Indiana Wesleyan University Nursing School Review
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) has campuses in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and online. Indiana Wesleyan University was founded in 1920 as a faith-based Christian institution. In 1985, Indiana Wesleyan University began offering programs for adult learners to pursue higher education while maintaining professional work schedules.
The Center for Research in Adult Learning of The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities is housed at Indiana Wesleyan University. The university is based in Marion, Indiana and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Over 15,000 students are educated in the university’s undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.
The School of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University was established in response to the enormous student growth on campus. The large nursing school enrolls over 2,000 students and employs nearly 200 faculty members to support these students. The School of Nursing is divided into the following 3 divisions to support nursing students at all levels of nursing education: the Division of Pre-licensure Nursing, the Division of Post-licensure Nursing and the Division of Graduate Studies in Nursing. Nursing programs at Indiana Wesleyan University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Indiana Wesleyan University Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
The BSN program is a pre-licensure program to which students apply after being admitted to the university. Students may apply to the nursing program during their freshman year pending completion of 29 credits of prerequisites, completion of 4 science courses with a minimum “C” grade, a 2.75 or higher overall GPA and successful completion of the math placement test. Upon completion of the 4 year BSN program, students receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Post-licensure (RNBSN)
The RNBSN (more commonly RN to BSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program prepares nurses with an RN qualification to complete a BSN qualification. The nursing program can be completed online or on-campus. Students complete the RNBSN program in a cohort allowing for networking opportunities with other RNs. Upon completion of the 19 month program, students receive a BSN.
Transition to Nursing
The Transition to Nursing program prepares students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than the nursing with clinical research and nursing leadership training and preparation. Students in the Transition to Nursing program are also provided with a foundation to graduate education in nursing. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a BSN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses. The program can be completed in 14 months.
Transcultural Nursing Experience
A unique feature of the nursing program at Indiana Wesleyan University requires students to complete a course and practicum experience related to intercultural nursing. Students may fulfill the practicum component of this requirement through serving in a healthcare setting that caters to an underserved population in the US (e.g., inner city) or a healthcare center abroad in a developing country.
Indiana Wesleyan University Graduate Nursing Programs
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program
Students complete the MSN program with one of several specializations. The following specializations are available in the MSN program at Indiana Wesleyan University:
– Primary Care Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner, FNP Program)
– Nursing Administration
– Nursing Education
– MSN/MBA- a joint degree program which also provides a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) for students interested in nursing leadership.
The MSN Nursing Administration and Nursing Education specializations are available online. The MSN Nursing Administration, Nursing Education and Primary Care Nursing prepare nurses for certification in their respective nursing specialization. The programs require 38 to 60 credit hours of study and can be completed in 22 to 30 months depending on the specialization chosen.
Indiana Wesleyan University Nursing Certificate Programs
Parish Nursing Certificate
The Parish Nursing Certificate prepares nurses to offer health care in a faith-based community setting, particularly to community members seeking health care without health insurance or other healthcare resources. The program is 15 credits. Admission criteria for the program include at least 2 years of experience as an RN, a valid an unencumbered RN license and an ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) or diploma.
GROW Nurses Initiative at Indiana Wesleyan University
The GROW Nurses Initiative at Indiana Wesleyan University is a community initiative based in Grant County, Indiana designed to prepare and train nurses. The long term goal of the GROW program is offering more health services to the community. The GROW program recruits and mentors local students to help them meet their nursing education goals.
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