The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing will move to a twice a
year admission, admitting students in both the spring and fall. Students can
apply for a spot in either the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program
or accelerated 18-month BSN mobility option designed for college graduates
who already hold bachelor's degrees in non-nursing fields.
"There is a nationwide shortage of professional nurses, and in Indiana the Lake County region is one of the hardest hit. Admitting students twice a year will help meet the demand for nurses while speeding up the educational process for those students who have already demonstrated their ability to be successful in college," said Linda Rooda, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions
Two categories of students are admitted to the baccalaureate program: basic baccalaureate students, who are pursuing initial preparation for nursing, and registered nurse students, who are graduates of diploma or associate degree programs in nursing. The baccalaureate curriculum has one year of prerequisite courses followed by three years of nursing and other general education courses.
Nursing courses are open only to students who have been certified into the nursing program. Prerequisite courses may be taken at any of the IU campuses or may be accepted as transfer credits from other accredited institutions.
The accelerated 18-month BSN mobility option is based on a full-time plan of study emphasizing health promotion, maintenance of maximum levels of wellness, and regaining health after health crises in individuals and families. Clinical experiences will focus on both hospital and community-based nursing. Students admitted to this accelerated option will have completed all of their pre-requisite courses. For many students, the only pre-requisite courses that they have not already taken by virtue of their previous bachelor's degree will be sciences such as anatomy and physiology and microbiology.
Rooda said advisors work closely with all students before admission to nursing, in order to insure that previous courses will transfer or be counted appropriately and to make certain that students are ready to enter the nursing major.
The Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing is committed to improving the health of the citizens of Indiana, the nation and beyond by addressing society's need for effective nurses. For more information about the school and its programs visit the school's Web site at www.iun.edu/~nurse or call (219) 980-6600.