend on the results of these checks.
- Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if English is not your primary language. A score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (Internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission.
NOTE: All students may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.
To fulfill graduation requirements, students must have completed all of the following:
- All credits required in the course of studies with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Minimum grade of “C” in each core course and “B” in each major course.
- Satisfactory fulﬁllment of all practicum requirements.
- Program must be completed within four (4) years from the date of enrollment. Fees are associated with various courses and are subject to change. Students who extend beyond the maximum time to complete the program may incur more fees.
- Payment of all tuition and fees.
To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Nursing degree programs, complete each of the following steps. For more information, call 866-498-4968 to speak with a Program Representative.
Apply online at www.indwes.edu.
Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file, only those transcripts mailed directly to IWU by the registrar of the attended institution. Official transcripts must exhibit the official seal and signature of the registrar. Transcripts that are stamped “student copy,” “issued to student,” or “unofficial” cannot be accepted as official. If the applicant completed less than 30 credit hours at the baccalaureate degree-granting institution, all previous transcripts will be required.
For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a “Course-by-Course Report” from Educational Credential Evaluators (see www.ece.org). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to Indiana Wesleyan University. The evaluation must list course-by-course credit hours and grades.
- Recommendation Forms
Applicants are required to submit three recommendation forms from persons familiar with your scholarship, character, and leadership. You must use the standard IWU forms found on our website.
- TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, see www.toefl.org.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Master of Science in Nursing - Primary Care program. This list is updated regularly as new classes are added. The Family Nurse Practitioner track is primarily online. One course, GNUR-552, will meet onsite from 6 - 10 each workshop night at the location indicated on the core calendar.
Mission and Outcomes
Graduate nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University provides a Christian academic environment to prepare students to become world changers. This is accomplished by transforming students through an integrated experience of advanced intellectual challenge, evidence-based professional growth and servant leadership development.
Graduate Nursing Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be able to:
- Employ authentic transformational servant leadership to influence positive change across the health care spectrum.
- Utilize critical inquiry to advance the discipline and profession of nursing.
- Lead innovative health care solutions for diverse populations.
- Advocate a Christ-like perspective in professional relationships and practice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does the Graduate Nursing major take to complete?
Q: Do I need to obtain a state nursing license?
Q: How do I find a clinical placement site?
Q: What is the difference between a physician's assistant and a nurse practitioner?
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?
Q: What is prescriptive authority?
Q: What if my undergraduate GPA is below 3.0?
Q: Is financial aid available?
Q: How much of the program is available online?
- Primary Care: The first year of classes meet online. Advanced Health Status Assessment is the only onsite course and is held in either the Greenwood Education Center or the Florence Education Center. Onsite classes meet from 6 to 10 p.m.
- Nursing Education: This program is 100% online.
- Nursing Administration: This program is 100% online.
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 Master of Science in Nursing degree program?
The IWU Division of Graduate Nursing is designed to offer a Christ-centered approach to improving your craft as a nursing professional. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in the field; many currently maintain a clinical practice, conduct research, and contribute to scholarly literature. Faculty and students are encouraged to contribute to the nursing profession through lifelong learning and scholarly endeavors.
Learn more about our faculty by visiting the School of Nursing.