School of Nursing

Master’s Degree In Nursing

For program information, contact Graduate Program Assistant Dean Mary Bourke, PhD, at 765.455.9326 or

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at IU Kokomo is a 39 credit hour curriculum designed to prepare registered nurses with advanced practice nursing knowledge in the areas of nursing education or nursing administration. Students begin their study with classroom-based didactic courses in a hybrid format, building the theoretical and contextual background necessary for advanced nursing practice. Students progress to specific courses in either nursing education or nursing administration.

The MSN program is comprised of three components:
  1. Nursing core courses:
  • NURS-R 500 Nursing Research
  • NURS-N 502 Nursing Theory
  • NURS-R 505 Measurement and Data Analysis
  • NURS-Y 510 & NURS-Y 520 Advanced Practice Nursing Concepts I and II
  • NURS-I 630 Introduction to Nursing Informatics
  1. Education or Administration track

  Administration track courses:

  • NURS-L 574 Administrative Management in Nursing
  • NURS-L 671 Financial Management
  • NURS-N 504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • NURS-L 530 Legal Environment of Health Care
  • NURS-L 579 Nursing Administration Practicum
  • NURS-R 590 Nursing Study.

Administration track graduates will be prepared to serve in nursing leadership and nursing administrative roles that may provide opportunities for enhanced health care delivery systems and ultimately improved health for the citizens of our regions. The program prepares graduates to take administrative certification exams through either the the American Organization of Nurse Executives or the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Education track courses:

  • NURS-T 615 Curriculum in Nursing
  • NURS-T 617 Evaluation in Nursing
  • NURS-T 670 Teaching in Nursing
  • NURS-T 619 Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators
  • NURS-T 679 Nursing Education Practicum and NURS-R 590 nursing study.

Education track graduates will be prepared to serve in the nurse educator role by teaching in schools of nursing or as educational staff for clinical agencies. The program prepares graduates for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam.

  1. A culminating experience for Administration track or Education track.

Completion time: Approximately 2 years depending on how many credits a student chooses to take at a time and course availability. Courses include traditional classroom, hybrid, and online delivery formats.

MSN Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within the health care system.
  2. Function within an ethical-legal framework.
  3. Synthesize knowledge from nursing, biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to area of specialty.
  4. Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies clinical reasoning, critical, creative, and systems thinking.
  5. Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and maintain quality while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources.
  6. Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to inform practice.
  7. Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  8. Engage in lifelong learning activities that contribute to the professional nursing development and advancement of the nursing profession.
MSN Admission Requirements
  1. Graduation from an accredited baccalaureate degree program in nursing.
  2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Valid, unencumbered RN license in the state where practicum will be completed.
  4. At least one year experience as an RN or currently working as an RN.
  5. Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  6. Completion of a criminal background check.
  7. Submission of an Official College Transcript (Degree granting and graduate courses if applicable).
  8. Submission of the following:
    • Personal Statement - See website for directions.
    • Two professional references - See website for directions.
    • CV/Résumé
  9. Payment of an application fee.

International Students
In addition to the MSN admission requirements listed above, international students and students for whom English is not their primary language must submit TOEFL-iBT scores with a required total minimum of 80, and at least 20 for each section.


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