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Professional Nursing Pathways Program Online

Complete Coursework: 16 months* Credit Hours: 34 Tuition: $9,996

* Diplomas are awarded in December and May.

Nursing Pathways students have the option of taking community college classes while working towards a Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree from Purdue University Northwest. The Purdue Northwest Professional Nursing Pathways online program, a partnership between the Purdue Northwest College of Nursing and selected community colleges, is designed to help make higher education even more accessible to Indiana and Illinois community college students.

Start Your Bachelor Degree While Completing Your ASN/ADN

The Purdue University Northwest Professional Nursing Pathways program allows current ASN/ADN students to start their Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree while obtaining ASN/ADN coursework. Entering the Pathways program enables students to complete the bachelor’s degree in as few as 16 months after ASN/ADN graduation!

Plan Your Future

You can complete your undergraduate nursing degree while working as a nurse—and feel secure that your previous required coursework will transfer with ease into the online Bachelor of Science, Nursing degree program in the College of Nursing at Purdue Northwest.**

**Transfer credits may not apply to prior courses earned through a non-approved Professional Nursing Pathways college. Must meet program admissions requirements.

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This course examines the concepts that form the philosophical and theoretical basis of nursing science and patient centered care. The content is leveled to provide undergraduate students a foundational understanding of nursing as a discipline and profession. The conceptual framework and philosophy of the College of Nursing will be studied. Special emphasis will be placed on the relationship between nursing philosophy, knowledge, research, and practice.
Ethics as applied to nursing is examined both theoretically and practically. Basic concepts associated with ethical theory are applied to moral self-concept, role function, and practice situations involving interdependence. Particular attention is given to the ideas of advocacy, autonomy, and authority in beginning nursing practice.
Theories and evidence related to leadership, organization and management are examined. Specific strategies for effective time management, priority setting, decision making career planning and delegation are introduced. Approaches to the quality nursing practice within a complex work environment are discussed. Taken concurrently with NUR 39100 Professional Ethics.
The most common morbidity problems manifested throughout the lifespan are studied. Pathophysiologic concepts and physiologic responses are integrated with the nursing process. The application of evidence based nursing practice modalities provides a basis to address basic human needs.
The role of the nurse as a health educator is implemented. Nursing and non-nursing theories related to health promotion and teaching-learning processes are examined. Principles of health literacy related to patient education are emphasized. Evidence-based nursing projects related to health education within a community environment are implemented.
Basic human needs of the aged, persons living with chronic health problems and/or disabilities are introduced. Principles of health promotion, health restoration and palliation are examined. Evidence based nursing practice is emphasized within the context of patient centered care.
This course examines the research process and use of research based evidence as a foundation for nursing. A review of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies will be incorporated. Distinguishing among non-research based primary and meta-sources of evidence will be emphasized. Critical thinking skills will be used to read and evaluate published research.
Concepts of community and public health nursing are introduced. Community health nursing roles related to evidence based practice, leadership, collaboration, quality improvement and political activism are explored. Critical thinking skills are applied in the assessment of vulnerable populations existing within various communities. The reciprocal influence of the environment on the patient, family and community relative to human needs is emphasized.
This course provides a basic understanding of nursing science, computer science, and information science to prepare students to effectively and efficiently use technology to identify, collect, process, and manage health care information. A focus on technology based health applications which support clinical, administrative, research, and educational decision-making to enhance the efficacy of nursing is provided.
Using a project management focus, this course provides students the opportunity to synthesize and apply previous knowledge related to: patient-center care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practices, quality improvement, and safety in a professional leadership role.
Principles of physical assessment builds on previous knowledge and skills gained from the sciences, humanities, and nursing. This course uses a systematic approach to patient history-taking, review of systems, physical exam and documentation of findings for individuals across the life span. Pre or Co-requisite: NUR 39000 Nursing Research.
In collaboration with a nursing faculty and clinical preceptor, students will implement a project-based practicum experience consistent with professional nursing roles. Students will use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice (EBP) to promote patient-centered nursing in a health care environment of work complexities. This course will culminate with an evidence-based project that will be presented to peers and the academic community.

All students begin with either NUR 18200 Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing or NUR 38400 Concepts of Role Development in Professional Nursing and conclude with NUR 49800 Capstone Course in Nursing. NUR 39100 and NUR 48200 are taken concurrently.

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