Indiana State University (ISU)

Indiana State University's (ISU) nursing program provides a perfect blend of the traditional college experience and distance learning. ISU has the only fully online LPN-BSN degree in the nation. Schools Scholarships Student Support

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Indiana State University is a public institution that was founded in 1865. The nursing program has been part of ISU since 1963.

Programs offered at Indiana State University are from the LPN level to a DNP level of nursing.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

There are two on-campus program tracks offered:

Traditional four-year - Those who are entering without a degree or without LPN/RN licensure. This is a 4-year program combining pre-nursing and nursing courses.

Accelerated 2nd degree - This program is offered to students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. This program is 15 months long for the full-time student. For those attempting to complete the degree on a full-time basis, students should not be employed more than 12 hours a week.

Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track - LPN/LVN-BSN Program

The LPN/LVN program offers no waiting list to get started. You can complete your clinical hours in a facility in your area, if you are under a local preceptor. There are no campus visits required for this program.

Upon completion of the BSN, graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN exam, which upon successfully passing the exam, will lead to RN licensure in the individual state.

You can transfer up to 67 credits towards your degree program. The College Network will help those who are doing distance learning through Indiana State University.

Side note: Contact your state licensing authority to assure that upon completion of the Indiana State University LPN/LVN to BSN track of the baccalaureate nursing program, you are qualified to obtain a license or other form of certification.


Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN)

The advanced practice nurse graduate program started in 1986 has maintained continuous accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) since 1989.  The Doctor of Nursing Practice began in the fall of 2010.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Indiana State University offers the Master of Science in Nursing online degree with two specializations:

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - The Family Nurse Practitioner Specialization focuses on building upon the RN's knowledge to specialize in caring for the entire family. The Family Nurse Practitioner curriculum will prepare the nurse to meet the ANCC and AANP certification competencies.

Nursing Education - If you have the heart of a teacher, this program will prepare you to educate the nurses of tomorrow. After completion of this program the nurse will be eligible to complete the NLN certification competencies for excellence as a nurse educator.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Indiana State University assists students in becoming innovative nurse leaders of the future with a focus primarily on the healthcare delivery system.

The DNP program is a 39-credit hour post-master's program requiring a total of 1,000 hours of supervised clinical preceptorship.  Beginning with the class admitted during the fall of 2017, the Indiana State University DNP requires the completion of 1000 clinical/practicum hours as mandated by the American Association Colleges of Nursing. Waivers may be considered for the following with evidence of national certification in an area of advanced nursing practice:

  • Master's prepared APRN (CNM, CRNA, CNS, NP) 500 clinical hours with documentation of national certification American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015).
  • Master's prepared Advanced Practice Nurses with Advanced Certification, e.g. Advanced Public Health, Advanced Nurse Executive, etc.:  Up to 500 clinical hours with evidence of documented academically supervised clinical hours with a 1:1 ratio being observed.  American Association Colleges of Nursing. (2015).
  • Per AACN MSN Nurse Educators - No previous practicum hours will be waived. A longer program of study will be required to fulfill clinical practice hours.

With the DNP program, there is no dissertation requirement.  The DNP required project is based on the individual's expertise and interests.

Accreditation and Approval

Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

The baccalaureate nursing program is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.


US News & World Report (2019-2020)

  • #230-#301 in National Universities
  • #88 (tie) in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #150 (tie) in Best Online Bachelor's Programs
  • #105 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's
  • #92 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice

NICHE (2019)

  • Most Diverse Colleges in America #417
  • Most Conservative Colleges in America #448
  • Best College Food in America #494
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in America #698
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in America #832
  • Best Value Colleges in America #1,108
  • Most Diverse Colleges in Indiana #9
  • Best College Food in Indiana #13
  • Most Conservative Colleges in Indiana #19
  • Colleges with the Best Professors in Indiana #23
  • Colleges with the Best Student Life in Indiana #26
  • Best Value Colleges in Indiana #33

The Princeton Review (2018)

  • Best Midwestern
  • Green Colleges

Forbes (2018)

  • #646 Top Colleges
  • #249 in Public Colleges
  • #257 in Research Universities
  • #164 in the Midwest

College Factual ranked ISU #20 in their Best Colleges for the Money in Indiana (2018).

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Indiana State University is rigorous and prepares the LPN student well in the transition to higher acuity BSN RN level nursing.

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