Q&A with IPFW Nursing Advisors

Have you been considering a nursing degree? Perhaps the 4 year Bachelor of Science? At IPFW, our nursing program offers just that! Our nursing advisors, Sydney Miracle and Jo Bauman, have teamed up to answer some of the most common questions students have about our Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing program. 

Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
A: This program can be completed in 4 years based on full-time attendance. This includes pre-nursing course work. A student may go part-time if needed, which would extend the time needed to complete the program.

Q:  What is the pre-nursing course work?
A: 10 courses (consisting of 33 credit hours) that a student will take their Freshman year in college: ENG W131, PSY 12000, COM 11400, BIOL 20300, CHM 10400, ENG W233, BIOL 20400, FNN 30300, BIOL 22000 and SOC S161 (or ANTH E105).

Q: I am a transfer student. How will this affect my admission to the Nursing program?
A: For program admission, all 33 pre-nursing credit hours must be completed. First priority consideration for program admission is given to students who have completed 15 or more of the 33 pre-nursing credit hours at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses. Six credit hours of a required science course (FNN 30300, BIOL 20300, BIOL 20400, BIOL 22000, PCTX 20100, CHM 10400, CHM 11100 or CHM 11200) must be taken at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses for admission consideration. The remaining pre-nursing credit hours would need to come as transfer credits.

Q:  Other than the pre-nursing course work are there other requirements for application?
A: The semester a student applies to the nursing program they will take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scholastic aptitude assessment pre-admission examination. Applicants will also need to write an essay; they will be given the topic and criteria.

Q: What are my options if I am not accepted to the Nursing program?
A: You may reapply during the next application period. You should meet with your academic advisor to review your options.

Q: I’ve been out of school for some time. Will I be able to enroll in the program?
A: Yes. Many returning adult students are anxious about returning to school and find that other classmates may be in the same situation and can provide valuable support. Students have many free academic support services available to them. These services can be found on the website.

Q: Is assistance available to guide me in choosing courses throughout the program and in answering questions I have about the program?
A: Yes. Our experienced academic advisors and faculty members are available to you and are 100 percent committed to your success in the program. Visit our website for contact information.

Q: Where do I obtain the application to apply to the program?
A: Application for admission to the B.S. program is available through an academic advisor. Deadlines for applying are July 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester

Q: What are the fees and other expenses associated with the program?
A: Other expenses for Nursing students include uniforms and a name badge, CPR training, physical exams and immunizations, liability insurance, and Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) testing fees. See the “Frequently Asked Questions” page of the Department of Nursing website for a complete list.

If you still have questions, or would like to contact someone about applying to the Nursing Program at IPFW, visit our website or give us a call at 260-481-6816.

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