Indiana State University

What would become Indiana State University was founded as Indiana Normal State School in 1865.  The college is rich in history and tradition and ranked by The Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Midwest.  Originally a teacher’s college, Indiana State University now offers more than 100 majors in 5 colleges from the baccalaureate to doctoral level.

 Overview of Programs, Certificates and Degrees

  • 1 online certificate, 2 bachelor’s, 3 master’s and 1 doctoral degree program
  • For certain degrees, students can take challenge exams or receive credit for work experience
  • Students complete clinical practicums in their local area

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Indiana State University is one of few institutions to offer online nursing degrees at every level.

Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing

Indiana State University offers to online bachelor’s degrees in nursing.  While most institutions only offer an option for RN to BSN, Indiana State University offers separate RN to BSN and LVN/LPN to BSN programs.  In either case, students complete the entire degree online.  A unique feature of the programs allows students to take “challenge exams” in which students are given credit for passing tests in a given subject in lieu of taking the course.  This is valuable for nurses who have acquired knowledge and skills on the job, and may not need certain classes.

The degree program consists of 35-81 credits depending on the program and how many credits are transferred in. Tuition fees range from 3,891-4,522 per semester depending on the number of credits taken.  Students enrolled less than full time pay $282 per credit.

Online Master’s Degrees in Nursing

The online master’s degrees at Indiana State University offer three specializations: Nursing Administrator, Nursing Educator, and Family Nurse Practitioner, the last of which is the basis for the doctoral programs.  All master’s students take core courses in health care perspectives and nursing theory development, along with two research based courses.

The master’s degree programs can be completed 2 ½ years on a full-time basis or in 3-5 years part time.  Programs are 32-51 credits and cost $353 per credit.

Online Doctoral Degree in Nursing

The online Doctor of Nursing Practice doctorate is built upon the foundation of the Master’s in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner program.  Unlike many research based and scholarly online doctoral nursing programs, the online nursing doctoral program offers an emphasis in practice.  Recent master’s graduates are trained to put their learning in the Family Nurse Practitioner course, while receiving advanced training and leadership skills.  The program’s curriculum is based upon DNP curriculum as approved by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Students will complete 39-85 credits of coursework dependent upon where the degree was earned (Indiana State or another institution).  Graduate fees are $353 per credit hour.

Online Certificate’s in Nursing

The 14 credit Nursing educator program is for a nurse with a master’s degree who would like to add an educator qualification.  Nurse educators are trained in delivering health care knowledge to staff, patients, and families as well as teaching in higher education institutions.  The tuition for the program is approximately $5,000.


Almost all graduate faculty in Indiana State University’s program hold doctoral degrees.

 Things to consider:

  • Program is coordinated in collaboration with The College Network
  • Only tuition fees are listed above. Additional fees for clinical and distance learning
  • Students entering the doctoral program, must have earned a master’s degree


Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The nursing program is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc..

Indiana State University
200 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809-1902