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General FAQs

How much preparation time should I expect to commit to my courses?

Please plan on allocating 3 - 4 hours per week per credit hour to complete the didactic coursework. For example, if you are enrolled in a 3-credit hour course, you should anticipate spending approximately 9 - 12 hours per week completing coursework.

This time will be spent completing readings, viewing lectures, participating in discussion boards and accessing information in the online library. This does not include the time needed to complete and submit assignments in the course.

General Nursing FAQs

What is the required non-nursing coursework?

There are 8 required non-nursing courses totaling 24 credit hours. Introductory Statistics and English Composition II must be taken before beginning NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. The other five required non-nursing courses can be taken during or after completion of the nursing courses. However, students may have up to six unmet elective hours at the time they enroll in the Capstone nursing course. Your nursing advisor will work with you to develop a schedule for completing the non-nursing requirements.

How do I know which non-nursing courses to take?

After you have submitted your application and sent in your transcripts, a Purdue University Northwest nursing advisor will review your information and create a course map that is customized for you. The course map will ensure you will complete the program the most efficient way possible.

Is there a time limit on the non-nursing courses you accept when I enter the program?

Yes, statistics courses that are transferred in must be taken within 5 years.

How do I know if I have completed all of the general courses?

You will need a transcript evaluation. A nursing advisor will review your information and create a course plan that is customized based on your specific needs. The course plan will be created in such a way as to ensure that you complete the program in the most efficient way possible.

How do I get my transcript if the school of nursing I formerly attended is now closed?

Contact the hospital with which the nursing school was associated to determine where your records are being stored. Also try contacting the board of nursing for the state in which you earned your degree.

Can I take the capstone course when I have completed the nursing credits, but not the non-nursing courses?

All nursing courses must be completed prior to the capstone course. However, students may take up to 6 hours of non-nursing coursework after completion of the capstone course.

Admission FAQs

How many start dates are there each year?

There are eight start dates each year.

What is the Partnership Code?

If you are employed at a Partner Hospital, the Partnership Code must be entered on your application along with the name of your employer. Please contact the Academic Partnerships Program Coordinator at your health care employer to receive your Partnership Code.

How do I know if I have been accepted into this program?

You will receive an acknowledgement letter in the mail from Purdue University Northwest Admissions with student portal login information and password.

When you are accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter with instructions on how to enroll, download your courseware, pay your tuition, and get started.

What are the admission requirements?

Please see the admission requirements page for your chosen degree program.

If I am accepted into the program, but do not immediately enroll, do I need to reapply and submit another application fee to get started?

No. Your application is good for one calendar year. You can enroll at any start date within that period.

Are only full-time hospital employees eligible to enroll?

No. You may enroll if you are a full-time or part-time employee.

Do you accept transfer credits into the program?

Yes. General course transfer credits will be accepted, with no age limitations, if they meet the university’s criteria. Nursing course transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Payment FAQs

How do I submit payments to Purdue Northwest?

Payment information is available on the tuition page of your chosen degree. Students may pay their tuition through their student portal or in person at the Office of Student Accounts on campus (LAWS 130). Some health care partners may pay tuition directly to the University on students' behalf if they choose, but payment must be made by midnight the Friday before a course begins or the student will be cancelled for non-payment.

Is financial aid available?

Many employers offer tuition reimbursement. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

Are refunds given for courses?

The refund policy for sessions of 5 weeks or less is as follows:

  • Before the first session class day: 100% refund for drops or session withdrawals before the first session class day
  • No refund for drops or withdrawals after the first class day

Technology FAQs

Must I be connected to the Internet to complete the coursework?

Yes. You will need Internet access to download your individual course and online readings onto your computer and to periodically submit and receive feedback on assignments and assessments as well as participate in online discussions.

Coursework and Grading FAQs

How many courses and credit hours comprise the program?

The RN to BSN Program consists of 12 required nursing courses (RN to BSN Program is 120 credit hours).

How long does it take to complete the program?

The RN to BSN degree program can be completed in as little as 16 months. The length of time also depends on how many general courses you have completed.

What if an emergency happens and I have to take a temporary break from the program?

We hope that the flexibility of the courseware will allow you to finish the course you are currently taking. If you cannot continue and you withdraw from the course, you can re-enter later in the sequence and take the course you dropped when it is re-offered. You must withdraw by the drop deadline posted under Important Dates to receive a 'W'. To receive a full refund for the course tuition you must withdraw before the course starts.

Where can I see the course descriptions?

Course descriptions are available on each degree program page.

Are there clinical requirements for the RN to BSN degree?

There are no clinical requirements in the traditional sense. Since you are a practicing RN, clinicals are accomplished through assignments that can be completed in your work environment.

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