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Professional Nursing Pathways Program Online

Complete Coursework: 16 months* Credit Hours: 34 Tuition: $11,900

* Diplomas are awarded in December and May.

Nursing Pathways students have the option of taking community college classes while working towards a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from Purdue University Northwest. The Purdue Northwest Professional Nursing Pathways online program, a partnership between the Purdue Northwest College of Nursing and selected community colleges, is designed to help make higher education even more accessible to Indiana and Illinois community college students.

Start Your Bachelor Degree While Completing Your ASN/ADN

The Purdue University Northwest Professional Nursing Pathways program allows current ASN/ADN students to start their Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree while obtaining ASN/ADN coursework. Entering the Pathways program enables students to complete the bachelor’s degree in as few as 16 months after ASN/ADN graduation!

Plan Your Future

You can complete your undergraduate nursing degree while working as a nurse—and feel secure that your previous required coursework will transfer with ease into the online Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree program in the College of Nursing at Purdue Northwest.**

**Transfer credits may not apply to prior courses earned through a non-approved Professional Nursing Pathways college. Must meet program admissions requirements.

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This course examines the concepts that form the philosophical and theoretical basis of nursing science and patient centered care. The content is leveled to provide undergraduate students a foundational understanding of nursing as a discipline and profession. The conceptual framework and philosophy of the College of Nursing will be studied. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between nursing philosophy, knowledge, research, and practice.
This course examines professional nursing roles and professional nursing standards of practice within the context of structured and unstructured settings. Concepts and issues pertinent to the current environment of professional nursing practice are discussed. Personal and professional values that provide a focus for evolving professional socialization are explored.
This course examines the research process and use of research based evidence as a foundation for nursing. A review of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be incorporated. Distinguishing among non-research based primary and meta-sources of evidence will be emphasized. Critical thinking skills will be used to read and evaluate published research.
Theoretical frameworks and the nursing process are utilized to support the basic needs, promote the health of families and groups, and facilitate the development of group leadership skills.
Theoretical and practical application of ethical principles are applied to nursing and patient centered care. Particular attention is given to the ideas of advocacy, autonomy, and authority in beginning professional nursing practice. Taken concurrently with NUR 48200 Nursing Leadership and Management.
The role of the nurse as a health educator is implemented. Nursing and non-nursing theories related to health promotion and teaching-learning processes are examined. Principles of health literacy related to patient education are emphasized. Evidence-based nursing projects related to health education within a community environment are implemented.
Basic human needs of the aged, persons living with chronic health problems and/or disabilities are introduced. Principles of health promotion, health restoration and palliation are examined. Evidence based nursing practice is emphasized within the context of patient centered care.
The most common morbidity problems manifested throughout the lifespan are studied. Pathophysiologic concepts and physiologic responses are integrated with the nursing process. The application of evidence based nursing practice modalities provides a basis to address basic human needs.
This course provides a basic understanding of nursing science, computer science, and information science to prepare students to effectively and efficiently use technology to identify, collect, process, and manage health care information. A focus on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision-making to enhance the efficacy of nursing is provided.
Concepts of community and public health nursing are introduced. Community health nursing roles related to evidence based practice, leadership, collaboration, quality improvement and political activism are explored. Critical thinking skills are applied in the assessment of vulnerable populations existing within various communities. The reciprocal influence of the environment on the patient, family and community relative to human needs is emphasized.
Theories and evidence related to leadership, organization and management are examined. Specific strategies for effective time management, priority setting, decision making career planning and delegation are introduced. Approaches to the quality nursing practice within a complex work environment are discussed. Taken concurrently with NUR 39100 Professional Ethics.
All students begin with either NUR 18200 Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing or NUR 45200 Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Practice and conclude with NUR 49800 Capstone Course in Nursing. NUR 39100 and NUR 48200 are taken concurrently.

All students begin with either NUR 18200 Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing or NUR 38400 Concepts of Role Development in Professional Nursing and conclude with NUR 49800 Capstone Course in Nursing. NUR 39100 and NUR 48200 are taken concurrently.

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