Nursing Degree

This is a general overview of the program of study. Students interested in details and requirements should go to the on line catalogue.

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According to recent reports, American hospitals are in a serious nursing shortage crisis, from large numbers of uninsured patients to spiraling costs, a shortage that can best be summed up by the fact that there are now more than 120,000 open positions for registered nurses nationwide.

Nurses are the largest single group of healthcare providers in the United States. Nurses support the general practitioners, physicians, dentists and surgeons, and provide hands-on care for the sickly and the injured. Their importance spans a great deal of other aspects that underlie most forms of medical treatment.

Nurses are also there throughout major milestones and challenges of our life — childbirth, accidents, and surgery. They are always there to put the doctor’s words into action and to provide the best possible treatment and care. PNC’s four-year baccalaureate nursing program prepares you to work with any group of people, in any setting, at any time.

Nursing Program Overview

PNC nursing studentThe BS Nursing 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.

Student Nurses begin their nursing education in the Nursing Resource Center where they learn basic nursing principles and procedures through classes and practice. Next door to the Nursing Resource Center is a Simulation Center, where students have the opportunity to practice skills using an advanced simulation model. The Nursing Media Lab is where students can gather for quiet study or to use the computers. Specialty software for nursing studies is available.

General Course Requirements for the BS Nursing Program

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • English Composition
  • Elementary Psychology
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Introductory Pharmacology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Health Assessment
  • Nursing Theory & Research
  • Elementary Statistical Methods
  • Essentials of Nutrition
  • Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice
  • Psychosocial Health Nursing
  • Computer Literacy
  • Family, Women, Newborn, Children, Adult and Community Health Nursing
  • The Health Care System in the US
  • Nursing Management & Leadership


Practicum experiences are available in various health agencies in LaPorte, 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. Students select clinical/practicum laboratory sections when they register for the course.

What’s Next?

Contacting the Admissions Department at PNC has never been easier! Call us at (219) 785-5505, email us at or complete our online request form.

For more information, contact Nicole Hartford, Professional Academic Advisor for Nursing, Purdue North Central, (219) 785-5439,