BS in Nursing (Traditional Option)

BS in Nursing (Traditional Option)

The BSN traditional option is for students seeking their first Bachelor’s Degree who wish to pursue a degree in nursing. The program can be completed in four years (on time completion).

After completion of foundational prerequisite courses (see the bulletin), students begin the program in the summer of the sophomore year.

Acceptance into the nursing program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and a minimum pre-nursing GPA of 2.7.

The B.S. in nursing degree requires a total of 120 credit hours which include 26 - 28 credit hours of Anatomy and Physiology  I and II (PHSL P261 and PHSL P262),  Chemistry (C110), English Composition (W131), Math (M100), Psychology I or II, (P101 or P102) and Sociology (S161).

Anatomy and Physiology I and II (PHSL P261 and PHSL P262), Chemistry (C110), Microbiology (M200) and Statistics (K300) must be completed in the last 7 years.

Offers of admission are mailed in early June. 

Most of the clinical sites where Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing students complete their hands-on clinical experiences (such as hospitals, clinics, and other agencies) require a national background check before students can be placed in their organization. Based on the requirements of these agencies, as well as state and federal regulations, all students in the School of Nursing must undergo a national background check prior to admission and annually thereafter.

Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing has selected to complete these background checks. The results of a student's background check may impact his or her admission status in the School of Nursing, preclude students from attending clinical, and/or affect ability to obtain licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Indiana and other states.

Per the School of Nursing's clinical affiliations, all background checks that are other than negative will be sent to the student's clinical agency/agencies for review. If a clinical agency refuses to allow a student to participate in a clinical at the agency, the student may not be allowed to progress in the nursing program.

  • A critical thinker who demonstrates intellectual engagement and uses evidence as a basis for clinical reasoning and decision making.

  • A culturally sensitive individual who promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion across the care continuum.

  • A knowledgeable care coordinator who facilitates access to resources across the continuum of health care environments in order to meet the evolving health care needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations.

  • An individual who understands and considers the impact of health care policy, finance, and regulatory environments on care delivery.

  • An individual who embodies the professional identity of the nurse and translates the inherent values of the nursing profession into the ethical and legal practice of nursing.
  • An effective communicator who collaborates with interprofessional team members, patients and their support systems for improved health outcomes.

  • A competent care provider who is prepared to practice to the full capacity of the professional nurse role in diverse health care environments.

  • An accountable leader and manager who applies principles of systems and organizational processes and who balances resources to promote quality care and patient safety.

  • An individual who embraces and employs innovations in information management and technology in the delivery of quality patient care.

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