2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
    Aug 12, 2020  
2020-2021 Academic 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.

 

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. 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.

Each state determines eligibility for professional licensure, endorsement and certification for all levels of nursing practice. PNW’s College of Nursing has not yet made a determination of all 50 state requirements. However, our registered nurse entry programs prepare students who are state-eligible to take the NCLEX examination, the board examination required for registered nurse licensure. Our graduate curriculum for the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist meets all of the requirements for eligibility to take both the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses ACCNS-AG examinations for certification. Our graduate curriculum for the family nurse practitioner meets all of the requirements for eligibility to take both the ANCC and American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) Certification Board’s Family Nurse Practitioner board exam.

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.

Illinois:

PNW may offer post-licensure online distance education programs in nursing in the State of Illinois as an institutional member of NC-SARA under the SARA’s terms and conditions. Students who are located in Illinois and successfully complete post-licensure programs in nursing are eligible for licensure, certification and endorsement as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. 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. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation can be found here.

Wisconsin:

PNW is authorized to offer post-licensure online distance education programs in nursing in the State of Wisconsin as approved by the Wisconsin Board of Nursing and as an institutional member of NC-SARA under the SARA’s terms and conditions. Students who are located in Wisconsin and successfully complete post-licensure programs in nursing are eligible for licensure, certification and endorsement as an Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and Family Nurse Practitioner. 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. The Wisconsin Department of Financial and Professional Regulation can be found here.

Michigan

Purdue Northwest is an approved school for RN licensure in Michigan. The Michigan Board of Nursing does not regulate post-licensure distance education programs and is a SARA state. 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. The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs can be found here.

Arizona

Purdue University Northwest College of Nursing is approved to offer online advanced practice registered nurse programs for the family nurse practitioner and adult gerontology clinical nurse specialist and the concentrations in the nurse executive and nurse educator roles. Purdue Northwest may offer post-licensure online distance education programs as Arizona is a SARA state. Arizona does not have jurisdiction over RN to BSN programs, master’s programs not leading to advanced practice certification and doctoral programs not leading to advanced practice certification. 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. The Arizona State Board of Nursing is found here.

All other US States and Territories

Purdue Northwest’s College of Nursing offers online and onsite programs in nursing based on the State of Indiana’s requirements for licensure or certification 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. PNW has not made a determination of our ability to offer programs to all other states beyond those listed above.

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