A PNW nursing student

Nursing, Concentration: Professional Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Program Intro

PNW’s College of Nursing maintains a commitment to quality, evidence-based nursing education and has a reputation for nursing excellence. The program 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.

Curriculum Overview

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.

You can currently complete this degree at PNW’s Hammond campus or Westville branch campus.

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

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Sample Courses

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

Deepen your understanding with the essentials of nursing.

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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.

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Sample Courses

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

Pursue a capstone project showing your expertise in nursing.

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Sample Courses

  • NUR 49800 – Capstone Course In Nursing

Program Requirements

We offer fall and spring admission, with separate requirements for students without college credit and change of degree/transfer students.

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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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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.

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


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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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.

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.

Nursing student Nikoletta Kyriakakis.

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

Nikoletta Kyriakakis
Major: Nursing / Minor: Psychology, ’22
Munster, IN

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 (PNW) is recognized for its campus diversity and several undergraduate programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 annual Best Colleges rankings.

PNW’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program was included nationally among best undergraduate nursing programs. This year’s rankings are the second time that that U.S. News & World Report has rated nursing.

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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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