Nursing Diploma and Degree Programs in Indianapolis, IN

Feb 07, 2019

Indianapolis, IN, Nursing Schools

Nursing schools in Indianapolis offer training programs at all levels. This article looks at three schools that are no more than 25 minutes from downtown and at the nursing programs they offer. There is also a table of information that could be useful to individuals who are deciding which school to attend. This table presents important facts about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and the graduation rates. Following this is a brief paragraph profiling two other Indianapolis-area schools with nursing programs.

  • Just three miles from downtown, the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis campus of IU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing as well as two doctoral degree programs.
  • Students can earn a practical nursing certificate or an associate's degree in nursing at Ivy Tech Community College's at several campuses. The main campus is located about five miles from the city's center.
  • Seven miles from downtown, the University of Indianapolis offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when choosing a nursing school. The following table presents useful information about these schools in a format that allows for easy comparison.

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Ivy Tech Community College University of Indianapolis
School Type Four-year; public Two-year; public Four-year; private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 29,791* 75,486 (all campuses)* 5,972*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $9,334, in-state; $29,806, out-of-state* $4,255, in-state; $8,211, out-of-state* $28,390*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017) 89%* 74%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 80%* N/A - Open admissions 82%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 75% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students* 50% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students* 75% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 45% (26% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2011)* 16% (18% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2014)* 56% (34% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

IUPUI has faculty members who are fellows with the National League of Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. Students have many opportunities to gain clinical experience, including international service learning trips and study abroad programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Students enrolled at IUPUI have several BSN program options. In the traditional four-year degree program, students without nursing training and who have not earned bachelor's degrees, complete general education courses as well as nursing courses, which include classroom studies, lab work and clinical experience. An honors program is available for students with at least a 3.5 grade point average.

Registered nurses (RNs) with associate degrees or nursing diplomas can enroll in IUPUI's RN to BSN completion program. Nursing courses are offered online, and nurses who need general education courses can take them online or at another college and have their credits transferred. Students may receive credit for previous courses taken and for experience. IUPUI also offers a second degree BSN program for individuals with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing subject. This 16-month accelerated track program requires a full-time commitment from students.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

IUPUI offers an MSN program for students with BSNs and also an RN to MSN program for nurses with associate's degrees or diplomas in nursing. There are nine available tracks in the MSN program: acute care nurse practitioner (NP), adult health clinical nurse specialist (CNS), adult NP, psychiatric mental health NP, family NP, nursing leadership in health systems, nursing education, pediatric CNS and pediatric NP. Each program has its own requirements, but all call for completion of core courses in leadership, nursing theory, research methods and a nursing study or a thesis. Students should also have strong knowledge of statistics. Many courses are offered online, and the nursing leadership program has weekend classes. The programs meet educational requirements for advanced practice certification.

Ph.D. in Nursing Science

The Ph.D. in Nursing Science is a 90-credit hour program with tracks in clinical nursing science and health systems. IUPUI offers a BSN to Ph.D. program that does not include earning a master's degree. RNs with MSNs can apply 30 hours of credit to the Ph.D. program. Classes are offered through interactive online video conferences and other web-based technologies, with a summer intensive program on campus for several days. The program focuses on training nurse scientists with a focus on research.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP is a 37-credit hour program open to RNs in advanced practice roles. Full-time students can complete the program in 20 months; part-time students need three years. Courses are offered online, but there is a practicum each semester. Course topics include influencing public health policy, statistics in nursing and knowledge-based complexity.

Ivy Tech Community College

The practical nursing and RN programs at Ivy Tech are offered at various campuses. Students in both programs learn through on-campus classes and labs as well as in supervised clinical experiences.

Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing

Graduates with a certificate in practical nursing can take the National Council Licensure Exam for practical nursing (NCLEX-PN) and qualify as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in Indiana. The program requires four semesters of full-time study. The first semester is spent completing prerequisite courses, including psychology, anatomy and English composition. Nursing courses in semesters two through four include courses in nursing fundamentals and pharmacology. Students gain clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, geriatric/complex medical-surgical nursing and mother/child nursing.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

The traditional ASN program at Ivy Tech consists of a minimum of 65 credit hours of study. General education requirements include courses in social/behavioral science, anatomy and English composition. The nursing portion of the program includes classes, lab work and clinical experience. Ivy Tech also offers an LPN to ASN and a paramedic to ASN program that grants credit for previous training. Graduates of all these programs are eligible to apply for state licensing and take the NCLEX-RN.

University of Indiana

All of the nursing programs at the University of Indiana, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, emphasize a faith-based approach to nursing. Each program takes into account the rapid changes in the healthcare field and how to care for a diverse population.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

The BSN program requires 120 credit hours of general education and nursing courses. Students must apply for admission after completing prerequisite courses during their freshman year. Prerequisites include English composition, organic chemistry, anatomy and physiology. After admission to the nursing program, students have twice weekly hands-on learning experiences in area healthcare facilities.

Nurses with diplomas or ASNs can complete an RN to BSN program through an accelerated online program, an accelerated on-campus and online mixed program or an off-campus partner cohort program. The program requires 30 credit hours. The online and on-campus accelerated programs can be completed in two semesters and one summer, while students in the off-campus partner cohort program are allotted 4-5 semesters for completion.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Licensed nurses with BSNs can enroll in the MSN program. The program is designed to accommodate working nurses' schedules, with full- and part-time options available. Some programs have online or web-enhanced classes. MSN tracks are primary care family NP, primary care adult/gerontological NP, neonatal NP, nursing education, and nursing and health systems leadership. The programs range from 39 to 49 credit hours, and all require clinical hours. The clinical requirement varies; the primary care family NP track calls for 645 clinical hours, while the nursing education track requires 240 clinical hours. Most programs can be taken as post-master's options as well.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The DNP is a clinical program for licensed nurses with master's degrees in nursing. Students choose a specialty area in which to focus, but all students must complete courses in advanced practice nursing and evidence-based practice as well in leadership and policy. Capstone courses call for the nurse to plan, implement and disseminate an evidence-based practice project. The program totals 35 credit hours and can be completed in eight semesters. Students must log 1,000 hours of clinical experience, but 500 of those can be transferred from the master's degree program. This program offers a flexible online format.

Other School Options

A few other Indianapolis schools offer nursing programs. Students can earn Certified Nursing Assistant certification in a one-year program from J. Everett Light Career Center. This school is located about 11 miles north of downtown Indianapolis. Marian University, a Catholic institution located about six miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, offers a BSN through its School of Nursing.

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