2019-20 Academic Catalog 
    Jan 20, 2022  
2019-20 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)

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)

Notes: 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.  However, students may take English composition II (ENG 10500) either before or during NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. Any outstanding 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 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.


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