RN to BSN Online Nursing Program
* Diplomas are awarded in December and May.
The RN to BSN program is designed to develop expertise in leadership and evidence-based nursing practice. This program helps you, the working nurse, enhance your decision-making and critical thinking skills, and strengthen your skills in evidence-based nursing practice, leadership and management in order to meet the challenges of today's healthcare work environment. You will benefit from evidence-based learning both in class work and on the job. You will be able to apply a comprehensive patient-centered approach to assessing your patients and families including physiological, psychosocial and cultural factors.
Key elements of Purdue University Northwest's RN to BSN Academic Partnership Program include:
- Content delivered via online, technology-enhanced courses
- An instructional format offered independent of traditional semester schedules, allowing students to enter and progress through the program in an expedited manner.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you will:
- Utilize the nursing process to implement principles of person centered care within the framework of basic human needs and life span development.
- Demonstrate effective communication while collaborating therapeutically and effectively with healthcare system stakeholders.
- Demonstrate professional leadership in the coordination of healthcare that minimizes risk, promotes safety, and manages resources by creating a culture of continuous quality improvement.
- Implement the principles of evidence based nursing practice in policy development and the provision of person centered care in an evolving healthcare environment.
- Utilize information technology to coordinate and support decision-making in the provision of person centered care.
- Implement critical thinking strategies in the context of health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation to maximize optimal person centered health outcomes.
- Exemplify professional values to include accountability for practice, and principles of altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice and ethics.
Students admitted into the RN to BSN program must complete 8 upper division electives (24 credit hours). The nursing program consists of 12 required upper division nursing courses for a total of 34 credit hours. The RN to BSN program is 120 credit hours total. All nursing courses are 5 weeks in length. Students must follow the sequence of courses as prescribed by the College of Nursing. The upper division nursing program can be completed in as little as 16 months.
Please check this link periodically to see if there are any updates or changes to the textbook list. We suggest buying your books as you move through the program, not all at once. As a safeguard, about 2 to 4 weeks before a class starts, check the booklist before you purchase any textbooks or materials.
As a courtesy, here are some websites that students find useful for buying and renting textbooks:
More information on ordering textbooks can be found on the Student Services page.
More information can be found on the RNBS program information page.
Core Nursing Courses
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.
Sample Course Syllabi
Non-Nursing Required Courses
There are 8 required non-nursing courses totaling 24 credit hours. Students must complete introductory statistics prior to enrolling in NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. However, students may take English composition II (ENG 10500) either before or during NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. The other six required non-nursing courses can be taken during or after completion of the nursing courses. However, students may only have up to 6 credit hours of non-nursing courses left to complete by the time they are enrolled in the Capstone nursing course. Your nursing advisor will work with you to develop a schedule for completing the non-nursing requirements.
Non-nursing required courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Students can also take these courses through Purdue University Northwest (PNW). All of the course options through PNW are available online and formatted in 5, 8, or 10 week sessions for your convenience.
All of the required non-nursing courses can be completed online through PNW. View more information on the non-nursing PNW courses.
SOC 38200 Intro to Statistics in Sociology (3 credits)
ENG 10500 English Composition II (3 credits)
Communications elective (3 credits)
Humanities electives (6 credits)
Free electives (9 credits)