Purdue University Northwest Online Clinical Nurse Specialist & Family Nurse Practitioner Programs

The College of Nursing through Purdue University Northwest (PNW) offers an online MSN program with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS) specializations. An AGCNS Post-Master’s Certificate is also available. Students come to campus once during the Advanced Health Assessment course and complete precepted clinicals at approved sites local to the student.

The online nursing programs are offered part-time only, making them especially attractive to nurses working full-time or those needing to balance work, school, and family obligations. The MSN can be completed in about three years on a part-time basis, but students have up to six years to complete the programs. Students are eligible to transfer in a number of courses to the AGCNS certificate program and the minimum credit requirement is 12 credits.

PNW seeks to prepare graduates of these programs to merge knowledge, evidence, and practice skills with patient preferences; serve as leaders in a variety of nursing settings; and practice in a manner that honors humanistic nursing values. The curriculum focuses on clinical development, scientific inquiry, leadership, and role development. Unique to this program is the focus on developing the universe of nursing as defined by the concepts of Person, Health, Environment, and Nursing.

In addition, there is a great emphasis on the teaching-learning process that is constantly evolving throughout the program between faculty, preceptors, and students. Through this process, students learn to use critical thinking skills to communicate effectively, utilize evidence-based practice and become leaders who are committed to lifelong learning.

Purdue University Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Purdue University Northwest is located in Hammond, Indiana.

What to Expect from Purdue University Northwest Online Nursing Programs

Admission Requirements: All nursing applicants must hold an unencumbered RN license in a U.S. state. No GRE or GMAT is required. Admission materials include an application and fee, three recommendations, a 300 to 500-word statement, transcripts, a resume, and proof of RN licensure. Official transcripts are not required until acceptance.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

MSN: Hold a BSN degree from an accredited program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; have completed a basic physical assessment course and an introductory statistics course; pass a criminal background check.

AGCNS Post-Master’s Certificate: Hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree from an accredited program; have at least one year or 1,500 hours of RN work experience.

State Restrictions: Purdue University Northwest is an NC-SARA participant and accepts students from all states within this agreement. However, there may be restrictions for some states including for states such as California, New York, and Pennsylvania. If students live outside of Indiana, Illinois, or Wisconsin, they should check with the admissions department of the Purdue University Northwest College of Nursing to verify enrollment eligibility and licensure requirements. In addition, out-of-state students should always verify that the program meets state licensure requirements and precepted hours in their state of residence.

Study Plan: Nursing students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters. The online MSN and certificate programs are offered on a part-time basis only. Students can complete the MSN program in about 36 months or three years. Depending on the GAP Analysis, the certificate programs can be completed in about 18 months to two years. Students come to the Hammond Campus once for the Advanced Health Assessment course.

MSN Curriculum: The MSN programs comprise 47 credits and require completion of 555 precepted clinical hours. Core courses for both MSN programs include Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing; Sociocultural Influences on Health; Research and Evidence-Based Practice; Theoretical and Ethical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing; Informatics in Nursing; Healthcare Organization, Policy, and Economics; Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment; Pathophysiologic Concepts I-II; and Health Promotion for Advanced Practice in Nursing.

  • FNP Specialty Courses: Primary Care of the Young Family and Practicum; Primary Care of the Aging Family and Practicum; and FNP Practicum: Clinical Synthesis.
  • AGCNS Specialty Courses: Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist I-II and Practicum; and Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum III: Clinical Synthesis.

AGCNS Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum: The AGCNS certificate comprises up to 30 credits depending on the results of a GAP Analysis and includes 555 clinical hours. A minimum of 12 credits is required to earn the certificate. Courses include Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing; Advanced Health Assessment; Pathophysiologic Concepts I-II; and Health Promotion for Advanced Practice in Nursing. Each of these courses may be waived depending on prior schooling. The remaining AGCNS courses follow the specialty courses as listed above.

Online Experience: Purdue University Northwest is now utilizing D2L Brightspace as its online learning management system (LMS). The institution is transitioning from
Blackboard Learn. Almost all of the nursing courses are offered fully online in an asynchronous format. The Advanced Health Assessment course requires one campus visit. The Adult-Gerontology CNS I-II courses are a combination of synchronous and asynchronous delivery. Online students should have a computer or laptop with at least 4 GB of RAM and at least 250 GB of internal storage. PNW does not recommend the use of iPads or Chromebooks. Software needed includes Microsoft Office and anti-virus software. Students have access to a variety of online resources and apps including email, Google apps, Kaltura, the PNW Mobile app, and WebEx. Online student services include faculty office hours, academic advising, technical support, library and online bookstore, tutoring, and career counseling.

On-Site Requirements: One visit to the Hammond, Indiana campus is required for the Advanced Health Assessment course. Certificate students may have this course waived depending on prior education. Graduation is also held on campus and students are encouraged to attend.

Paying for Purdue University Northwest Online Nursing Programs

Purdue University Northwest charges $459.85 per credit plus fees for online graduate nursing tuition. Travel expenses for the campus requirement are not included in tuition costs. For an updated tuition and fee schedule, prospective students should check with the Purdue University Northwest College of Nursing admissions department.

Purdue University Northwest online graduate nursing students may be eligible for unsubsidized federal student loans by applying through the FAFSA. Graduate nursing students are encouraged to check with their employers as to the option of a tuition reimbursement program. As well, there may be community, organizational, and religious grants and scholarships available.

Purdue University Northwest

The part-time MSN and certificate programs through Purdue University Northwest, with FNP and AGCNS specializations include one campus visit, low tuition rates, and a focus on the teaching-learning process between faculty, preceptors, and students.

APRN Programs

MSN – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Care
MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner
Post-Master's Certificate – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Campus Address

Gyte Annex, Room 138, 2200 169th Street
Hammond, Indiana 46323

Purdue University Northwest – MSN – Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Care

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY, PA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$21,612.95

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$21,612.95

Purdue University Northwest – MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Essentials

Degree Level

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

Specialization

FNP – Family Nurse Practitioner

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

47

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

BSN – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY, PA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

47

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$21,612.95

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$21,612.95

Purdue University Northwest – Post-Master's Certificate – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Program Essentials

Degree Level

Post-Master Certificate – Post-Graduate (Post-MSN) Nursing Certificate

Specialization

CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist

Program Start Dates

Fall, Spring

100% Online?

No

Campus Visits Required

1

Credits Needed to Graduate

30

Program Accreditation

ACEN – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Program Admissions

Level of Education Required?

MSN – Master of Science in Nusing

GRE or GMAT Required?

No GRE Required

GPA Required?

3.0 or higher

State Restrictions? (Will Not Accept From…)

CA, NY, PA

Program Tuition

Credit Hours

30

Cost Per Credit Hour (state resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (state resident)

$13,795.50

Cost Per Credit Hour (non-resident)

$459.85

Estimated Total Tuition (non-resident)

$13,795.50

Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the published tuition rate. Rates may change, so please check here for the latest tuition information. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the rates for part-time students. “Resident” and “non-resident” refer to the student’s school-recognized state residency status. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Estimated total tuition does not include additional fees.