Overview for Newly Admitted MSN Students

Your First Steps as a New MSN Student

  • Step 1: Access PNW Technology

    Get Started with PNW Technology

    Visit the PNW Technology page to learn more.

    Familiarize yourself with PNW technology including:

    • MyPNW, your online student portal
    • Your PNW Gmail account
    • Brightspace, the learning management system for MSN courses
  • Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

    Apply for Financial Aid

    Visit the Tuition and Financial Aid page to learn more.

  • Step 3: Log In to Email

    Log In to Your PNW Student Gmail Account

    Within a few days of receiving your Purdue Graduate School acceptance letter, your Academic Advisor will send you a College of Nursing welcome letter and a link to Filelocker to download your plan of progression. Your PNW Gmail account will be the primary method of contact, so be sure to check it regularly.

    The Academic Advisor for all MSN programs is:
    Jessica Schultz: jverrill@pnw.edu

  • Step 4: Register for Classes

    Preparing to Register for Courses

    Review the program information and requirements and plan of study for your specific program in the curriculum section of the Online MSN Nurse Executive and Nurse Educator Handbook.


    You can manage your own registration online by signing into the myPNW portal. You can also email your registration coordinator to request course enrollment.

    MSN Enrollment Coordinators

    Susan Standley (sstandle@pnw.edu)

    Please include your PUID number on all registration requests. Specific instructions for web registration are also available on the Office of the Registrar website.

    Deadline to Register for Classes

    Students must register one week prior to the course start date. Please see your plan of progression for registration and payment deadlines. The registration deadline applies to both new and returning students (who have already successfully completed a course within the program).

  • Step 5: Pay for Classes

    Pay for Classes

    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 1:00 p.m. CST. Specific deadlines are listed on your plan of progression. Missed payment deadlines will result in being dropped from the course. Please note that courses are non-refundable once the second day of class starts. Payments can be made online, by mail or in person at the Bursar’s office.

    You may review and manage your Student Account at any time in the myPNW portal.

    More information on billing and payments can be found in the Online MSN Nurse Executive and Nurse Educator Handbook.

Resources for Nursing Students


MSN students are strongly encouraged to review the current book list prior to purchasing or renting textbooks, as textbook editions will change from time to time. Students should make every effort to purchase books and have them delivered prior to the first day of class. This is especially important in a 7-week course.

Textbooks may be purchased directly from the publisher's website or from third-party vendors such as efollett.comAmazon.com or Barnes & Noble. The efollett.com site also offers textbook rentals at a significant savings.

When purchasing or renting textbooks, students are encouraged to search for textbooks using the ISBN number and not the author name, textbook title or textbook edition.