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Getting Started

Each Purdue University Northwest degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admissions guidelines for the RN-to-BSN program listed below. For specific questions or more details, view our admissions FAQs or the RN-to-BSN Student Handbook.

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PNW Online RN-to-BSN Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Only applicants from Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin, or Purdue Northwest alumni are authorized to enroll in the online RN-to-BSN program.

Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Completed a nursing program that had national nursing accreditation at the time of attendance and graduation (ACEN, NCEA or CCNE)
    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing: ACEN (formerly NLNAC) is a national accrediting body that provides accreditation to diploma and associate's degree programs. A list of ACEN-accredited nursing programs can be found on the ACEN website (http://www.acenursing.org).
    • National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation: CNEA is a national accrediting body that provides accreditation to LPN/LVN, diploma, and associate's degree programs. A list of CNEA-accredited nursing programs can be found on the CNEA website (http://www.nln.org/accreditation-services
  • Active licensure as a registered nurse
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.3 from an accredited associate's degree or diploma program in nursing. Applicants with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.29 may submit a petition letter to the director of the online program that will be reviewed by the RN-to-BSN Admission, Progression and Graduation Committee and documents the following:
    • What circumstances caused the low GPA?
    • What is different now to control those issues?
    • What mechanisms are in place to ensure academic success?
    • A list of career/employment accomplishments

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores may apply if applicant's native/first language is not English and the applicant does not hold a bachelor's degree or higher degree.

Authorized Provider

Purdue Northwest ADN alumni residing outside of Indiana, Illinois or Wisconsin must confirm that PNW is authorized for online higher education in that particular state. Current students who, after being accepted, move to a state where PNW is not approved for online higher education must receive state Board of Nursing authorization to continue in the program. Current students and alumni can confirm their state's online education status by emailing bsn_adms@pnw.edu.

Transfer Students

In addition to meeting the RN-to-BSN admissions requirements stated above, an applicant transferring from another college must submit:

  • A completed application for admission
  • $30 transcript evaluation fee
  • $25 application fee
  • Official college/university transcripts from each institution attended
  • Copy of RN license number

Upcoming Start Dates

Calendar and Enrollment Deadlines

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November 4, 2019
Start Date

Application Deadline: 10/9/2019

Documents Deadline: 10/15/2019

Registration Deadline: 10/28/2019

Tuition Deadline: 11/1/2019

January 13, 2020
Start Date

Application Deadline: 11/27/2019

Documents Deadline: 12/3/2019

Registration Deadline: 12/16/2019

Tuition Deadline: 1/10/2020

February 24, 2020
Start Date

Application Deadline: 1/29/2020

Documents Deadline: 2/4/2020

Registration Deadline: 2/17/2020

Tuition Deadline: 2/21/2020

April 6, 2020
Start Date

Application Deadline: 3/11/2020

Documents Deadline: 3/17/2020

Registration Deadline: 3/30/2020

Tuition Deadline: 4/3/2020

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