School of Nursing

In Brief

Purdue University Global’s School of Nursing, one of the leading educators of nursing professionals in the country, is committed to training nurses to deliver health care that is evidence-based, safe, and sensitive to the culture of the patient, family, and community at large. The School of Nursing helps its students and graduates build careers in nursing positions where they are expected to blend the latest advances in nursing science and other disciplines with outstanding leadership and interprofessional collaborative care.

Our nursing graduates are tasked with caring for an aging population with greater health care demands, and they play an important role in developing solutions to better manage care, costs, access, and more at a critical time when health care is undergoing unprecedented change.

Most nursing students at Purdue Global are already far along in their nursing careers. They are older (median age 37), working full or part time in the nursing field, and raising families while attending school.

Nursing Programs

Purdue Global’s School of Nursing offers five programs. These include the following:

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): This degree program prepares individuals to become a registered nurse (RN) and to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN): The BSN degree program is offered as an RN-to-BSN program. The RN-BSN pathway is for RNs prepared at the diploma or ADN level and is designed to provide an education that enhances the RN’s knowledge and skills to better meet the complex and evolving demands of health care.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): This degree program builds on a BSN-prepared RN’s previous nursing educational and clinical experience. It prepares students to pursue advanced practice in a variety of health care settings, selecting from five specific areas. The specialty areas at Purdue Global for the MSN include the following: Executive Leader, Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGC): This program is for RNs who already have an MSN and want to pursue an additional specialty area. The PGC specialty areas include the following: Executive Leader, Nurse Educator, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Launched in 2013 and focused on preparing nursing leaders to practice at the highest levels in professional nursing, the DNP program is delivered online with students completing a minimum of 1,000 postbaccalaureate practice hours within their communities. The DNP program is designed to prepare nurses to analyze data and scientific research to improve the nursing practice and quality of health care.

See more information about Purdue Global’s School of Nursing degrees.

Degrees Conferred

The School of Nursing conferred over 1,200 degrees, certificates, and diplomas in Purdue Global's 2018–2019 academic year. This includes 155 associate's degrees, 375 bachelor's degrees, 622 master's degrees, and 28 doctorate degrees.

Accreditation and Approvals

The School of Nursing’s baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and the postgraduate APRN certificate program at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


Below is a sample list of employers with which at least three or more School of Nursing graduates are employed:

AdventHealth Inova Health System Methodist Hospital
Baptist Health Jackson Health System Mount Sinai Medical Center
Broadlawns Medical Center Kaiser Permanente Providence Hospital
Bronson Methodist Hospital Kindred Hospital Select Specialty Hospital
Bryan Health Lee Health Sentara Healthcare
CHI Health Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Southern Maine Health Care
Correct Care Solutions MaineGeneral Health Sparrow Health System
DaVita Mayo Clinic Spectrum Health
Department of Veterans Affairs MedStar Health Tenet Healthcare
Eastern Maine Medical Center Mercyhealth® UnityPoint Health
Fresenius Kidney Care Mercyhealth® System – OH University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Genesis HealthCare Mercyhealth® System – WI Waverly Health Center
Gundersen Health System Mercy Medical Center Entities –Cedar Rapids Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
HCA Healthcare MercyOne Entities – IA


Leadership and Faculty



Updated 3/25/2020