Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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Program at a Glance
  • Prepare to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam.
  • Complete a capstone course and create a personalized professional development plan.
  • Real-world clinical practice experiences are incorporated throughout the program at various health care facilities in your local area.
  • The program is available to residents of Maine who enroll at Purdue Global’s Augusta location.
COURSE EFFORT 12–18 Hours per Week
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing Overview

Purdue Global’s prelicensure bachelor’s degree in nursing emphasizes professional growth and continuous learning and provides the foundation for progressively higher levels of nursing practice.

Program outcomes promote leadership in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing global health care system:

  • Integrate theoretical and empirical knowledge from multiple fields of study, including nursing, the humanities, and the behavioral, mathematical, and biophysical sciences, into a basis for formulating nursing practice decisions.
  • Apply the nursing process to the care of patients across the life span and in the continuum of health care environments to promote the achievement of positive patient outcomes.
  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to deliver competent, culturally sensitive, and developmentally appropriate care as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Analyze the impact of power, politics, policy, and financial and regulatory guidelines on health systems.
  • Evaluate research for use in nursing practice.
  • Demonstrate safe and appropriate use of health care and information technologies in the delivery of nursing care.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning that reflects ethical, political, legal, and economic values in professional practice.
  • Apply effective communication and collaboration skills within the professional role.
  • Use evidence-based practice and the nursing process to develop solutions related to health promotion, disease, and injury prevention across the life span.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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The post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

BSN Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses in the U.S. is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations from 2016 to 2026. Be ready to meet the anticipated industry demand.

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is considered essential for registered nurses seeking broader professional responsibilities and career opportunities. Baccalaureate-level nurses are typically generalists who provide direct and indirect patient care.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Service Orientation
  4. Speaking
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Curriculum Highlights

Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty

Learn from dedicated professionals who provide the leadership and guidance to foster the next generation of nurses. Purdue Global's curriculum is regularly reviewed by experienced industry experts, ensuring our graduates are well-prepared for today's challenges.

Knowledge Essential to Professional Nursing Practice

The core courses cover in-depth physical assessment, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, information technology, leadership, and public health nursing. Also, you may choose nursing electives, which can serve as precertification preparation for subspecialty areas of nursing, including hospice/palliative care nursing, transcultural nursing, faith community nursing, and holistic nursing.

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The Prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum integrates several learning modes, including theory, lab, clinical, and simulation experiences, that incorporate the knowledge, skills, and values essential for professional nursing practice. 

Sample Courses
  • Nursing Care of Adults
  • Nursing Care of Childbearing Families
  • Nursing Care of Children, Adolescents, and Families
  • Nursing Care of the Mental Health Patient and Family
  • Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits139
  • Elective Credits10
  • Total Credits182

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 231 Faculty publications in 2018–2019
student at desk icon More Than 50,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2018–2019

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, August 2019. 2018–2019 academic year.

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*Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN® exam may be academically eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in Maine. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. 

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.