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Next Steps for RN to BSN Online Students

Familiarize Yourself with myPNW, Your Student Portal

MyPNW, gives you 24/7 access to your Purdue University Northwest online classes and high-touch student support. You will also use myPNW to look up and register for classes, add or drop classes, check grades, view financial aid status, make payments, and more.

  • To log in to MyPNW, use the login information (username and 10-digit PUID number) provided via email from PNW Admissions following your acceptance. Please read it carefully and follow the step by step instructions to create your student account.
  • Once you have activated your Purdue University career account, Log into Blackboard Learn to access and complete the RN-BSN program orientation.
  • Read the instructions in this handbook and any email instructions carefully. Login to these systems. Browse around and familiarize yourself with their layout and design.

Being familiar with these systems before classes start will be an important part of your success in this fast paced program.

If you experience any technical issues, please contact Learning Technologies support via phone at 1-855-326-1173 or the email address relevant to your issue as listed on our technical support page.

Apply for Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. List the Federal School Code for Purdue Northwest (001827)) and your information is automatically submitted to us. You will need a copy of the previous year's federal tax return and W2 statements to complete the online application.

After you submit your FAFSA application, Purdue Northwest will process your application. To view the status of your application, log into MyPNW.

You will be notified by email and messages in myPNW when your awards are ready for you to accept. Financial aid awards cannot be processed until you have been formally admitted into the program, completed your online orientation and registered for classes. Please note: scholarships cannot be processed if you have not provided a partner healthcare organization code to our Admissions Office.

Additional information is available on our Financial Aid page, or you may contact Veronica Gallardo, PNW Financial Aid for the RN to BSN Online, by calling (219) 989-3120 or Email to: bsn_finaid@pnw.edu.

Work With Your Academic Advisor

Although the PNW RN to BSN program is designed for you to be self-sufficient and actively engaged in your education, it is important to contact your academic advisor for initial assistance and then for periodic guidance throughout your program.

Your advisor will not only be reviewing your transcript for transfer credit (which you will be able to access and view through myPNW), they will be able to help you track and monitor your progression. Based on your transcript, your advisor will review your information and create a course map that is customized for you. You should also let your advisor know if you are stepping out of the program or want to make changes to your academic plan.

The academic advisors for the RN/BSN Completion Program are Angelo Cicco and Patricia Mellon.

You are assigned your advisor based on the first letter of your last name.

A - K Patricia Mellon
L - Z Angelo Cicco

In preparing to register for courses:

  • Review the program information and requirements and plan of study for both Nursing Courses and Non-Nursing Courses found in your program handbook.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to receive one-on-one academic guidance, as needed. Your adviser will walk you through the courses required for graduation, courses available in upcoming start dates and the most appropriate courses for you to enroll in given your previous academic experience and transfer credits.
  • You may choose courses from other schools and submit them to your advisor for review to determine whether the courses you are considering will fulfill general education requirements at PNW. For review, you will need to supply the name of the school(s), the course number(s) and title(s) and the course description(s) from the college catalogue(s).

Contact your advisor for additional help when you have questions. Email is the best and quickest method for the RN to BSN program as it provides a written record and time stamp.

Register and Pay for Classes

You can manage our own registration online by signing into the myPNW portal. You can also can email your registration coordinator to request course enrollment. Specific Instructions for web registration are also available on the Office of the Registrar website here. More information is also available in your handbook.

Please note: You are encouraged to register for the entire semester in order to avoid missing registration deadlines. ALL students must register on or prior to the Monday before classes begin by 4:00pm CST. There are no exceptions made to this deadline date. This is for both new and returning students (who have already successfully completed a course within the program).


You can begin the RN-BSN program by taking nursing courses (NUR), non-nursing courses or both simultaneously. (Refer to your course map from your PNW advisor as your guide for which non-nursing courses you will need.)

NUR courses:

  • You may begin the program with either NUR 182 or NUR 452 depending on your start date, as these two courses alternate as the first NUR course taken.
  • The third course taken in the NUR progression is NUR 390. NUR 390 has pre-requisites of NUR 182, NUR 452, and non-nursing pre-requisites of statistics and English composition II.
  • Once you have successfully completed NUR 390, you can enroll in the next course offerings on the following start date.
  • You can track and view your program progression on the NUR course carousel, located in the program handbook.

Non-nursing courses:

  • You have the option of taking non-nursing electives simultaneously with NUR courses.
  • You have the option of taking non-nursing pre-requisites (statistics and English composition II) simultaneously with your first two NUR courses (NUR 452 and NUR 182)

If you have further questions regarding program progression and options for choosing courses, please direct your questions to your PNW academic advisor.


Important payment information

Be aware that registering for classes incurs a financial obligation. Tuition payments for all online classes are due on or before the Friday before the start of class by 3 p.m. CST. Missed payment deadlines will result in being dropped from the class. Payments may be made online, in person at the Bursar's Office or by mail.

You may review and manage your Student Account at any time by logging into MyPNW.

More information in billing and payments can be found in your RN to BSN Program Handbook.


Course Withdrawal Policies

Students that choose to withdraw from their course(s) can email their registration coordinator in the Office of the Registrar for assistance. Please note that you will not receive a refund. Your withdrawal will impact your transcript as shown below:

Course Length Withdrawal Day Grade Received
5 Weeks Business Days 1-8 No impact – course is removed from your record
5 Weeks Business Day 9 thru 4th Wednesday W
10 Weeks Business Days 1-10 No impact – course is removed from your record
10 Weeks Business Day 11 thru 8th Wednesday W

Before Your First Class

Follow this checklist to better prepare for your first class:

  • ✓ Complete your program orientation. Log into Blackboard Learn to access and complete the RN-BSN program orientation.
  • ✓ Investigate the resources available to you through the Purdue Northwest Online Library. Visit the Purdue University Northwest Library »
  • ✓ Make sure that your computer meets the minimal requirements and is functioning properly. You can also find these requirements under the Technology Requirements page in the program handbook.
  • You'll also want to check out the text book list. We would recommend checking this list at least one month before each class starts to make sure a book has not been updated with the newest edition or changed altogether.

As part of this program you will be assigned a Student Coordinator who will be able to:

  • Provide reminders and support for course registrations and payment deadlines.
  • Provide technical support for software, procedures, and password resets.
  • Coach you on goal setting, time management, and degree program success strategies.
  • Help you work through any issues that may arise.

Your First Day of Class, and Beyond

What to do your first day of class:

  • Log in to Blackboard to access the class sometime during the day.
  • Review the syllabus for the course.
  • Familiarize yourself with the content.
  • Check for assignments and due dates.

Tips for continuing success:

  • Plan to spend at least 3 to 4 hours per credit hour each week on top of the time you'll need to spend completing and submitting assignments in the course. In other words, you'll spend 9 to 12 hours a week immersed in a 3 credit hour course besides the time you'll need to complete and submit your assignments.
  • You'll spend this time reading materials, reading posts from the professor, coach, and other classmates, viewing lectures and accessing information in the online library.
  • Plan ahead and make sure you schedule your time wisely. Remember, 5 weeks will go by fast and it's better to stay on top of things from the very beginning in order to successfully complete your course.

Helpful Contact Information

Email is the preferred and quickest method of communication for the RN-BSN program as it provides a written record, time stamp, and can be sent directly to the people that can best assist in a particular situation.

Business hours for the RN-BSN program are Monday thru Friday 8am – 4pm CST.


College of Nursing

Office of the Registrar

  • Cindy Jones: Registration Coordinator – Last Name A-K – 219-989-8352
  • Mary Martinez: Registration Coordinator – Last Name L-Z – 219-989-2315

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Office of Admissions

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