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Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN)

Concentration: Professional Nursing

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Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Overview

Purdue University Northwest’s College of Nursing maintains a commitment to quality, evidence-based nursing education and has a reputation for nursing excellence. Our nursing major with a concentration in professional nursing keeps pace with the ever-changing healthcare delivery systems and technological advances while being rooted in fundamental humanistic philosophies.

We offer you a program that’s affordable and respected. Gain the credentials you need to advance your career goals at a designated NLN Center of Nursing Excellence that is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice: a Joanna Briggs Institute.

Nursing (BSN) Major Curriculum

You’ll take a balance of general education courses, College of Nursing core courses and professional nursing courses. This undergraduate degree prepares a nurse generalist with baccalaureate-level nursing competencies who will be able to provide comprehensive, safe, nursing care for people from birth to death within a variety of healthcare settings.

Explore the profession and the building blocks of care with core classes.

Professional Nursing Course of Study

Sample Courses

  • NUR 18100 – Introduction To Professional Nursing
  • BIOL 21300 – Human Anatomy And Physiology I

Deepen your understanding with the essentials of nursing.

Professional Nursing Course of Study


Sample Courses

  • NUR 27400 – Essentials Of Safe Medication Administration For Nursing
  • NUR 29400 – Essential Pharmacotherapeutics For Nursing

Broaden your understanding of specialty practice in a range of disciplines.

Professional Nursing Course of Study


Sample Courses

  • NUR 28600 – Mental Health Nursing
  • NUR 39000 – Nursing Research

Pursue a capstone project showing your expertise in nursing.

Professional Nursing Course of Study


Sample Courses

  • NUR 49800 – Capstone Course In Nursing

Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Highlights

There is a call for America’s nurses to be baccalaureate prepared. To meet this demand, PNW’s College of Nursing offers you a 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.

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Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Outcomes

Gain real-world, practical training and expertise to advance in a career focused on improving the future of health care and making a positive, lasting impact on the quality of patient care.

Nursing (BSN) Degree Program 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

Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Beyond the Classroom

You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in on- and off-campus activities, including:

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Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships available to all PNW applicants, students seeking a banking concentration may also apply for program-specific scholarship awards, such as:

  • Duneland Health Council
  • Charlotte Riley Hospice Scholarship
  • Donald S. Powers Nursing Scholarship

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Nursing (BSN) Degree Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) granted continuing accreditation to the baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s certificate programs with the next evaluation visit scheduled for fall 2027.

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The Highest Standard

PNW’s College of Nursing is a designated NLN Center of Nursing Excellence. The recognition is given to nursing programs that demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, and in student learning and professional development

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Bozana Cucuz

I was also able to work hands-on with the instructors and other students – it was like a close-knit community. The instructors provided us with really great resources to help us succeed and get us ready for our real careers.

Kimberly Lozano

I really got that one-on-one experience with my professors. I liked being able to contact them and having them respond quickly. They were always there and willing to help.

PNW Nursing graduate Andrew Morris

The reason I love PNW is it has a really great reputation, great job placement, great clinicals and great professors. It’s affordable, close to home, and you’re able to get involved on campus.

PNW Nursing graduate Kylie Brown

What really drew me here was all the amazing things I had heard and read about the Purdue Northwest nursing degree and its reputation within the healthcare field.

Kylie Brown, ’20, Nursing

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Hospitals in the area know that Purdue Northwest nursing graduates are very well prepared. Graduates of the program have a high licensure pass rate and are highly sought after because of the training we receive.

Nikoletta Kyriakakis

The nursing program is phenomenal. I love all of my instructors. They have all been amazing, cooperative and informative.

Nursing Student Madeleine Gnezda

The nursing program at PNW prepares you for what you will need to do from beginning to end with a patient.

Madeleine Gnezda, Major: Nursing, ’22, Dyer, IN

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PNW's Nursing Program Recognized Nationally Among Best Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Purdue University Northwest earned recognitions for several undergraduate programs and social mobility in U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 annual Best Colleges rankings. PNW’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was named 86 nationally among best undergraduate nursing programs

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Meet the Faculty

Manisa Baker, D.N.P., APRN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K

Assistant Professor

Baker is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing. Her teaching responsibilities include coursework in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Heather Bowers, M.S.N., RN

Clinical Assistant Professor

I teach the lecture for Essentials of Safe Medication Administration for Nursing, clinical for Pediatric Nursing, and help to coordinate the school nurse rotation of Community Health Nursing clinical.

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Earn a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) with a Concentration in Professional Nursing at PNW

Purdue University Northwest’s professional nursing concentration enables you to have the healthcare skills needed to be a nurse while preparing you for advanced nursing degrees.

To see how a bachelor’s degree in nursing with a concentration in professional nursing from PNW opens doors, from hospitals to home healthcare, take the next step today!

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