MS Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health
“Our faculty are all working nurse practitioners. They bring to the classroom and to the students current knowledge of what is happening in each of the fields that we teach.”
- Dr. Darla Gowan
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 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. This program is rapid and rigorous. Students are encouraged to prioritize learning and professional growth.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners – online with onsite components: The focus of Psychiatric Mental 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.
MSN Degree, Psychiatric Mental Health Track Outcomes
The graduate should be able to:
- Provide care for diverse populations with psychiatric mental health needs.
- Treat individuals with psychiatric mental health conditions across the lifespan.
- Collaborate with interprofessional healthcare teams and community organizations to provide care for individuals with multiple health needs.
- Serve as an advocate for vulnerable populations with psychiatric mental health conditions.
- Address the spiritual needs of the psychiatric mental health patient/client.
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
- 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.
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Psychiatric Mental Health||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
Below are the lists of requirements for the MS in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health 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.
Admission to all graduate nursing majors begins with submission of required application forms, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies. Adult Enrollment Services will receive applications. Applications will be kept on file for a period of 18 months. Acceptance into any graduate nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.
To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Graduate Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to:
- Interview with the committee; and/or
- Take the GRE
Criteria for regular admission to the MSN:
- B.S.N. or B.S. degree with a major in nursing from a regionally or nationally accredited program.
- Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed.
- Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof of an active, unencumbered nursing license. Applicants 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.
- Original transcript from the degree granting institution.
- At least one year of professional practice. Students applying for admission to the Primary Care (Family Nurse Practitioner) or the Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing major must have 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 Psychiatric Mental Health NP 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.
- If English is not the first language, satisfactory scores from one of the following is required:
- 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.
- Master’s degree in Nursing for Post-Master’s degree Certificate.
- Registered Nurse applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 10 years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission by Portfolio. These candidates may submit a Portfolio which includes:
- Current CV/resume including evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate for Professional Nursing Practice.
- An expanded goal statement, reflecting how they intend to make an impact in nursing with their MSN.
To graduate, students must have completed the following:
- Satisfactory completion of all core, major, and clinical requirements for the specific program.
- Minimum grade of “C” in each core (GNUR pre x) course and “B” in each major (NRA, NRE, PYC, PMHN pre xed) course.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.00
- The MSN degree programs must be completed within a maximum of four years from the date of enrollment; the dual MSN/MBA degree program must be completed within a maximum of five years from the date of enrollment.
- All financial obligations must be settled in order to receive a diploma.
Complete the Online Application
This is your first step toward making your dreams come true for your future. Whether it's to advance your current career, start a new career path, or simply continue that lifelong love of learning, Indiana Wesleyan University is the place for you.
Additional Steps to Apply
Official transcripts are required from the baccalaureate degree-granting institution. Indiana Wesleyan University will accept for its permanent file only those transcripts sent in a sealed envelope directly to Indiana Wesleyan University by the registrar of the attended institution(s). 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.
College Transcripts from Non-U.S. Schools
For college transcripts from non-U.S. schools, secure a "Course-by-Course Report" from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Be sure to request that the report be sent directly to us at the address below. The evaluation must list course-by-course hours and grades.
2. Recommendation Forms
Applicants are required to submit three recommendation forms, one each from a former instructor, a pastor or someone with whom the applicant has worked in the past year who can attest to the applicant's service record or character, and a direct supervisor. You must use the forms that are provided.
3. Criminal History Check
A criminal history background check must be conducted on all applicants prior to enrollment in the program, at the applicant's expense. Admission may depend on the results of this check.
4. TOEFL Scores
Submit a copy of your TOEFL scores if English is not your primary language. For more information about this test, visit www.toefl.org.
NOTE: To assist in the decision-making process, the applicant may be required to interview and/or complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). All students may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.
Below are the program locations, upcoming dates, and meeting times for the Master of Science in Nursing - Psychiatric Mental Health 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.