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College of Nursing and Health Professions

Evansville, IN


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The College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana

The College of Nursing and Health Professions (CNHP) is one of four academic colleges at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). The college's accredited nursing programs prepare students with clinical skills, academic knowledge, and professional values needed to provide quality health care. Faculty members use evidence-based practice, education, research, service, and innovative technology to ensure that program graduates meet community, regional, and national health care needs. The college offers 13 degree programs, including three associate degree programs, seven baccalaureate degree programs, three master's degree programs, and the only doctoral degree program on the USI campus, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program.

Master's Degree Program in Nursing (MSN)

USI's Master's Degree Program in Nursing (MSN) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). It is offered online with no required campus visits. Fall and spring courses are 16 weeks in length; summer course offerings are 10 weeks long. The MSN program offers the following specialty areas: - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Acute (AGNP-Acute) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Nursing Education (NED) - Nursing Management and Leadership (NML) - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Students are expected to locate preceptors in their areas to work with during the clinical courses in the MSN program at USI, and the school will assist the student in setting up contracts and communication between the preceptor and graduate nursing faculty members.

Post Master's Degree Certificate

Master's prepared nurses may apply for admission to receive a post master's degree certificate in the following specialties: - Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) - Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Acute (AGNP - Acute) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - Nursing Education (NED) - Nursing Management and Leadership (NML) - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) More information is available at:

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program prepares experts in advanced nursing with emphasis placed on innovative, evidence-based practice. The curriculum includes a minimum of 36 additional DNP degree program credit hours beyond the MSN degree program for a total of 78 credit hours. It is offered online, with two required campus visits per year. The program of study includes the completion of an evidence-based capstone project that provides evidence of advanced practice synthesis and program learning outcomes. Students admitted to the USI DNP degree program select from two areas of study concentration: - Advanced Practice and Systems - Organizational Leadership In both concentrations, the plan of study is the same with all students enrolling in the required 15 DNP degree program courses. Students are required to complete assignments within each course that address the identified study concentration.

Academic Programs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions

Academic programs at the College of Nursing and Health Professions include: - Continuing education - Dental assisting - Dental hygiene - Diagnostic medical sonography - Food and nutrition - Health services - Master of Health Administration degree program - Nursing - Occupational therapy - Occupational therapy assistant - Radiologic and imaging sciences - Respiratory therapy

Continuing Education

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers convenient and flexible online continuing education for nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals worldwide. All of the school's certificate programs are delivered to the learner over the Internet in a format that allows participants to "attend class" any time of day or night in one's own home or office.

International Programs

Students enrolled in nursing and other programs can broaden their educational experience by studying abroad in Evansville's sister city, Osnabr??ck, Germany, and more than 50 other countries around the globe. Programs offer a variety of experiences, from specialized courses taught entirely in English, to direct enrollment in the foreign university. Students receive USI credit for the coursework completed during the summer, semester, or academic year at an approved USI study abroad location.

Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC)

SWI-AHEC, hosted at the University of Southern Indiana in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, is part of a national network with a mission to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities. SWI-AHEC serves the 10 counties of Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.

Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness

The Center for Healthy Aging and Wellness, housed in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at USI, is dedicated to advancing the understanding of aging and promoting the well-being of older adults through interdisciplinary education, research, and engaged partnerships. There are several academic programs in place within the College of Nursing and Health Professions to prepare students to meet the unique needs of an aging population.

Dental Clinic

The Dental Hygiene Clinic offers dental hygiene services to adults and children of all ages in the community. All services are performed by students and are supervised and evaluated by dental hygiene faculty members.

Clinical Simulation Center

USI's College of Nursing and Health Professions' Clinical Simulation Center (CSC) offers students the opportunity to practice simple tasks as assessing vital signs, to more complicated procedures such as insertion of nasal gastric tubes and intravenous therapy. The CSC is used by many programs in the nursing and health professions departments with an emphasis on development and implementation of interprofessional scenarios. In the school's simulations, students are given scenarios in which they can use their learned skills and critical thinking. Dental hygiene students practice assessing vital signs, radiology students practice positioning for portable X-rays, and respiratory care students use simulation to practice their assessment skills and implementation of treatments. Nursing students are offered opportunities to practice tasks, ranging from caring for infants to those in the final stages of life. Electronic medical record charting is now a part of the clinical simulation experience.

Expert Faculty Members

The College of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Southern Indiana employs expert faculty members who have practical experience in their specialties and are dedicated to providing the highest level of education to students. Many of the school's nursing faculty members hold national certification in their specialty areas, and a large number of the faculty members either already hold doctoral degrees or are currently enrolled in doctoral education. Faculty members' expertise also enables them to advance the nursing profession and health care delivery through research and leadership activities.

Student Organizations

Organizations at the school include: - Omicron Psi Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society - USI Association of Nursing Students (USIANS) - Food and Nutrition Student Organization - Student American Dental Hygienists' Association - Student Occupational Therapy Association - HOSA - Future Health Professionals - Respiratory Care Club - Sigma Phi Omega, National Academic Honor and Professional Society for Gerontology - STELLAR - Student Gerontology Club

About the University of Southern Indiana and Evansville, Indiana

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana enrolls nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 80 undergraduate majors, 10 master's degree programs, and one doctoral degree program. The campus of this comprehensive public university is on 1,400 acres just outside of Evansville in southwestern Indiana. USI also serves more than 15,000 individuals annually in continuing education courses, noncredit workshops, conferences, and seminars.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Post Master Certificate (PMC)
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
Master of Health Administration (MHA)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 121
Doctoral Degrees 10
Other Advanced Degrees 18

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? No
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? No



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 1st February 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, completion of course in undergraduate statistics with minimum C grade, professional resume, two professional references, 1-2 page professional goals essay
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0, completion of graduate research course with minimum B grade, unencumbered RN license, resume/curriculum vitae, three professional references, 1-2 page narrative of practice experience and professional goals, Capstone Project Information form

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL Paper score: 550
TOEFL IBT score: 79
IELTS: Required IELTS Paper score: 6

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
Not Reported
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 2.46%
Black or African American 4.05%
White or Caucasian 88%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.53%
Asian 1.94%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.18%
Two or more races 0.88%
Unknown 0.18%


Male (17%)
Female (82%)


Total faculty
Full-time - 13
Part-time - 2
Male (4)
Female (11)

Location & Contact

Address 8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN  47712-3590
United States
Contact Dr. Ann White
Phone: 812-465-1151