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Purdue North Central (PNC) currently has two degree programs in the Department of Nursing: the Associate of Science (AS) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree, both with a major in nursing. These nursing programs are accredited by the

  • Indiana State Board of Nursing, Professional Licensing Agency, 402 W. Washington St., Room W072, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-234-2043; http://www.in.gov/pla/nursing.htm
  • National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Suite 500, Atlanta Georgia, 30326 http://www.nlnac.org/home.htm.

Graduates of either program are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn licensure as registered nurses in Indiana. Indiana statutes mandate some restrictions on eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. These restrictions primarily regard actions to protect the public from harm by individuals who may have a background of criminal, disciplinary, or substance abuse activities. Further information regarding these restrictions may be obtained from the Department of Nursing office or by contacting the Indiana State Board of Nursing at the address provided above.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has requested that PNC initiate a change in nursing degree programs, with a gradual decrease in enrollment to the AS in nursing program and, at the same time, a gradual increase in enrollment to the BS in nursing program. The PNC Department of Nursing, in compliance with the request of the ICHE, announces that the AS nursing program has accepted final applications for enrollment in the AS nursing program. Beginning in Fall 2011 admission will be to the BS Nursing Program only. The last graduation date for AS students will be Spring 2013.

DEGREE OPTIONS:

Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing

The BS degree can be obtained by the traditional four year plan of study leading to the licensing exam to become an RN. In addition, individuals who have already attained RN status can obtain the BS degree through the RN-BS completion program. The BS degree program prepares graduates for leadership roles and graduate study in nursing by providing a broad foundation in general studies, sciences and nursing. The graduate is prepared to synthesize theory and research based knowledge in provision of care to the client, family and community in a global society with flexibility to adapt to the changing nature of health care and health care roles, integrate care across multiple settings, and manage the interactions between and among components of the integrated networks of health care services.

RN-BS Completion Track

Students graduating from PNC’s Associate Degree nursing program can continue into the upper division plan of study by contacting their individual faculty advisor and developing a plan of study. Returning AS graduates simply fill out a re-entry application. Successful graduates of any NLNAC accredited AS or Diploma program will find the BS completion plan accessible and affordable. Transfer students are evaluated according to the RN-BS criteria for admission.

Associate of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing

The associate degree nursing program prepares men and women for careers in nursing. After successful completion of the program, an Associate of Science (AS) degree with a major in Nursing is granted. The AS program prepares graduates for entry level nursing staff positions and upper division undergraduate studies by providing a strong foundation in science and nursing. The graduate is prepared to provide and manage the holistic, evidence-based nursing care of clients across the life span in a variety of structured settings. The graduate is also prepared to function collaboratively as a member of the multidisciplinary health care team.

MISSION

The Purdue University North Central Department of Nursing programs provide educational opportunities for both traditional and non-traditional students leading to the granting of the Associate of Science degree and the Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.
The nursing faculty is committed to:

  • Nursing as a discipline and profession.
  • Providing, assessing and enhancing the elements of learning, discovery and engagement through personal and professional growth and life long learning.
  • Educational programs that prepare university educated nurses who have acquired the essential elements of general education as defined by Purdue University and the essential nursing knowledge and professional education necessary for excellence in the practice of nursing.
  • Sustained efforts to enhance student learning and professional development with an emphasis on integration of general education and nursing science as a guide to nursing practice toward improving health and quality of life for society.

Traditional and emerging nursing paradigms will provide inclusive, active, and creative teaching-learning processes; holistic, evidence-based nursing care of clients across the life span in a variety of structured and unstructured settings and communities; and insure leaders of change toward health and quality of life for diverse individuals and communities.

Nursing Program Philosophy

The Nursing Faculty articulates a philosophy for the Nursing Program congruent with the mission statement of Purdue University North Central that defines their beliefs regarding the concepts of person, environment, health, and nursing as follows:

Person, which includes individuals, families, and communities, is a uniquely holistic body – mind – spirit. Each person chooses and participates in health decisions.
Environment is an ever changing unity of systems and processes in which a person lives.
Health is the harmony of the mind-body-spirit. It is the living of optimal well being and quality of life.
Nursing, as a discipline, is the holistic study of person, health, and environment. The nursing profession utilizes a unique body of knowledge to care for the person

The graduate provides quality nursing care guided by nursing theory, research, and professional standards. Graduates function autonomously and collaboratively with interdisciplinary teams.

Unique nursing knowledge is enhanced by the humanities and the biological, physical, and social sciences to form the foundation of nursing practice. The teaching – learning process is a mutual effort of faculty and students that fosters critical thinking, and personal and professional growth. The teaching – learning process proceeds from simple to complex concepts. Accountability of the educational process is demonstrated by assessment of student learning outcomes.

Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Utilize a holistic approach to identify needs of individuals, families, and communities toward maximizing positive health outcomes.
  • Incorporate evolving social, cultural, and health care delivery trends in the provision of optimal health care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Apply theory guided, evidence-based practice to provide quality care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Evaluate outcomes to provide quality care in collaboration with individuals, families, and communities.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in collaboration with individuals, families, communities and the interdisciplinary team members.
  • Integrate teaching-learning processes in the delivery of health care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Articulate personal goals for professional development.
  • Demonstrate accountability for practice within the legal and ethical standards of the nursing profession.
  • Demonstrate leadership in coordination of health care and management of resources, technology, finance, and personnel.
  • Utilize continuous improvement processes to promote positive health outcomes and quality of life.

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA:

Enrollment in the PNC BS Nursing Program is limited and not all qualified applicants may be offered enrollment. The applicant selection process utilized is based on enrollment, faculty, and objective criteria of applicant qualifications that serve to select the best candidates for enrollment from the pool of qualified individuals.
The enrollment criteria for the BS First Year Nursing Program are as follows:

  • Admission to the University
  • SAT composite 1400 or equivalent ACT
  • Cumulative GPA 2.50 or better on 4.0 scale
  • All courses required for enrollment must be completed with a “C” or better
  • First-Year Nursing must be completed within two academic years, once begun
  • Successful completion of a standardized pre-entrance admission exam (HESI)
  • 8 semesters of English
  • Must have 6 semesters of college preparatory mathematics courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Courses not included are: Pre-algebra, General Mathematics, Computer Mathematics, Consumer Mathematics and Business Mathematics.
  • Must have 6 semesters of college preparatory science courses with a cumulative GPA > 2.50 on a 4.0 scale
  • 2 semesters of Biology
  • 2 semesters Chemistry
  • 2 additional semesters of a lab science (Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics)
  • Courses not included are non-college preparatory introductory science courses

Requirements for Progression to Nursing Program (year 2)

  • Must submit a “Letter of Intent to Progress” to the Department of Nursing office prior to the mid-semester break of the second semester First-Year Nursing program
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 on a 4.0 scale on required First-Year Nursing courses (or be currently enrolled in the courses)
  • Biology 21300/21400/22100
  • Chemistry 11900
  • English 10100/10200
  • NUR 10700: Introduction to Professional Nursing
  • NUR 21800: Human Development and Health Promotion
  • Psychology 12000
  • Elective
    • Must have submitted the following required documentation
    • Medical record
    • Required immunizations
    • TB screening or chest x-ray
    • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Drug Screening
    • Malpractice insurance purchased through the University

Policies and forms available in the Nursing Student Manual on the Department of Nursing website at www.pnc.edu.

RN-BS ENROLLMENT CRITERIA:

The enrollment criteria for the RN-BS completion option are as follows:

  • Successful completion of an NLN accredited associate degree or diploma program in nursing.
  • Admission to PNC as a degree seeking student.
  • GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses completed with a minimum grade of “C”.

In addition the RN-BS nursing student will:

  • Be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the State of Indiana prior to practicum coursework.
    • Must have submitted the following required documentation
    • Medical record
    • Required immunizations
    • TB screening or chest x-ray
    • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Drug Screening
    • Malpractice insurance purchased through the University
    • Current RN license

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY:

First Year Nursing:
First Semester

BIOL

21300

Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

CHM

11900

General Chemistry, Cr. 4, Cl. 2, Lab. 3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

PSY

12000

Elementary Psychology. Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

10700

Introduction to Professional Nursing, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 17

Second Semester

BIOL

21400

Human Anatomy and Physiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

BIOL

22100

Introduction to Microbiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

ENGL

10200

English Composition II, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Elective

Ma 15200 or MA 15300, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

21800

Human Development & Health Promotion, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 17

Nursing Program: (requires progression from First Year Nursing)
Third Semester

NUR

27100

Pathopharmacology I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

SOC

10000

Introductory Sociology, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

 NUR

22300

Foundations of Nursing Practice, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab. 6

NUR

21900

Health Assessment, Cr. 3, Cl, 2, Lab 3

NUR

34700

Nursing Theory & Research I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 17

Fourth Semester

STAT

30100

or equivalent

Elementary Statistical Methods, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

F&N

30300

Essentials of Nutrition, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

27200

Pathopharmacology II, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

20400

Psychosocial Health Nursing, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 3

NUR

35700

Nursing Theory & Research II, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 16

Fifth Semester

Elective

C&IT 10700, Computer Literacy, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

33300

Adult Health Nursing I, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab 6

NUR

33500

Women and Newborn Health, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 3

NUR

34900

The Health Care System in the US, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 15

Sixth Semester

Elective

COMM 11400, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

38900

Family Health Nursing, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

39500

Children’s Health Nursing, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 3

NUR

44300

Adult Health Nursing II, Cr. 5, Cl. 3,Lab 6

Total Credits: 15

Seventh Semester

NUR

35300

Health Care Informatics, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

42900

Community Health Nursing, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab 6

NUR

49300

Advanced Adult Health Nursing, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab. 6

Total Credits: 13

Eighth Semester

Elective

Humanities, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Elective

Philosophy, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

43900

Nursing Management & Leadership, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

49500

Baccalaureate Nursing Capstone, Cr. 4, Cl. 1, Lab 9

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits for BS degree: 123

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY: RN-BS COMPLETION UPPER DIVISION
Fifth Semester

NUR

33100

Transition to Baccalaureate Nursing, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

34700

Nursing Theory and Research I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

34900

The Health Care System in the United States, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

MA

15300

Algebra & Trigonometry I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3 or

MA

15200

College Algebra for Liberal Arts, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Elective

(C&IT) Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 15

Sixth Semester

NUR

35700

Nursing Theory and Research II, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

38900

Family Health Nursing, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

STAT

30100

Elementary Statistical Methods, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

ENGL

10200

Cr. 3, Cl. 3, Lab. 0

  Elective

Free, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 15

Seventh Semester

NUR

35300

Health Care Informatics, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

42900

Community Health Nursing, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab. 6

Elective

Humanities, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 11

Eighth Semester

NUR

43900

Nursing Management and Leadership, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

49600

RN/BS Nursing Capstone, Cr. 3, Cl. 1, Lab. 6

Elective

Communication, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Elective

Philosophy, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits for BS Degree for the RN-BS student: 121 (Includes lower division Associate Degree coursework. See graduation criteria.)

GRADUATION CRITERIA:

Upon successful completion of either the BS or the RN-BS completion general plan of study a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in nursing is granted. Graduates must complete the credit hours required in the appropriate plan of study, have at least 32 of the upper division credit hours earned at Purdue University North Central, a minimum graduation index of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale must be earned in all Purdue University courses, all required non-nursing and nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, and the student must have earned a minimum total of 121 credit hours. Students must meet also all graduation criteria established by the University.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

All the curricular requirements of the Purdue University North Central Bachelor Degree nursing program must be completed within nine regular consecutive (Fall & Spring) semesters after beginning the Nursing Program. This does not include time spent in the First Year Nursing program. Students cannot take a course without meeting the pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements.

Credit for required courses in the nursing program will be considered valid to meet the degree requirements for ten years.

Practicum:

Practicum experiences are available in various health agencies in La Porte, Porter, Lake, and the surrounding counties. Experiences in agencies differ in size and client population to broaden student learning. Students must provide their own transportation.

Progression Requirements:

After the first practicum nursing course, a student in the BS nursing program must be enrolled in a practicum nursing course each semester in order to progress and remain in the nursing program. Students in the RN-BS program are not subject to this requirement. In addition to the University scholastic requirements, the nursing program requires that any student earning a grade lower than a “C” in any required course within the plan of study must repeat that course satisfactorily. There is a limit to the number of times a student may withdraw or repeat any required course. Please see the Nursing Student Manual on the Nursing home page for specific information. Any student who departs from the approved plan of study for any reason progresses on a space available basis.

Miscellaneous Information:

Basic skills in mathematics and proficiency in drug dosage calculations are required throughout the nursing program.
The faculty reserve the right to update and otherwise revise the curriculum. Such information will be transmitted through notices and publications.
Each academic year, graduates of all nursing programs are recognized for their degree achievement at the PNC commencement ceremony in the spring. Any additional celebrations not approved by the Department of Nursing must be held off campus.

Associate of Science Degree with a Major in Nursing

PROGRAM GOALS:

  • Utilize the holistic approach to identify client needs towards maximizing human potential.
  • Identify evolving societal and health care delivery trends that impact on providing optimal client care.
  • Utilize the nursing process to provide individualized care for culturally diverse clients of all ages with consideration for their relationship within a family, group and/or community.
  • Provide evidence based client care that is supportive of optimal health.
  • Utilize outcome measurements to assure cost effective quality care for a group of clients.
  • Interact with clients, families, significant others, and interdisciplinary health team members to maintain effective communications in client care management activities.
  • Utilize information technology in delivery of health care.
  • Demonstrate accountability for practice within the legal and ethical parameters of the nursing profession.

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY:
First Semester 

BIOL

21300

Human Anatomy & Physiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

CHM

11900

General Chemistry, Cr. 3, Cl. 2, Lab. 2

PCTX

20100

Introductory Pharmacology, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

21900

Health Assessment, Cr. 3, Cl. 2, Lab. 3

NUR

12300

Nursing Foundations, Cr. 5, Cl. 3, Lab. 6

Total Credits: 18

Second Semester

BIOL

21400

Human Anatomy & Physiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

BIOL

22100

Introduction to Microbiology, Cr. 4, Cl. 3, Lab. 2

NUR

21800

Human Development & Health Promotion, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

23100

Nursing Care of Developing Families, Cr. 3, Cl. 2, Lab. 3

NUR

10700

Introduction to Professional Nursing, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 17

Third Semester

NUR

20100

Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

NUR

23200

Nursing Care of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, Cr. 3, Cl. 2, Lab. 3

NUR

23300

Nursing Care of Adults, Cr. 4, Cl. 2, Lab. 6

ENGL

10100

English Composition I, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

PSY

12000

Elementary Psychology, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 16

Fourth Semester

NUR

23400

Psychosocial Nursing Care, Cr. 3, Cl. 2, Lab. 3

NUR

23700

Nursing Synthesis, Cr. 6, Cl. 2, Lab. 12

F&N

30300

Essentials of Nutrition, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

SOC

10000

Introductory Sociology, Cr. 3, Cl. 3

Total Credits: 15

Total AS credit hours: 66

GRADUATION CRITERIA:

Upon successful completion of AS general plan of study an Associate of Science degree with a major in nursing is granted. Graduates must complete the credit hours required in the appropriate plan of study, have at least 32 of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree, and have a minimum graduation index of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, all required non-nursing and nursing courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Students must meet also all graduation criteria established by the University.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Student enrolled in the AS Nursing Program must have submitted the following required documentation

    • Medical record
    • Required immunizations
    • TB screening or chest x-ray
    • American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Criminal Background Check
    • Drug Screening
    • Malpractice insurance purchased through the University

Policies and forms available in the Nursing Student Manual on the Department of Nursing website at www.pnc.edu.

All the curricular requirements of the PNC AS nursing program must be completed within six regular consecutive (Fall & Spring) semesters after beginning the nursing (NUR) sequence. This does not include time spent in any pre-nursing courses. Students cannot take a course without meeting the pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements.
Credit for required courses in the nursing program will be considered valid to meet the degree requirements for ten years.

Practicum:

Practicum experiences are available in various health agencies in La Porte, Porter, Lake, and the surrounding counties. Experiences in agencies differ in size and client population to broaden student learning. Students must provide their own transportation.

Progression Requirements:

After the first practicum nursing course, a student in the AS nursing program must be enrolled in a practicum nursing course each semester in order to progress and remain in the nursing program. In addition to the University scholastic requirements, the nursing program requires that any student earning a grade lower than a “C” in any required course within the plan of study must repeat that course satisfactorily. There is a limit to the number of times a student may withdrwaw or repeat any required course. Please see the Nursing Student Manual on the Nursing home page for specific information. Any student who departs from the approved plan of study for any reason progresses on a space available basis.

Miscellaneous Information:

Basic skills in mathematics and proficiency in drug dosage calculations are required throughout the nursing program faculty rights and responsibilities
The faculty reserve the right to update and otherwise revise the curriculum. Such information will be transmitted through notices and publications.
Each academic year, graduates of all nursing programs are recognized for their degree achievement at the PNC commencement ceremony in the spring. Any additional celebrations not approved by the Department of Nursing must be held off campus.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: BS PROGRAM OF STUDY

Enrollment:

Students transferring from another college or university must comply with the following:

  • Submit an application for admission to the university
  • Submit an application for enrollment to the nursing program
  • Interview with select Nursing Faculty.
  • A student transferring from another college, university, or Purdue campus may be admitted to the nursing program based on past academic performance and other relevant data. Criteria will be applied in a manner consistent with Department of Nursing policies in effect at the time the application is submitted.

Transfer applications from students who have completed a nursing course or courses at another institution will be considered on an individual basis. Qualified students will be admitted as space is available in the required nursing course(s). For further information, contact the Department of Nursing Chairperson.

To be eligible for consideration, students must meet the academic and subject-matter requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the college(s) previously attended.

Transfer or Advance Standing Credit:

Credit for non-nursing courses at Purdue University will be given for work of equivalent character and amount successfully completed at another accredited college. Advance standing will be determined on the basis of these credits. Advanced credit will be regarded as provisional and may be withdrawn by the Office of Admissions upon recommendation of the department concerned if dependent work is not satisfactorily completed.

When credit earned at another college or university is transferred to Purdue and accepted toward advanced standing, the credit is converted into terms of Purdue courses and applied to the program of study. It does not follow that the student’s classification in the University or the time necessary for completion of the required work for a degree will be in line with that which was expected at the previous institution. Grades are not transferred; only credit in the course is recorded.

Credit may be granted for nursing, science, or general education studies courses taken more than 10 years ago.

LPN Credit by Examination (Advance Placement):

A credit by examination advanced placement option is offered to Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) qualified to enter the PNC nursing program. The National League for Nursing (NLN) RN Mobility Tests, parts I and II, are utilized to establish credit by examination. A fee is charged by the NLN for administration of each test. For further information, contact the Department of Nursing office.

Advanced Placement Requirements:

To meet the qualifications for participation in the LPN mobility option, the applicant must meet the enrollment requirements for the nursing program as well as the general University admission requirements and must possess an active LPN license. Specific requirements for advanced placement include:

  • Admission to the University;
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours of completed anatomy and physiology course work transferable for Purdue University credit;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 or better in previous course work;
  • Successful performance on the National League for Nursing (NLN) LPN to RN Mobility Test, Part I;
  • Must have completed high school with a “C” or better in chemistry, or have a “C” or better in college chemistry.