Become a Nurse in Indiana – Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Indiana State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/1/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Indiana
Nursing Licenses in Indiana Master’s Required?
Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Yes
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Yes
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Indiana Nursing Salaries

Indiana Nursing Salaries
IN Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Annual Mean Wage Fort Wayne Annual Mean Wage Evansville, IN-KY Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $44,310 $46,430 $44,170 $44,210
Registered Nurse $64,860 $69,290 $57,690 $60,920
Nurse Practitioner $103,200 $105,800 $97,000 $100,470
Nurse Anesthetist $156,580 $174,020 Not Available Not Available
Nurse Midwife $110,040 Not Available Not Available Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics – State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Indiana in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Indiana. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Indiana, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Indiana nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Indiana, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Indiana has enacted the Nursing Licensure Compact legislature but is awaiting implementation.

Prescriptive Authority in Indiana

According to the Indiana Title 25 Article 23 Professions and Occupations – Nurses, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances in collaboration with a physician, unless expressly prohibited by their agreement, and with the exception of controlled substances for weight management. Prescriptive authority costs $50.

Advanced Practice Nursing (APRN) in Indiana

APRNs in Indiana include nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists.

Education: Graduate degree in nursing, or a bachelor’s degree in nursing together with national certification, at least two semester hours in pharmacology.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $60 Prescriptive Authority Registration Fee

Certification Required: Varies for different nursing careers.

Additional Information: An active Indiana registered nurse license is required for application

Renewal: Advanced practice nurses must renew their registered nurse (RN) license prior to renewing advanced practice nurse licensure. The cost is $50 plus the cost of R.N. license renewal. APRNs are required to obtain at least 30 hours of continuing education units (CEUs), eight of which must be in pharmacology. If renewing prescriptive authority, applicants must submit proof of completed CEUs at the time of renewal.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Indiana

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $50 application fee is required.

Renewal: Fee for renewal is $50. There are no CEU requirements; however, all licensed nurses are expected to maintain skills and knowledge sufficient to remain competent to practice.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Indiana

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $50 Application Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $50 application fee is required.

Renewal: Fee for renewal is $50. There are no CEU requirements; however, all licensed nurses are expected to maintain skills and knowledge sufficient to remain competent to practice.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Indiana State Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Choose from one of four APRN specialty areas: AG-ACNP, FNP, NM/WHNP, or WHNP
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Earn a Master of Science in Nursing online from Simmons University.

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study

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  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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