Division of Health Sciences

The mission of Division of Health Sciences at IUPUC is to positively influence the health of rural Indiana by educating all students to become learned health professionals who advance the science of healthcare in rural communities and evidence-based practice through translational research and outreach.

IUPUC Division of Health Sciences will help impact rural healthcare through leadership and scholarship, while maximizing the health and quality of life for the people of rural south-central Indiana.

Division of Health Sciences Core Values:

Collaboration, Integrity, Quality, Respect.

Collaboration: Create a vibrant relationship between students, faculty, clinical partners, and other stakeholders to create a community of scholars who work together in knowledge generation and dissemination, thus shaping healthcare practice and policy especially in rural communities.

Integrity: An environment which promotes honesty and trust aspiring the development of rural healthcare professionals who practice morally and ethically.

Quality: Continuous program improvement reflects our commitment for continued growth, measurement, and program outcomes which promote excellence in practice and leadership within a dynamic rural healthcare environment.

Respect: Nourish diversity among faculty, staff, and students within a mutually respectful and professional environment.

The graduate shall be:

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

BSN Degree Tracks

You can choose from three paths of nursing study on our Columbus campus:

  1. The traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) track is designed for students who wish to enter the nursing field for the first time.
  2. The RN to BSN track is designed for licensed registered nurses (RNs) who hold an associate degree (ASN) or a nursing diploma from an NLNAC-accredited institution. This face-to-face track combines classroom, simulation, clinical experience, and web-based instruction. The online RN to BSN degree completion track is a statewide option with courses taught by expert IU nursing faculty from campuses across the state.
  3. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Second Degree Accelerated track is designed for IUPUC alumni and south-central Indiana residents who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another field and want to become registered nurses. The program moves quickly, 16 months of full time study, with a concept-based, cutting edge curriculum that prepares you for a nursing career.

Accreditation, Licenses, and Memberships

We are accredited and licensed by:

The following programs at Indiana University School of Nursing at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus are scheduled for an accreditation review by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE):  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. As part of this review, CCNE invites program constituents to submit, in writing, comments concerning the program’s qualifications for accreditation status. Only signed comments are accepted by CCNE. All third-party comments must be received by September 16, 2020.

CCNE shares third-party comments with the evaluation team prior to the visit, but at no time during the review process are these comments shared with the program. During its review of the program, the evaluation team considers third-party comments that relate to the accreditation standards. All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE's policy on Conduct of Business in English.

If you would like to submit a third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to thirdpartycomments@ccneaccreditation.org.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x253.

In addition, the Indiana University School of Nursing is an agency member of the National League for Nursing's Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), as well as the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC). The school is also a constituency member of the National League for Nursing and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://ccneaccreditation.org/) and approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing. The master’s degree program is seeking initial accreditation from CCNE in October 2020 and is approved by the Indiana State Board of Nursing.

State approval of a program does not indicate eligibility for approval to practice as a registered nurse (RN) or advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Applicants are required to meet Indiana requirements for licensure and completion of the appropriate paperwork (application, criminal background check, etc.).

Pre-licensure nursing programs offered by IUPUC are intended to satisfy licensure requirements by the state of Indiana. As a member of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), graduates are eligible for multi-state licensure under terms and conditions of the NLC agreement in the following states:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

RN graduates eligible for licensure in Indiana can apply for licensure by examination or endorsement in all other non-NLC states.

The Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) program offered by IUPUC is intended to satisfy licensure requirements by the state of Indiana. Graduates are eligible for the FNP certification exam through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Graduates of the MSN-FNP program at IUPUC are eligible for licensure in all states* with the exception of Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.


*Dependent upon receiving initial accreditation from CCNE.