2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 19, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Nursing

Lisa Hopp, Ph.D., Dean

The College of Nursing offers innovative programs to meet the professional needs of students for entry into practice to the Doctor of Nursing Practice. The National League for Nursing has recognized the College of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, one of just 40 institutions to hold this recognition. The College also houses the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, a Joanna Briggs Center of Excellence. The Center collaborates globally with other healthcare groups to improve health outcomes through the integration of evidence based practice in nursing education and practice.

The undergraduate program offerings include:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, accepting direct admissions from high school, transfer and change of degree option students
  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing option, accepting students who already hold a baccalaureate or higher degree
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, completion degree accepting students who already hold an RN license and wish to obtain a baccalaureate degree (RN to BSN); offered entirely online
  • Master of Science with a major in nursing with concentrations in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist and family nurse practitioner practice; a post-master’s certificate in adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist and nurse educator; degrees offered online or in the classroom
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in translation science; accepting students who have at least a master’s degree in nursing and offered online in collaboration with two other Purdue University campuses

The beginning baccalaureate degree students are eligible for state board examination for licensure as a registered nurse. They are prepared to begin their careers as entry-level registered nurses. The RN to BSN option is designed to prepare a nurse generalist to provide comprehensive, professional nursing care for people of all ages in a variety of health care settings. In addition, baccalaureate-prepared graduates are eligible to continue their education.

Master’s level graduates are prepared for advanced nursing practice (FNP or AG-CNS) and certification in their area of concentration or as nursing educators in clinical or community college arenas. These programs have a strong clinical emphasis and prepare nurses for to lead evidence based practice change in their settings.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is a post-master’s degree offering that prepares nurses to lead transformative change in healthcare. This online degree is offered in collaboration with the Fort Wayne and West Lafayette campuses. At the PNW campus, students are prepared to lead transformative healthcare by becoming experts in the search, appraisal, synthesis, transfer, and application of evidence and in the evaluation of its impact on outcomes.

All programs have special admission requirements that are available through the specific program’s website. The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.


  • State accreditation: Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (Attn: Indiana State Board of Nursing) 402 W Washington Street - Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204 phone: (317) 234-2043 http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
  • National accreditation of all baccalaureate and master’s programs: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta Georgia http://www.acenursing.org


Minors offered at Purdue Northwest. 

Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Master of Science

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Post-Master’s Certificate