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RN to BSN Online Nursing Program

Complete Coursework: 15 months* Credit Hours: 34 Tuition: $11,730

* Diplomas are awarded in December and May.

The RN to BSN program is designed to develop expertise in leadership and evidence-based nursing practice. This program helps you, the working nurse, enhance your decision-making and critical thinking skills, and strengthen your skills in evidence-based nursing practice, leadership and management in order to meet the challenges of today’s healthcare work environment. You will benefit from evidence-based learning both in class work and on the job. You will be able to apply a comprehensive patient-centered approach to assessing your patients and families including physiological, psychosocial and cultural factors.

Key elements of Purdue University Calumet's RN to BSN Academic Partnership Program include:

  • Content delivered via online, technology-enhanced courses
  • An instructional format offered independent of traditional semester schedules, allowing students to enter and progress through the program in an expedited manner.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, you will:

  • Use the nursing process to implement principles of patient-centered nursing care
  • Apply leadership skills while collaborating with an interdisciplinary team to provide continuity of care and continuous quality improvement in a safe environment
  • Implement the principles of evidence-based nursing practice in provision of patient-centered care
  • Use information technology to support clinical decision making in the provision of patient-centered care
  • Implement critical thinking to provide nursing care in the context of health promotion, health maintenance, health restoration and palliation

Students admitted into the RN to BSN program must complete 8 upper division electives (24 credit hours). The nursing program consists of 12 required upper division nursing courses for a total of 34 credit hours. The RN to BSN program is 120 credit hours total. All nursing courses are 5 weeks in length. Students must follow the sequence of courses as prescribed by the College of Nursing. The upper division nursing program can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Textbook Information

View course offerings through Fall 2015 (.PDF)

RN-BS Completion program handbook

Fall 2014 Graduation Survey

Course Listing

Core Nursing Courses
NUR 18200
Conceptual and Theoretical Thinking in Nursing
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2  |  $690.00
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.
NUR 39000
Nursing Research
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 38800
Nursing of Families and Groups
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
Theoretical frameworks and the nursing process are utilized to support the basic needs, promote the health of families and groups, and facilitate the development of group leadership skills.
NUR 39100
Professional Ethics
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2  |  $690.00
Theoretical and practical application of ethical principles are applied to nursing and patient centered care. Particular attention is given to the ideas of advocacy, autonomy, and authority in beginning professional nursing practice. Taken concurrently with NUR 48200 Nursing Leadership and Management.
NUR 39400
Health Promotion and Education
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 39700
Nursing Care of the Aged, Disabled and Chronically Ill
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 41500
Pathophysiology
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 45100
Nursing Informatics
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 45200
Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Practice
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
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.
NUR 48300
Community & Public Health Nursing
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 4  |  $1,380.00
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.
NUR 48200
Nursing Leadership and Management
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2  |  $690.00
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.
NUR 49800
Capstone Course in Nursing
Duration: 5 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $1,035.00
In collaboration with a nursing faculty and clinical liaison, students will plan and implement an evidence- based project consistent with the professional leadership role. Students will use critical thinking skills and evidence-based practice 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 45200 Quality and Safety in Professional Nursing Practice and conclude with NUR 49800 Capstone Course in Nursing. NUR 39100 and NUR 48200 are taken concurrently.
Sample Course Syllabi
Non-Nursing Required Courses

There are 8 required non-nursing courses totaling 24 credit hours. Students must complete introductory statistics prior to enrolling in NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. However, students may take English composition II (ENG 10500) either before or during NUR 39000 - Nursing Research. The other six required non-nursing courses can be taken during or after completion of the nursing courses. However, students may only have up to 6 credit hours of non-nursing courses left to complete by the time they are enrolled in the Capstone nursing course. Your nursing advisor will work with you to develop a schedule for completing the non-nursing requirements.

Non-nursing required courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution. Students can also take these courses through Purdue University Calumet (PUC). All of the course options through PUC are available online and formatted in 5, 8, or 10 week sessions for your convenience.

All of the required non-nursing courses can be completed online through PUC. View more information on the non-nursing PUC courses.

View a schedule of the non-nursing course PUC offerings through 2015.

Course Listing:
BHS 20100 Statistical Methods (3 credits)
ENG 10500 English Composition II (3 credits)
Humanities electives (6 credits)
Free electives (9 credits)

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        "I believe that I have had tremendous professional growth since starting this program. I believe that because of the program I have become more balanced as a nurse. I started this program thinking that I just wanted to attain a Bachelor's degree, and now I have been inspired to continue on to start a Master's program."

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