Department of Nursing
School of Health Sciences
Neff Hall B50 ~ 260-481-6816 ~ www.ipfw.edu/nursing
The IPFW Parkview Nursing Program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC), 61 Broadway 33rd Floor, New York, NY 10006, telephone, 1-800-669-1656. All current nursing policies are online at www.ipfw.edu/nursing/handbook/default.shtml.
As graduates of a prelicensure nursing program, students will have attained the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality healthcare and the academic credentials required to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Upon successful completion of this examination, the student will be eligible to practice as a registered nurse. The associate degree graduate is prepared to provide nursing care within structured healthcare organizations. The baccalaureate degree graduate is prepared at the professional level to function in a leadership role with other team members in varied and complex healthcare settings.
The RN-B.S. curriculum is uniquely designed for associate degree or diploma registered nurses, working full or part time, who wish to step up to bachelor’s degree. It is designed to meet the student’s professional goals in a flexible environment. Included in the program are two clinical practicums in a variety of acute, longterm, and community settings. Advising is personalized.
Students are responsible for current nursing policies found online at www.ipfw.edu/nursing/handbook/default.shtml.
Admission to the nursing program from prenursing is limited and competitive. Prenursing applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be admitted to IPFW as a degree-seeking student (see Part 7)
- Complete 16 hours of prenursing curriculum with a grade of C or better in each course. Courses may be repeated only one time. The prenursing curriculum includes:
CHM 104 or CHM 111
- Have a minimum IPFW grade-point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in the prenursing curriculum. The GPA is calculated on only the 16 hours of prenursing curriculum taken at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses. Applicants are ranked based on this GPA. This GPA does not include transfer courses.
- A minimum GPA does not guarantee admission. The actual GPA necessary for admission varies with the GPA distribution of the applicant pool and the number of available seats for admission.
- Applicants are required to take a preadmission examination.The examination is administered on specific dates and times. Applicants pay a testing fee.
- All transfer grades will be reviewed and evaluated in the admission process.
- First-priority consideration for program admission will be given to students who have completed 9 or more of the 16 prenursing curriculum hours at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses. Three credit hours of a required science must be taken at a Purdue University or Indiana University campus for admission consideration.
- If additional seats are available, the second priority is given to students who have completed less than 9 of the 16 prenursing curriculum hours at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses. Three credit hours of required science must be taken at a Purdue University or Indiana University campus for admission consideration.
- If additional seats are available, the third priority is given to students who have none of the 16 prenursing curriculum hours at IPFW or at other Purdue University or Indiana University campuses. In this case, the transfer GPA of the prenursing curriculum will be used for admission.
Transfer Students from Other Nursing Programs
Transfer students from other NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited RN nursing programs may be considered for admission based on availability of space. Students must have completed 24 credit hours with a GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale) or higher.
- Applicants are required to take a preadmission examination. The examination is administered on specific dates and times. Applicants pay a testing fee.
Criteria for Dismissal from Prenursing/ Ineligibility for Admission to Nursing
- A student who earns two grades below C in the same or any combination of two courses required in the prenursing curriculum will be ineligible for program admission for a period of five years after earning the last grade below C.
Criteria/Requirements for All Applicants
- Should a tie in applicants’ GPAs occur, rank ordering will be based upon the number of repeated courses at IPFW and then on grades earned in science courses at IPFW.
- Students will apply to enter the A.S. or B.S. degree program.
- Students are admitted for a specific semester and are expected to enter that semester. Students who do not enter that semester must reapply for competitive program admission. Students who decline admission two times will no longer be considered.
- Students must apply by the following deadlines: May 1 (fall semester) or Dec. 1 (spring semester).
- LPN admission is conducted once per year with a Dec. 1 (spring semester) application deadline.
- Students must return the acceptance form by the deadline stated in the acceptance letter.
- Students who have not been accepted, but who are qualified, may reapply for admission.
- Credits in developmental courses (ENG R150, R151. W130, or MA 109) do not apply toward either the prenursing or nursing curriculum.
- Students must have completed courses in biology and pharmacology within five years of application.
- Students must have completed courses in chemistry and nutrition within 10 years of application.
Special Academic Regulations for Students in Nursing
Physicals, Immunizations, TB, and CPR
- Proof of physical examination within six months of admission, required immunizations, and required TB testing must accompany the nursing application.
- Proof of CPR, TB, and liability insurance must be submitted to the nursing office each semester by Aug. 1 (fall semester), Dec. 1 (spring semester), and May 1 (summer session).
- Students are expected to complete the A.S. within four years after admission to the program.
- Students are expected to complete the B.S. within five years after admission to the program.
- Students are required to complete the degree under the requirements specified in the Bulletin, Requirements for Degrees (see Part 7), and School of Health Sciences (see Part 3), in effect at the time of admission to nursing.
Validating Previous Knowledge and Experience
- Previously acquired knowledge/experience may be validated by challenge examination(s). Contact a nursing or prenursing advisor for specific information and department guidelines.
- In all cases, eligibility for a challenge examination; the type of examination; testing procedures, date, time, and location; and evaluation of the performance will be determined by the IPFW Department of Nursing faculty. Decisions made by the department faculty with respect to the above are final. Only one attempt at an authorized challenge examination may be made.
- RN–B.S. students who are certified by a recognized nursing organization may seek credit towards a nursing elective. Certain certificates may be used as credit for required nursing courses.
- If a student earns a grade below C in a required nursing course, enrollment in another nursing course cannot be completed until the failed course is repeated with an earned grade of C or better.
- If a student earns two grades below C in the same or any combination of two courses required in the nursing curriculum, the student will be dismissed from the nursing program. A student who has been dismissed from the nursing program is ineligible for admission into the nursing program for a period of five years from the date of dismissal.
- Dismissal from the nursing program may result at anytime if it is determined that inappropriate behavior of a nursing student places clients, other students, staff, faculty, or the university at risk for any harm or potential harm.
- A student who is dismissed may appeal the decision to the Department of Nursing. If the student is dismissed for failure to meet the university’s minimum academic standards, application for readmission must follow the procedures established by the university. The Department of Nursing does provide the Academic Renewal option.