School of Nursing

Policies and Procedures


Academic Standing

Good Standing - Students who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and earn a grade of "B-" (2.7) or better in all didactic courses and a grade of "S" in all required practicum/clinical courses will be considered in good standing.


Indiana University Southeast is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. Phone: (800) 621-7440. The master's degree program in nursing at Indiana University Southeast is accredited by the Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

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 two years experience as an RN, strongly preferred, 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 Transcripts from all prior schools where you received a degree, and/or completed graduate courses.
  8. Submission of the following:
    • Personal Statement - See website for directions.
    • Two professional references - See website for directions. 
    • CV/Résumé
9. Payment of the application fee. 
  • Special Note to 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.

Criminal Background Check 

Many of the clinical sites where graduate students complete clinical/practicum experiences are now requiring verification of criminal history before students can be placed in their organizations. Based on requirements of these agencies, as well as state and federal regulations, all students must provide evidence that they have submitted to a national criminal history check. Background checks must be submitted at the time of MSN Program application and is kept in the student’s file. This is a one time requirement in the MSN program. To initiate check, start at this site. 

Essential Abilities Requirement

  1. The essential abilities criteria and procedure will be included in the IU Southeast Bulletin and incorporated into informational packets given to students interested in the nursing program.
  2. Applicants accepting admission to the nursing program will be required to sign a letter of agreement that specifies the essential abilities criteria. This agreement states they have read and understand that they will be expected to meet the essential abilities in all settings and situations while an IUS nursing student.
  3.  Students questioning their physical, emotional or mental ability to meet the essential abilities criteria will be encouraged to address their inquiries with the IUS Coordinator of Disabilities Services.
  4. Students with physical, emotional, mental health or learning disabilities (documented by a physician, psychologist, or qualified healthcare professional) will be guided by the Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services regarding appropriate accommodations. Students with disabilities must meet the essential abilities criteria with (or without) reasonable accommodations.
  5. Faculty has the responsibility to determine when a student has failed to demonstrate these essential abilities. Faculty has the right to request consultation from recognized experts as deemed appropriate.
  6. Students failing to meet these essential abilities, as determined by faculty, at any point in their academic program may have their progress interrupted until they have demonstrated their ability to meet these essential abilities within negotiated time frames.
  7. Students will be dismissed from their program of study if faculty determines that they are unable to meet these essential abilities.
  8. Students failing to demonstrate these essential abilities criteria, as determined by the faculty, may appeal this adverse determination in accordance with the Indiana University Southeast's appeal procedures.


Graduation Requirements

  1. 39 credit hours of completed course work in the nursing curriculum
  2. Grade point average of 3.0 (B) or above
  3. Grade of B- or above in each required course
  4. Incomplete, deferred grades removed from the transcript
  5. Course work completed within six years of enrollment in nursing courses

Learning Outcomes

The MSN program will be evaluated on the practice of the graduates compared to stated program learning outcomes:

  1. Model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex health care system.
  2. Conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical–legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  3. Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
  4. Demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. Frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes, and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources to achieve quality health outcomes.
  6. Use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage and transform data that inform clinical practice.
  7. Systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems, and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
  8. Demonstrate collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  9. Articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  10. Engage in life-long learning activities that contribute to professional development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

Academic Bulletins

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Current Bulletin

2021-2023 Graduate Bulletin

Past Bulletins

2019-2021 Graduate Bulletin

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