The bachelor's degree program in nursing is a direct-admit program where students complete four years of nursing courses including three years of clinical placements. Nursing prepares students for licensure as an RN, a dynamic career, leadership positions, and graduate education. Employment for RNs is projected to grow by more than 19% related to an increased emphasis on preventive care, growing rates of chronic conditions and a demand for healthcare services from baby boomers who are living longer, more active lives. Nurse practitioner positions are estimated to increase by 34%. Both of these figures are well ahead of the projected 11% growth for all occupations (BLS). Baccalaureate students focus on physical and mental health of individuals of all ages in a variety of settings from hospitals to clinics to the home. Students participate in real-life situations using state-of-the-art simulators that talk, breathe, bleed, give birth and respond - positively or negatively - to prescribed treatments. Students also have the opportunity to see real patients and practice interdisciplinary healthcare in Lyles Porter Hall through the Nursing Center for Family Health. Students are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX), which allows them, once passed, to be licensed in the state in which they wish to practice.
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Nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers in this country, and the need is growing. Employment rate following graduation has continually been at, or near, 100 percent. Once a year, the Purdue Nursing Student Council sponsors the Nursing Career Fair, which draws numerous healthcare employers from different areas of the country seeking to hire our graduates.
For students interested in pursuing further education, Purdue offers outstanding Master of Science degrees in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner.
Transfer to Nursing
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Nursing applications are accepted for the fall term only, and for transfer students, Purdue evaluates Nursing applications once each year. Nursing transfer applications must be complete by May 1.
To be considered for admission as a transfer student, applicants must have completed at least 12 semester credit hours (or equivalent) at a regionally accredited college or university, including at least six hours of college-level natural science courses (biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, etc.) with grades of B or higher. Admission is selective. The most qualified students are selected from the pool of applicants. Transcripts will be individually evaluated to determine placement of the student in the nursing program. Depending on space availability and completion of necessary prerequisites, it may be possible for a transfer student to complete the program in 6-8 semesters.
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