Purdue University North Central Nursing School Review

Purdue University North Central (PNC) was established in 1948 when a university patron offered the family home for college courses. Since then, Purdue University North Central has grown to 5,000 students and an additional campus in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Other campuses in the Purdue University system include Purdue University Calumet and the main campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette. Two partner institutions with Indiana University are located in Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. Purdue University North Central is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Nursing Programs

Nursing programs at Purdue University North Central are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Department of Nursing at Purdue University North Central offers ADN (Associate Degree in Nursing) and BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) programs.

Purdue University North Central Undergraduate Nursing Programs

Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program

The ADN program prepares nurses for an entry level career in the nursing field by providing a foundation in science and math education. Upon completion of the program, students earn an ADN and are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN, National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (RNs). The ADN program requires 4 semesters.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program

The Traditional BSN program is an 8 semester program preparing the nursing student with a BSN degree and eligibility for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) by taking the NCLEX-RN exam. Upon application to the nursing program, successful students are admitted to the nursing program. Admission criteria include a 2.5 or higher GPA in nursing prerequisite courses. Admission to the nursing program is competitive and not all students who apply are accepted to the BSN program. Transfer students are accepted to the BSN program and may be eligible for advanced standing pending evaluation of credits.

RN to BS (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science) Completion Track

The RN to BS (more commonly known as RN to BSN, Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) track prepares students with an ADN to complete the BSN degree. The BSN degree provides access to leadership roles and a foundation for graduate education in nursing. The RN to BS completion program requires 4 semesters of coursework once prerequisites are completed.

LPN to BS/RN (Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science/Registered Nurse) Program

The LPN to BS/RN (more commonly known as LPN to BSN, Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing) prepares LPNs to complete a BSN and take the NCLEX-RN to become an RN. Students interested in the program should schedule an appointment with a nursing advisor. Admission criteria include a minimum 2.5 GPA and HESI Exam Results (a nursing entrance exam). Students in the LPN program are given advanced standing in the BSN program based on results for the National League for Nursing (NLN) LPN to RN Mobility Test.

Minor in Holistic Health and Wellness for Nursing Students

Nursing students have the option of earning a minor in Holistic Health and Wellness in addition to the nursing major. The minor program is 16 credits. The minor in Health and Wellness is a useful addition to health professionals including nurses in a variety of healthcare and occupational settings.

Purdue University North Central
1401 S US Hwy 421
Westville, Indiana 46391-9542

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