2018-19 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 22, 2020  
2018-19 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing, BSN, Concentration: RN to BSN Online

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About the Program

The RN to BSN program is designed to develop expertise in leadership and evidence-based nursing practice. This program helps you, the working nurse, enhance your decision-making and critical thinking skills, and strengthen your skills in evidence-based nursing practice, leadership and management in order to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare work environment. You will benefit from evidence-based learning both in class work and on the job. You will be able to apply a comprehensive patient-centered approach to assessing your patients and families including physiological, psychosocial and cultural factors.

Degree Requirements

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

Other Required Courses (62 Credits)

Admission Pre-requisites: Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 credits); Microbiology (4 credits); General Chemistry (3 credits); Pharmacology, Math or Science (2 credits); English Composition (3 credits); Humanities or Social Science (6 credits); Elementary Psychology (3 credits); Free Elective (3 credits); Nursing (30 credits).

Non-Nursing Required Courses (24 Credits)

Statistics (3 credits); English Composition II (3 credits); Communication (3 credits); Humanities or Social Science (6 credits); Electives (9 credits).

Total 120 Credits Required

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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

Notes: There are 8 required non-nursing courses totaling 24 credit hours. Students must complete introductory statistics prior to enrolling in NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. However, students may take English composition II (ENG 10500) either before or during NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. The other six required non-nursing courses can be taken during or after completion of the nursing courses. However, students may only have up to 6 credit hours of non-nursing courses left to complete by the time they are enrolled in the Capstone nursing course. Your nursing advisor will work with you to develop a schedule for completing the non-nursing requirements.

Non-nursing required courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Students can also take these courses through Purdue University Northwest (PNW). All of the course options through PNW are available online and formatted in 5, 8, or 10 week sessions for your convenience.


The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, check out “What Can I Do With this Major?”

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. 

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