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Nursing Science

School of Nursing

University Dean
Distinguished Professor Angela Barron McBride

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Professor Linda M. Finke

Graduate Faculty

Distinguished Professor
Angela Barron McBride

Joan Austin, Constance Baker, Susan Bennett, Diane Billings, Penny S. Cass (K), Victoria D. Champion, Sharon Farley, Linda Finke, Daniel Pesut, Linda A. Rooda (NW), Phyllis Stern

Associate Professors
Jane Backer,* Mary Basolo-Kunzer* (SB), Cheryl Bean,* Janis Beckstrand, Donna Boland,* Karen Cobb,* Judith Csokasy* (K), Nancy Dayhoff, Eleanor Donnelly, Mary Fisher, Linda S. Gilman,* Sharon Holmberg, Sara Horton-Deutsch,* Marchusa Huff,* Betsy Joyce, Juanita Keck, M. Jan Keffer,* Joyce Krothe (B), Brenda Lyon, Rose Mays, Anna McDaniel, Wanda K. Mohr, Suzanne Morrissey,* Nancy A. Myers,* Deena Nardi (NW), Marian Pettengill (SB), Joanne Rains, Dixie Wiles Ray, Beverly Richards,* Virginia Richardson, Nancy Schlapman* (KO), Lee Schwecke,* Sharon Sims, Lillian Stokes,* Melinda Swenson, Linda D. Urden, Enid Zwirn*

Assistant Professors
Tamilyn Bakas,* Anne Belcher,* Jo Ann Brooks-Brunn, Janie Canty-Mitchell,* Linda Delunas* (NW), Teresa Dobrzykowski* (SB), Marsha Ellett, Pamela Jeffries,* Beverly Linde,* Joanne Martin,* Marian A. McKay,* Patricia Pierce (SB), Mary Beth Riner,* Barbara Ross* (C), Rebecca Sloan, Janet Welch*

Adjunct Professor
Theodore Petti (Medicine)

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Eric Wright (Sociology)

Clinical Associate Professor
Mary M. Rogge*

Clinical Assistant Professors
Connie Rowles,* Cynthia Stone*

Senior Scientist
Betsy Fife

C after a faculty member’s name indicates that the person teaches at the Columbus campus; E, at East; K, at Kokomo; NW, at Northwest; SB, at South Bend; and SE, at Southeast.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. degree) is offered through the University Graduate School. In addition, the School of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing Science (M.S.N. degree). The Indiana University School of Nursing also offers dual degree programs with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Center on Philanthropy. See the School of Nursing Graduate Program Bulletin.

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Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

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Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The primary goal of the Doctor of Philosophy of Nursing Science Program at the Indiana University School of Nursing is the preparation of scholars in the following fields of study: Environments for Health, Acute and Chronic Health Problems, Health Promotion, and Family Health Adaptation. Graduates will develop and disseminate to professionals and the public alike new knowledge related to these areas.

  1. Environments for Health. Environments that influence health and the delivery of health care, both in traditional health care settings and in the community, are the focus of this area. Pertinent studies include factors in environments that influence the health of groups as well as studies of environments in which health care is delivered; the emphasis is on the system and how it affects individuals rather than on individuals per se.
  2. Health Promotion. Nursing’s core values involve a commitment to health promotion, disease prevention, and health restoration-with an emphasis on facilitating the whole person and encouraging self-help. Research that builds on those beliefs and considers the relationship between physiological and behavioral aspects of health is the focus of this area. The emphasis is on nursing’s role in helping individuals to monitor and improve their health and quality of life. Studies examine human behaviors related to health promotion, factors that influence health-seeking behaviors, and interventions that promote optimal health for individuals by influencing health behaviors.
  3. Acute and Chronic Health Problems. Individuals who have an acute or chronic health problem often need intervention to facilitate the management of the specific problem. Intervention may focus on influencing the behavior of the patient as well as the caregiver, and toward that end, nurse researchers in this focus area examine human responses to acute and chronic health problems and the factors that influence these responses; individual and group factors that contribute to or influence the course of health problems; and effectiveness of the nursing therapeutics used in the care of persons with health problems.
  4. Family Health Adaptation. Nursing’s awareness of the facts that no one lives in isolation and that the person-environment fit is important forms the philosophical base for this focus area. All individuals live within a social system of significant others, and while the term “family” has evolved through the years and sometimes seems to defy universal definition, the notion of nurturing relationships-regardless of specific life stage or lifestyle-is central to human existence and plays a critical role in health promotion, maintenance, and treatment. Research in this area explores the family dimensions of health and adaptation by focusing on “family” as the unit of care rather than on individuals in the context of family. These dimensions include family development, family definition of health, family access to health care, family support to sick individuals, and impact of health problems on the family.
Admission Requirements
The following criteria will need to be met for consideration for admission:
  1. Successful completion of a baccalaureate in nursing or a master of science in nursing from a program within a regionally accredited institution or higher education (Indiana University School of Nursing faculty retain the right to determine acceptable accreditation status of nursing programs from which applicants have graduated).
  2. A baccalaureate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. For applicants holding the master’s degree, a graduate GPA of 3.5 or higher is required. (The master’s degree GPA will supersede the undergraduate GPA.)
  3. Completion of a three-credit statistics course with a grade of B (3.0) or higher within seven years before the date of proposed enrollment.
  4. Ability to secure current registered nurse licensure in Indiana. Applicants whose program of study will not require contact with patients may be exempted from the licensure requirement by the IU School of Nursing’s director of doctoral studies.
  5. Competitive scores (600 or better) on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination within the last five years.
  6. Competitive scores (550 or better) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose first language is not English. A test of written English is also required.
  7. A two to three-page essay summarizing immediate and long-range professional goals and a proposed area of research.
  8. Evidence of the capacity for original scholarship and research in nursing, as demonstrated by reports, published and unpublished papers, or a thesis.
  9. Three references, including at least one from a nurse faculty member who has knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability from the undergraduate or master’s work.
  10. An interview with a member(s) of the Doctoral Studies Advisory Committee.
  11. A letter of support from a nursing faculty member with Full Graduate Faculty status, who has agreed to be a research mentor.
Course Requirements
The 90 credit hour curriculum includes the following four concentrations:
  1. Theory, Research, and Statistics (24 cr.)
  2. Nursing Science and Research (30 cr.)
  3. External Cognate Minor (12 cr.)
  4. Dissertation (24 cr.)
Thirty credit hours of the 90 credit hour curriculum may be met by completed Master of Science course work.

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Dual Degree Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies

While the M.S.N. with a major in Nursing Administration provides an essential background for the nurse executive, the addition of the M.A. in Philanthropic Studies adds an appreciation of the philanthropic tradition and the skills to become accomplished developmental officers.

Admission requirements for the combined degree program are identical to those for each program separately. Separate application must be made to each of the two programs. Students are expected to take responsibility for learning about and meeting the admission requirements of each school individually which may differ from each other in application documents required, minimal standards of criteria for admission, and deadline dates. Applicants should apply for the combined degree option before completing 21 hours in the M.S.N. in Nursing Administration program and before completing the core requirements or 18 hours of the M.A. in Philanthropic Studies. Students must make plans early with advisors in both programs to identify (1) common courses and (2) thesis credit.

Study for the two degrees can be combined for a total of 60 hours rather than the 78 credit hours that would be required if the two degrees were taken separately. Two of the required courses for the M.S.N. are used as electives to meet the Philanthropic Studies requirement of two electives. The P590 Internship required for the M.A. will meet the Administrative Practicum requirement for the M.S.N. The M.A. thesis or approved doctoral-level courses, plus one additional approved course fulfill the required M.S.N. focus concentration. Students can choose between L671 or P512, and E514 in the M.A. program may be taken to meet the H514 requirement in the M.S.N. program.

Further information regarding regulations governing advanced degree programs may be obtained from the respective departments.

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See the School of Nursing Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of offerings.

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