Purdue Northwest Online FAQ
Please plan on allocating 3 - 4 hours per week per credit hour to complete the didactic coursework. For example, if you are enrolled in a 3-credit hour course, you should anticipate spending approximately 9 - 12 hours per week completing coursework.
This time will be spent completing readings, viewing lectures, participating in discussion boards and accessing information in the online library. This does not include the time needed to complete and submit assignments in the course.
Outstanding non-nursing program requirements vary from student to student based on the amount of transfer credit that a student brings in. Some students may have all non-nursing courses completed, some may need only a few; others may need many more.
Once you are admitted to the program (you have submitted your application, and all of your transcripts have been received), a PNW academic advisor audits the transcripts.
The advisor assigned to you will then notify you regarding which non-nursing program requirements are outstanding (those not satisfied by transfer credit). Your advisor will review your information and create a course map that is customized for you. The course map will help you understand which courses you need to take and will help ensure that you complete the program in the most efficient way possible.
Important tips: In most cases, lower-division nursing courses are not transfer equivalents to PNW upper-division nursing courses. Statistics and English Composition II are prerequisites to NUR 39000. Additional elective program requirements are not prerequisites to NUR courses. They can be completed at any time while enrolled in the program and taken simultaneously with NUR courses.
If you have questions about transfer credits or outstanding program requirements that you will need to fulfill, please direct those questions to your assigned PNW academic advisor.
For your reference, more information, including a list of non-nursing program requirements, is available in the program handbook.
Purdue University Northwest accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions. Again, after you have been admitted to the program, an audit is conducted by your academic advisor to determine which program requirements, if any, are outstanding.
Upon admission, you can review your unofficial transcript in the PNW portal, which will display all transfer credits accepted by the university, based on your submitted transcripts.
Please note: You may choose courses from other schools and submit them to the advisor for review to determine whether the courses you are considering will fulfill the specific requirements needed at PNW.
For your PNW academic advisor to review and/or confirm that the course(s) would fulfill the requirements, you must submit the following information:
- name of the school(s)
- course number(s) and title(s)
- course description(s) from college catalogue(s)
If you have additional questions about confirmation/review of transfer credits from other schools to the PNW RN to BSN program, please refer your questions to your PNW academic advisor.
Only for statistics courses. To be considered for transfer credit, those must have been taken within the five years preceding the start of your RN to BSN online program.
You can begin the RN to BSN program by taking nursing courses (NUR), non-nursing courses or both simultaneously. Refer to your course map from your PNW advisor as your guide for which non-nursing courses you will need.
- You may begin the program with either NUR 182 or NUR 452 depending on your start date, as these two courses alternate as the first NUR course taken.
- The third course taken in the NUR progression is NUR 390. NUR 390 has prerequisites of NUR 182, NUR 452 and non-nursing prerequisites of statistics and English Composition II.
- Once you have successfully completed NUR 390, you can enroll in the next course offerings on the following start date.
- You can track and view your program progression on the NUR course carousel, located in the program handbook.
- You have the option of taking non-nursing electives simultaneously with NUR courses.
- You have the option of taking non-nursing prerequisites (statistics and English Composition II) simultaneously with your first two NUR courses (NUR 182 and NUR 452).
If you have additional questions regarding program progression and options for choosing courses, please direct your questions to your PNW academic advisor.
All nursing courses must be completed prior to the capstone course. However, you may take up to 6 hours of non-nursing coursework after completion of the capstone course.
Contact the hospital with which the nursing school was associated to determine where your records are being stored. Also try contacting the board of nursing for the state in which you earned your degree.
There are eight start dates each year.
If you are employed at a Partner Hospital, the Partnership Code must be entered on your application along with the name of your employer. Please contact the Academic Partnerships Program Coordinator at your health care employer to receive your Partnership Code.
You will receive an acknowledgement letter in the mail from Purdue University Northwest Admissions with student portal login information and password.
When you are accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter with instructions on how to enroll, download your courseware, pay your tuition, and get started.
Please see the admission requirements page for your chosen degree program.
No. Your application is good for one calendar year. You can enroll at any start date within that period.
No. You may enroll if you are a full-time or part-time employee.
Yes. General course transfer credits will be accepted, with no age limitations, if they meet the university’s criteria. Nursing course transfer credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Payment information is available on the tuition page of your chosen degree. Students may pay their tuition through their student portal or in person at the Office of Student Accounts on campus (LAWS 130). Some health care partners may pay tuition directly to the University on students' behalf if they choose, but payment must be made by midnight the Friday before a course begins or the student will be cancelled for non-payment.
Many employers offer tuition reimbursement. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.
The refund policy for sessions of 5 weeks or less is as follows:
- Before the first session class day: 100% refund for drops or session withdrawals before the first session class day
- No refund for drops or withdrawals after the first class day
Yes. You will need Internet access to download your individual course and online readings onto your computer and to periodically submit and receive feedback on assignments and assessments as well as participate in online discussions.
The RN to BSN Program consists of 12 required nursing courses (RN to BSN Program is 120 credit hours).
The RN to BSN degree program can be completed in as little as 16 months. The length of time also depends on how many general courses you have completed.
We hope that the flexibility of the courseware will allow you to finish the course you are currently taking. If you cannot continue and you withdraw from the course, you can re-enter later in the sequence and take the course you dropped when it is re-offered. You must withdraw by the drop deadline posted under Important Dates to receive a 'W'. To receive a full refund for the course tuition you must withdraw before the course starts.
Course descriptions are available on each degree program page.
There are no clinical requirements in the traditional sense. Since you are a practicing RN, clinicals are accomplished through assignments that can be completed in your work environment.