2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN, Concentration: Accelerated Bachelor’s Second Degree

About the Program

Apply Now Purdue University Northwest College of Nursing offers an accelerated program for non-nurses who possess a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in another discipline. This intense and innovative program is designed specifically for full time, academically talented students, who are mature critical thinkers and motivated to earn a BS degree in nursing in a shortened time frame. In addition to preparing students to take the NCLEX state board exam, this degree academically prepares students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in nursing.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum grade of C required for all courses
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (30 Credits)

All courses listed below are required to be taken at PNW, unless accepted as transfer credit.  Science courses may not be more than 5 years old.

Other Required Courses (25 Credits)

All courses listed below are required to be taken at PNW, unless accepted as transfer credit.  Science courses may not be more than 5 years old.

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  Minimum grade of C required for all courses (unless otherwise noted); 2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Courses that are only offered on one campus will be noted by an (H) for Hammond, or (W) for Westville.

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Admission Pre-requisites for General Education Approved coursework: Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits); Microbiology (4 credits); Computer Information Technology (3 credits); Statistics (3 credits);Nutrition (3 credits); English Composition (6 credits); Behavioral Sciences (6 credits); Humanities (3 credits), Communications (3 credits)

Note 2: Essentials of Safe Medication Administration for Nursing : Pre/Co-requisite - NUR 27400 (Must pass placement test, otherwise becomes a prerequisite).

Note 3: Breakdown of Credit Hours: 16-18 credits:  Previous Degree, 37-39 credits: Prerequisite admission requirements, 65 credits: Nursing Major

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


The 4 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within two years.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.