2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN, Concentration: Online RNBSN Completion Program

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About the Program

Apply Now The Online RNBSN Completion Program is designed to strengthen your skills in evidence-based nursing practice, critical thinking, leadership, and nursing management. Designed for the working registered nurse, the RNBSN Completion Program keeps pace with the ever-changing healthcare delivery systems and technological advances while being rooted in fundamental humanistic philosophies.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours (including transfer credit)
  • Minimum grade of C (2.0) required for all nursing core courses and pre-requisite courses including ENGL 10500 and SOC 38200; a grade of C- (1.7) (in courses noted above) is not acceptable for advancement in this program and will require repetition of coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation
  • One Experiential Learning (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
  • All major core courses are offered in an online format

Non-Nursing Required Courses (56 Credits)

  • Math/Science, nonspecific (17 credits)
  • English Composition, nonspecific (6 credits)
  • Humanities or Social Science, nonspecific (12 credits)
  • Psychology, nonspecific (3 credits)
  • Free Electives, nonspecific (12 credits)
  • Statistical Methods, nonspecific (3 credits)
  • Communication, nonspecific (3 credits)

Nursing Transfer Credits (30 Credits)

  • Nursing credits from previous degree (30 credits)

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

Additional Information and Guidelines

Order of Nursing Classes: Phase I and Phase II

  • NUR 18200 Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing is the first nursing course in the carousel and NUR 49800 is the last course in the nursing program.
  • Students are only allowed to take one (1) nursing course during a 5-week session. The only exception is NUR 39100 & 39401, which are offered concurrently.
  • Progression in nursing course is dependent on whether the course is considered a Phase I, milestone or Phase II courses. Phase I courses must be taken before being allowed to register for NUR 39000 Nursing Research. NUR 39000 Nursing Research is considered a Milestone Course. Phase II courses can only be taken after completing NUR 39000 Nursing Research.
    • Phase I Courses: NUR 18200, NUR 39401, NUR 39700, NUR 41500, NUR 39100 & NUR 48200
    • Milestone Course: NUR 39000
    • Phase II Courses: NUR 38801, NUR 45100, NUR 45200, NUR 48300, NUR 49800

For more information on the Carousel of Nursing Courses, please click here. (link opens new window)


  • Students must complete statistics prior to enrolling in NUR 39000 - Nursing Research with a grade of C (2.0); a grade of C- (1.7) is not acceptable.
  • Students must complete English composition II prior to enrolling in NUR 39000 - Nursing Research with a grade of C (2.0); a grade of C- (1.7) is not acceptable.
  • All outstanding non-nursing credit hours must be completed before enrolling in the NUR 49800 Capstone nursing course.
  • Students may enroll in online 5 or 10-week non-nursing courses at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) or transfer in non-nursing courses from any regionally accredited institution as long as 32 credit hours of residency requirements are met.

State Authorization

Purdue University Northwest participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) oversight of postsecondary distance education. As a participating university, PNW may offer online programming to students in all SARA states including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and all US states except California. More information about SARA can be found here. SARA authorization may not be adequate to provide PNW to offer nursing programs in other states because of additional state and federal rules. Only applicants from Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin, or Purdue Northwest alumni are authorized to enroll in the online RN-to-BSN program. Students located outside of Indiana should contact the PNW College of Nursing at nursing@pnw.edu before enrolling in an online program.

If students physically relocate during their PNW study, they must contact their program advisor and notify them of their relocation. PNW may not be able to continue instruction in the new state of location.

Professional Licensure

The US Department of Education requires that all institutions who offer onsite or online programs that lead to licensure, endorsement or certification publicly state whether their programs meet any state’s requirements or whether the institution has not made such a determination.

Purdue Northwest’s College of Nursing offers online and onsite programs in nursing based on the State of Indiana’s requirements for licensure, certification or endorsement for practice privileges and title protection for registered nurses, advanced practice nurses and other nurses with advanced preparation. Students physically located in other states should always contact their home state’s board of nursing or other regulatory body that is responsible for determining their home state’s requirements for certification, licensure or endorsement. A list of state authorizations can be found on the PNW web pages

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