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Indiana Nurse Practitioner Certification

Nurse practitioners in Indiana fall into the category of APNs. Indiana NPs are RNs who have completed additional schooling and earned NP certification.

Nurse practitioners in Indiana can work in a variety of venues, including rural health clinics, collaborative clinics, migrant clinics, nurse-managed clinics, parish clinics, specialty practices, HMOs, hospitals, doctor’s offices, hospices, and research facilities. The NP may have many duties, including assessing and diagnosing patients, providing care for acute and chronic health issues, managing prenatal care at the time of delivery, offering advice and help for disease prevention and health promotion, and performing clinical research.

In order to become an NP in Indiana, you must hold an active license as an RN in Indiana. You must also graduate from an accredited master’s-level nursing program or complete a certification program by a school that is accredited by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. You are required to select a specialty, such as pediatric care, acute care, adult care, or geriatric care. Schools in Indiana offering programs for NPs include: Ball State University, Goshen College, Indiana State University, Purdue University, University of Southern Indiana, University of Indianapolis, and Valparaiso University.


Many students elect to earn their degrees online because of the scheduling and location flexibility offered by online programs. Some state-approved online programs are available at: Graceland University, Liberty University, Philadelphia University, Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, South University, and University of Cincinnati. Online NP programs deliver curriculum that is equivalent to campus-based teaching, and since clinic hours are required, clinical sites are arranged at locations that are convenient to students.

After earning your degree or certificate, you must then be certified in your specialty by a national body that is recognized by the Indiana Board of Nursing. Some of these bodies include the ANCC and the PNCB.

In order to prescribe medications, Indiana NPs must be in a collaborative relationship with a physician who oversees their work and attest to lack of substance abuse or conviction of a felony. They must also have completed at least 30 hours of pharmacology studies.

APNs in Indiana earn an average of $79,000 per year. APNs in urban areas and those with more experience or education are likely to earn more.

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Last Updated: 05/19/2014