Undergraduate Nursing Program

Nurses are the largest single group of healthcare providers in the United States. Over the years, professional nurses have shed their handmaiden role to become caregivers on the frontlines of health care. Purdue's four-year baccalaureate nursing program prepares you to excel as an RN, working with diverse patients and teams in any setting.

See how a passion for helping others and a love of science combine in Purdue's direct-admit BSN program. Gain real-world experience practicing interdisciplinary healthcare in clinical settings. Participate in real-life situations using state-of-the-art simulators that respond to prescribed treatments. Learn from award-winning faculty with credentials in a range of specialties.

Potential Career Options

From surgery rooms to neonatal intensive care units to community health clinics, exciting and unlimited career opportunities are available for nurses:

  • Work in the emergency room of a large metropolitan hospital.
  • Help people in underdeveloped countries as a nurse in the Armed Forces or Peace Corps.
  • Deliver home health care to elderly or lower-income families as a community health nurse.
  • Work in hospitals all over the world as a nurse employed by one of many traveling nurse agencies.

In the Midwest, $45,000 is the average starting salary for a new graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing. Experienced RNs can earn over $60,000 per year.

Experiential Learning

The School of Nursing has arrangements with more than 200 agencies. In addition to hospitals and clinics throughout northcentral Indiana and Indianapolis, examples include:

Virtual Tour of the School of Nursing

Take a virtual tour of the School of Nursing or view a video tour of the Center for Nursing Education and Simulation.

Potential Graduate School Options

  • Clinical research
  • Advanced practice nursing
  • Nursing education

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

Students should choose the most recent plan of study to view current degree requirements for the BSN program.

Additional information for prospective students is available on our Future Students page. Future first-time college students should view Purdue's Freshman Admission Criteria to review application requirements. Registration for an information session about the Nursing program is available through our Visit Us page.

How do I switch my major?

If you are a current Purdue student interested in switching your major to Nursing, please visit the Changing Your Major page to learn more about the process to join the College of Health and Human Sciences. Applications to switch to Nursing are reviewed in May for enrollment beginning the following Fall semester.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Nursing from another college or university, please visit our Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University. Please note that our Nursing program is not offered online.

We encourage transfer students to schedule an individual appointment with a member of our staff so that we can best meet your needs. You may request an appointment online.

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