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IU Kokomo definitely prepared me for my current role as an Operating Room Registered Nurse. My capstone experience allowed me to follow an OR nurse and learn the duties. During that time, I learned I had a passion for the operating room.
Katie Mitchell
B.S.N., '17

A Community Where You Belong 

Maybe you've dreamed of being a nurse since people first started asking you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Or, maybe you're looking to make a career change after seeing how big of a difference a nurse made on the life of a loved one. Whatever your "why," you'll find a community where you belong in the School of Nursing at Indiana University Kokomo. No matter where you are on your journey, we have programs and degrees to help you take the next step. From students fresh out of high school to those who've worked in the medical field as an R.N. or C.N.A. for years, the School of Nursing has you in mind.

If you're looking for a nursing program where you just sit back, take notes, and listen to lectures, you're in the wrong place. Because, in the School of Nursing at IU Kokomo, it is our sole purpose to help nurses become the most effective and well-prepared nurses they can be through hands-on experience, simulation, and even study abroad experiences with cultural and service programs in Guatemala and Korea. In fact, IU Kokomo is cited as one of the top places employers in our region look for nurses when filling positions. With our faculty who care about you, scholarship opportunities to help your financial burden, our clinical simulation lab, and our Dedicated Educational Units where you'll gain over 900 practicum hours, you'll be ready to hit the ground running from day one in your future career.

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

To prepare you for whatever the next step is for you as a nurse, the School of Nursing at Indiana University Kokomo offers a variety of programs including:

Assessment information for our undergraduate degrees is available from our Assessment landing page. Note, joint online degrees report assessment separately.

IU Kokomo student sits with Kindergarteners
 
Kindergarteners at an event
 
Teacher sits with her students

A huge part of a student’s success lies in the relationships you make with both your faculty and your peers. As you work your way through the nursing program, you’ll connect with peers who are going through the same process as you. With small class sizes – usually six to eight students in practicum and clinical courses, nine to 12 in lab courses, and 45 to 55 in lecture courses – you’ll become known on a first name basis. In addition to student groups and intimate class sizes, each cohort of students elects two representative Student Nurse Leaders. These leaders work to assist in planning, conducting, and evaluating parts of the School of Nursing including curriculum, the student handbook, available resources, and recognition celebrations.

To make further connections and enhance your resume with extracurricular activities, you can join student groups.Within the School of Nursing, we offer two student groups: the Student Nurses’ Association and the Nurses’ Bible Fellowship.

Accreditation, Student Learning Outcomes, and Assessment

B.S.N. Program

B.S.N. Accreditation 
The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing and the baccalaureate degree program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), from which we earned a ten-year reaccreditation (2010-2020). Being accredited means that verifiable steps have been taken by the school to assure that you receive a quality education. Graduating from an accredited school of nursing means that your credits should transfer more easily if you should choose to pursue another degree and potential employers will have confidence that you received a quality education.

Full-time faculty in the School of Nursing have at least a master's degree, approximately 50% have doctorate degrees, and several more are actively pursuing doctorates. Several have specialty certifications.

B.S.N. Program Learning Outcomes

The IU Kokomo B.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who is: 

  1. a critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.
  2. a culturally sensitive individual who provides holistic individual, family, community, and population-centered nursing care.
  3. a knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of healthcare environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  4. an individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.
  5. an individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and who translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.
  6. an effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients, and their support systems for improved health outcomes.
  7. a competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse healthcare environments.
  8. an accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.
  9. an individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.

For complaints regarding the B.S.N. program please contact either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and/or the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

Assessment information for our undergraduate degrees is available from our Assessment landing page. Note, joint online degrees report assessment separately.

M.S.N. Program

M.S.N. Accreditation

The Indiana University Kokomo School of Nursing graduate program M.S.N. administration and education tracks were accredited by A.C.E.N. in 2014. In fall 2018 the program will seek reaccreditation of the administration and education tracks and initial accreditation for the family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) track. 


Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (A.C.E.N.)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

404-975-5000

acenursing.org 

M.S.N. Program Learning Outcomes

The IU Kokomo M.S.N. graduate will meet program learning outcomes and embody them in their professional practice as a nurse who will:

  1. model excellence in nursing leadership to improve nursing practice within a complex healthcare system.
  2. conduct advanced nursing practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of practice.
  3. synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological, behavioral, social, administrative, educational, and communication sciences for application to a chosen domain of advanced practice nursing.
  4. demonstrate scholarly inquiry and reflection that exemplifies critical, creative, and systems thinking to advance the practice of nursing.
  5. frame problems, design interventions, specify outcomes and measure achievement of outcomes while balancing human, fiscal, and material resources.
  6. use information technology and knowledge-based resources to manage transform data that inform clinical practice.
  7. systematically apply evidence from research findings to answer clinical questions, solve clinical problems and develop innovative nursing interventions and health policies for selected patient populations.
  8. demonstrate the collaborative practice and interpret nursing science within an interdisciplinary context.
  9. articulate the effects of culture, diversity, values, and globalization in the design, delivery, and evaluation of health services.
  10. engage in lifelong learning activities that contribute to professional nursing development as well as to the advancement of nursing.

Assessment Report: Master of Science in Nursing

Success in Numbers

The following statistics were gathered for the 2015 (M.S.N. program) and 2017 (B.S.N. program) calendar year. 

78.4%

b.s.n. students graduated on time

96%

NCLEX-R.N. first time pass rate for b.s.n. students

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100%

b.s.n. graduates employed

83%

m.s.n. students graduated on time

6.2

m.s.n. graduates' average rating out of 7 for overall program effectiveness

100%

m.s.n. graduates are employed with 87.5% employed in their major area of study

A Brighter Future for All

Family nurse practitioner program honors incoming students
Thirteen future nurse practitioners received the symbol of their career aspirations Monday, August 13, at Indiana University Kokomo’s white coat ceremony. Faculty presented each one the white coat that denotes their acceptance into the family nurse practitioner (F.N.P.) program, in a ceremony in Havens Auditorium.
Senior finds niche in nursing externship
An externship at a top-rated hospital in the United States changed the trajectory of one Indiana University Kokomo student’s career — and led to her first job. Before participating in the Summer III Nursing Externship at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, Caitlyn Perkins had never considered caring for heart and lung transplant patients. After her experience working alongside registered nurse clinical coaches, she knew it was where she wanted to begin her career, once she graduated in May 2018.
Future nurses honored at induction ceremony
More than 50 future nurses celebrated acceptance into Indiana University Kokomo’s prestigious School of Nursing, at its annual induction ceremony. Dean Susan Hendricks said the ceremony celebrates their accomplishment, and marks the beginning of their nursing education. “It’s a point of pride for their families, because these students have worked hard to get into nursing school,” she said. “Their families are proud of them, and we are too. We want them to feel welcomed, and acknowledge the value of the effort they’ve made to be admitted.” It’s also a rite of passage, similar to capping ceremonies held in years past, when nurses still wore white uniforms and caps, as well as a reminder of their purpose as they enter the health care field.
Students learn cultural sensitivity in South Korea
As a future nurse, Lynne Dang plans to ask her patients about any cultural expectations for their care, after viewing the South Korean health care system from the inside. “Now I’m more aware that not all cultures view health care the same way,” she said. “It will be helpful to ask questions if I have a patient from a different culture than mine, so I can give the best care possible.”
Last updated: 10/12/2018