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:
- Use the nursing process to implement principles of patient-centered nursing care
- Apply leadership skills while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to provide continuity of care and continuous quality improvement in a safe environment
- Implement the principles of evidence-based nursing practice in provision of patient-centered care
- Use information technology to support clinical decision making in the provision of patient-centered care
- Implement critical thinking to provide nursing care in the context of health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation
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.