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Nursing, Concentration: Online RNBSN Completion Program

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Program Intro

By 2020, 80 percent of America’s nurses will need a bachelor’s degree. To meet this demand, our College of Nursing offers you an online BSN degree program that’s affordable, accelerated and respected. Gain the skills, knowledge and credentials you need to keep pace in the nursing field and advance your career goals.

Our online program is flexible, fast-paced and an extraordinary value. You’ll study at a designated NLN Center of Nursing Excellence that is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, a Joanna Briggs Institute affiliate group.

Curriculum Overview

Our faculty-developed curriculum is based on the Indiana Nurse Practice Act, the American Nurses Association (ANA) nursing scope and standards of practice, the ANA Social Policy Statement, Healthy People 2020, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials of Baccalaureate Education, and the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) competencies.

The RN/BSN plan of study consists of 12 five-week, upper-division nursing courses divided into Phase I, Milestone, and Phase II.

Begin your studies with the Phase I sequence.

Sample Courses

  • NUR 18200 – Conceptual And Theoretical Thinking In Nursing
  • NUR 39401– Health Promotion And Education
  • NUR 39700 – Nursing Care Of The Aged, Disabled and Chronically Ill

After taking the Nursing Research milestone course, complete the  Phase II course sequence.


Sample Courses

  • NUR 39000 – Nursing Research
  • NUR 38801 – Health Assessment for Nursing
  • NUR 45100 – Nursing Informatics

Program Requirements

  • Graduate from a regionally accredited institution
  • Complete a nursing program with national nursing accreditation (ACEN or CNEA) at time of attendance and graduation
  • Possess active licensure as a registered nurse
  • Earn minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.3 from an accredited associate’s degree or diploma program in nursing

Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.29 may submit a petition letter. Read the full admission requirements.


The healthcare industry is calling for America’s nurses to be prepared with bachelor’s degrees. To meet this demand, we offer an online BSN degree program that’s affordable, accelerated and respected. Develop the skills, knowledge and credentials you need to keep pace in the nursing field and advance your career goals.

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This program prepares students to become nurses who practice evidence based, person-centered care, excellent communication, constructive collaboration, critical thinking and effective leadership. Our graduates exemplify professional the values of accountability, altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice and ethics.


Funding opportunities available to nursing students include:

  • Professional Nursing Pathways Program Scholarship
  • Partner Health Care Facilities Scholarship


Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to get involved in activities like:

  • Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society
  • College of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Club

Career Paths

This degree prepares you for a number of careers in the field, including:

  • Hospital charge nurse or manager
  • Nursing case management
  • Nursing informatics specialist
  • Nurse navigator
  • Community health nurse



Purdue Northwest’s Nursing degrees are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Inc. They also hold the NLN Center of Excellence (COE) in Nursing Education designation.

The BSN online program allows me to complete the coursework around my busy schedule. The courses are fast-paced and complete in five weeks. This gives me the feeling of accomplishment. The program has provided me opportunities for professional growth and development. Since starting here, I have been promoted. I plan to continue my education at PNW to obtain my MSN

Carrie Kooy
Nursing, Wheatfield

Meet the Faculty

Cari Furst, PhD, RN, CNE, CHSE

Clinical Instructor

Cari Furst is an Professor/Clinical Instructor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching focus is Research, Ethics and Leadership and Management.

Meghan McGonigal-Kenney, PhD, RN

Clinical/Professional Instructor

I teach online in the RN-BSN and MSN programs.

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