Nursing (MSN) - Family Nurse Practitioner
If you are interested in elevating your nursing degree (BSN) and becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), this program is for you! This program prepares nurses for an advanced practice role, with an emphasis on integrating preventative and self-care measures, as well as the diagnosis and management of commonly occurring acute and chronic health conditions. This program also includes participation in and use of research, development, and implementation of health policy, and education of individuals and groups.
MCN's FNP sequence is known for providing an outstanding experience for students. The program is a mix of online and on-campus education. We offer students highly skilled FNP faculty certified in their specialty and active in their practice area, excellent on-campus and online learning environments, student-centered approaches to learning, and reasonable tuition rates at a state university known for exceptional programs.
- Preparation for an advanced practice role
- You are eligible to sit for FNP certification and apply for licensure upon completion of the program
- Assistance in securing preceptors within the Bloomington-Normal region (as needed)
- Small class sizes with individualized attention
- Partially online format: face-to-face elements provide deepened learning and online elements facilitate flexibility and life balance
Point of Pride
After completing the program, students are eligible to take the FNP certification examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) to become certified as family nurse practitioners. The cumulative pass rate on the certification exam for MCN students since the sequence began is 99%.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Illinois State University, Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
You must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework. This includes courses in which you are currently enrolled.
Submit evidence of satisfactory completion of statistics, nursing research, and physical assessment courses. You must have earned a C or better at the baccalaureate level.
Submit a two to three-page essay that outline your educational and professional goals.
Submit your current resume.
Submit a copy of your current RN license from the state of Illinois.
Include on the application the names and email addresses of at least two professional or academic references from persons qualified to assess your potential to succeed in the MSN program. At least one reference must be from a nursing faculty member from applicant's baccalaureate program or a master's prepared nurse. Your recommenders will receive instructions to complete and upload this reference form to the recommender site.
Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report (International Students Only)
International applicants must submit to Mennonite College of Nursing a Credentials Evaluation Service Academic Report from CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools) or WES (World Education Services). International applicants must comply with the International Applicant Requirements as directed by the Illinois State University Office of Admissions.
English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)
International students applying to this program must have a TOEFL score of at least 79 iBT or IELTS score of 6.5 band. Due to limited on-campus courses, immigration documentation cannot be issued for students seeking F-1 or J-1 status.
- Fall Term — February 1. If space allows, we will review applications after the deadline.
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
- be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
- be in good-standing
- be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).
Graduate assistants receive
- monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.