2023-2024 Catalog


MSN - Primary Care Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner)

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a major in Primary Care Nursing and a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner prepares registered nurses as Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP). 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. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for family nurse practitioner certification by the appropriate credentialing body. 

The Primary Care Nursing (FNP) program at Indiana Wesleyan University is committed to transforming students to be world changers through an integrated experience of advanced intellectual challenge, evidence-based professional growth, and servant leadership development.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Provide primary care to diverse populations across the lifespan.
  • Initiate an evidence-based approach to improve primary care practice.
  • Collaborate with multiple professions to provide care for individuals, families, and communities with complex health needs.
  • Integrate a Christian perspective in providing primary care.
  • Influence healthcare policy, organization, and finance in primary care practice.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all Masters Nursing majors begins with submission of required application forms, letters of recommendation, and official transcripts of previous college and university studies.  Acceptance into any Masters Nursing program will remain valid for a period of 18 months.

To assist in the decision-making process, the Division of Masters Nursing reserves the right to require the applicant to interview and/or take the GRE.

  • 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. 
  • All applicants must provide three letters of professional reference. References should be 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. These letters should be solicited from professionals who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the MSN or doctoral programs.
  • Original transcript from the undergraduate degree granting institution and institution where graduate courses have been taken. 
  • A criminal history background check (at the student's expense) must be completed upon admission to any track of the Masters Nursing program. A criminal background check must be completed within six weeks following the start of the program. Upon request, documentation of background checks, required health information, immunization information, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports
  • Students applying for admission to the Nurse Practitioner programs must have at least 500 hours of RN direct patient contact and/or care for patients within the year prior to admission.

Criteria for regular admission are:

  • B.S.N. or B.S. degree with a major in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the ED and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA). . Registered Nurse applicants who have a non-nursing bachelor's degree and a minimum of ten years of recent experience in nursing practice may also be considered for admission by Portfolio. These candidates may submit a Portfolio which includes a current CV/resume including evidence of accomplishments in nursing based on The Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale from the baccalaureate degree granting institution at which at least a minimum of 30 hours was completed. 


  • Gradate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited school at least nine credit were completed. 

Criteria for conditional admission are:

Applicants who do not meet the GPA listed in the criteria for regular admission and have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take 9- credit hours of masters nursing courses to establish a graduate GPA.

  • Students who have earned a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses, will meet the criteria for regular admission.
  • An unsatisfactory grade (C- or lower in any GNUR course) while conditionally admitted will result in administrative withdrawal from the program and denial of regular admission.
  • Students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA by the completion of 9-credit hours in master nursing courses will be denied regular admission. 

Program Requirements

  • All courses must be successfully completed in the sequence prescribed by the program's requirements.  Failure to successfully complete a course will result in an administrative withdrawal from the program.
  • Any student found to have falsified clinical/practicum hours will be immediately dismissed and not allowed to re-enter any Masters Nursing program at IWU.
  • Students must meet all practicum agency requirements.  Family Nurse Practitioner students must have health clearance and documentation of TB, Rubella, MMR, flu vaccine, and Hepatitis B and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. A second criminal background check and drug screen (at the student's expense) will be required for all Nurse Practitioner students prior to the first practicum course. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports.
  • Students who maintain continuous enrollment, who make normal progress toward a degree, and who earn their degree within the major program's maximum time from the date of enrollment may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner students will be academically dismissed upon receipt of a second unsatisfactory grade.
  • Students must maintain an RN license that is active and unencumbered at all times during
    enrollment in the program. Students must have a valid unencumbered RN license in the state(s) of the practicum sites. If students have multiple state licenses, all must be unencumbered. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the School of Integrated Health if the status of his or her RN license changes. Students will be administratively withdrawn from the program at any point if this status is not maintained.

Clinical Compliance Documentation:

  • Before beginning any clinical or practicum experiences, students must meet all practicum agency requirements (at the student's expense). All Advanced Practice Registered Nursing students, and as required other students, must complete a second criminal background check and a drug screen, and submit documentation of health clearance, immunizations, and meet any other requirements of the practicum site before any client contact. In addition, random drug testing (ex. annually) or drug testing based on reasonable suspicion can be implemented at any time and without prior notice. Students who do not comply will be dismissed from the program. Progression in the program is dependent on the results of the reports. 
  • Upon request, documentation of required health information, background check reports, drug screening results, and other required information may be provided to healthcare facilities where the student will be completing clinical/practicum requirements as part of their required course of study.

Re-enrollment policy for Primary Care Majors

Any Nurse Practitioner student who is out of class for more than six months must meet the following criteria to continue in the program:

  • If a student is out of a nurse practitioner program for more than six months, the student must take and successfully achieve a passing score on the track specific competency exam(s) for advanced pharmacology, pathophysiology, and physical assessment.
  • The Advanced Physical Assessment exam is only offered onsite. The student will be required to conduct a complete history and physical on a client, including written documentation.
  • If the student does not pass the appropriate competency exam(s) with a passing score, s/he will be required to audit the pertinent course(s) and satisfactorily pass the appropriate competency exam(s) before being allowed to re-enroll in the Masters Nursing program.
  • The student requesting to re-enroll is responsible to pay for each competency exam and course audit.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of all core, major, and clinical requirements for the specific program.
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each core (GNUR prefix) course and "B" in each major (PYC prefix) course.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • The MSN degree programs must be completed within a maximum of four years from the date of enrollment.
  • PYC students must complete a minimum of 700 hours of supervised practicum with no less than 700 patient encounters. Out of the total 700 encounters students must complete a minimum of 300 adult patient encounters, (40 of these related to women’s health), and 150 Pediatric encounters.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.

Primary Care Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) - Program of Study

All courses must be completed with a satisfactory grade in order to continue in the program.

Core Courses

All core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
GNUR-501Evidence Based Communication


GNUR-525Ethics and Health Policy


GNUR-510Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice


GNUR-530Utilization of Research for Evidence Based Practice


GNUR-529Epidemiology & Care of Populations


Major Courses

All major courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or higher.
PYC-513Introduction to Professional Development for Advanced Practice in Primary Care Nursing


PYC-602Professional Role Development for the Advanced Practice Nurse


PYC-614Advanced Pathophysiology


PYC-612Advanced Pharmacology


PYC-660Advanced Health Assessment


PYC-681Primary Care Across the Lifespan I


PYC-682Primary Care Across the Lifespan II


PYC-683Primary Care Across the Lifespan III


Total Credit Hours:49


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