Department of Nursing and Health Studies

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Is Nursing Your Passion?

Purdue University North Central (PNC) has educated thousands of nurses who are at work in one of the most challenging, most secure and most fulfilling professions available today. Countless career options are open to nurses. Nurses are health professionals who provide focused and highly personalized care, and are advocates for patients, families and communities.

As a nurse, you will be in one of the most respected career fields. You might choose to focus on a particular specialty. You will have opportunities available in hospitals and medical facilities; in the community, promoting health and disease prevention; and in research and management. At PNC, you will have nursing faculty members who will get to know you and help you develop your unique talents as a nurse.

PNC offers a Bachelor of Science degree program, which is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission).

According to The American Association of Colleges of Nursing,

  • The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing is the critical first step for a career in professional nursing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and other leading nursing organizations recognize the BS degree as the minimum educational requirement for professional nursing practice. While graduates can begin practice as an RN with an associate degree or hospital diploma, the BS degree is essential for nurses seeking to perform at the case-manager or supervisory level or move across employment settings.
  • The BS nurse is preferred – More nurse executives are indicating their desire for the majority of their hospital staff nurses to be prepared at the baccalaureate level to meet the more complex demands of today’s patient care. In fact, the words “BS preferred” are appearing more frequently in classified ads for registered nurses nationwide.


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Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.
(Formerly NLNAC, National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 404-975-5000

Contact the Department of Nursing

Department of Nursing
Purdue University North Central
Technology Building, Room 357
1401 S. U.S. 421
Westville, IN 46391

Diane Spoljoric
Department Chair of Nursing; Associate Professor of Nursing
Phone: (219) 785-5388
Fax: (219) 785-5495

Nancy Wilhelm
Department Secretary
TECH 357
Phone (219) 785-5454
Fax: (219) 785-5495

Nicole Hartford
Professional Academic Advisor for Nursing
Phone: (219) 785-5439

Christina Nevill
Dean’s Secretary, College of Science
Phone: (219) 785-5726

Department of Nursing Phone & Fax:
(219) 785-5226
Toll-Free in Indiana: (800) 872-1231 ext. 5226
Fax Number: (219) 785-5495