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It’s Time to Improve Patients’ Lives While You Improve Your Future

This is your moment, the next big step in your life and career. At Purdue Global, you’ll earn a nursing degree you can be proud of and an education employers will respect. Earn credit for the knowledge and experience you bring to our online classroom, and gain the skills you need to succeed in the fast-changing field of healthcare. Start your comeback at Purdue Global, Purdue’s online university for working adults.

Proven Academic

Build your future with a highly relevant online nursing degree or certificate, taught by professors sharing their real-world experience and expertise. If you have work, education, or military experience, we’ll help you earn credit for what you already know, getting you even closer to reaching your goal.

Built for Working

We understand what it means to be a working adult and take your success as personally as you do. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are with you every step of the way, giving you personalized assistance on career planning, coursework, job searches, networking, and more.

Backed by

Purdue Global is backed by Purdue University, one of the nation’s most respected and innovative public universities. Our students become part of a well-connected community that can help open doors. With the power of Purdue, you can come back bigger, stronger, and better than ever.

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Discover ExcelTrack®

A Faster, More Affordable Way to Earn Your Nursing Degree

This competency-based option is available for the RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, and the nurse executive leader postgraduate certificate.

  • Work at your own pace.
  • Use your knowledge and experience to move faster through topics you already know and focus only on skills you need to learn.
  • Take as many courses as you want per term for one flat rate (excluding fees).

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Estimate how much your prior learning credits can reduce your tuition and time to graduation.

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CCNE Accredited

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and the postgraduate APRN certificate programs at Purdue Global are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Position Yourself for Leadership Opportunities in Nursing

Lower Your Costs and Graduate Sooner

Transfer up to 135 credits toward your RN-to-BSN, reducing your coursework up to 75%.

Gain Real-World Knowledge

Learn from faculty who are experienced RNs, bringing you knowledge and practices from the field.

Study on Your Own Schedule

Take courses online, on your schedule. With enrollment opportunities throughout the year, and no waitlists, it’s never too late to start on your degree.

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Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Meet the Demand

Nursing is expected to add more than 203,200 jobs each year from 2021 through 2031.

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Take 3 Weeks to Get to Know Us

Not sure if Purdue Global is right for you? Experience a Purdue Global undergraduate program for an introductory 3-week period.

There’s no financial obligation and no cost to apply.

That's the Purdue Global Commitment.

Invest in Yourself and Your Future

Purdue Global is committed to helping you find the most efficient and affordable path to your goal. Apply work experience, transfer credits, and military experience toward up to 75% of your undergraduate degree and earn your degree in as few as 2 years.

Transfer Credits: Use credits you earned at another institution to graduate sooner.

Credit for Experience: Leverage your work, military, and academic experience. On average, students who submit an experiential learning portfolio save nearly $11,000 on tuition for undergraduate programs.

Financial Aid: Learn how to apply for and receive Title IV federal financial aid for many of our degree programs.

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Our Students Succeed

Purdue Global is dedicated to preparing students like you for the careers of tomorrow.

I chose Purdue Global for the fast pace at which I could complete my studies.

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AS in Nursing

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Why Purdue Global?

Academic Quality

Our curriculum is vetted by leading, experienced professionals, so you learn the latest skills and practices.

Anytime, Anywhere

Choose from more than 175 online programs including associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees and certificates.

Hands On

Experience real-world learning in your specialized field through our interactive online campus.

Built for Adults

With flexible learning options, a generous transfer credit policy, and personalized support, we're dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

We Are a Military Friendly School

Purdue Global understands the importance of a quality education and offers flexible programs designed to support those who balance career, duty, family, and their studies.


Average Completion Time: Completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Completion Time—12 Months: Requires 90 credits from prior ASN/ADN as well as prior learning credits (5 each) for the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences core requirements. Students are advised to complete one 6-credit course plus 8 modular credits per term for the first term and two 6-credit courses plus 8 modular credits per term for the second, third, and fourth terms to complete within 12 months. NU300 may only be taken in the first term along with modular credits. Students may combine NU497 and NU498 in the fourth term to complete in fewer than five terms. Students who have not met prerequisite requirements may need to complete more than the required 180 quarter credit hours to fulfill degree plan requirements. The current program features a revised degree plan and thus historic data on time to completion are not available.

Completion Time—BSN: Program may take longer for part-time students, students who take leaves of absence or drop and return, and students with a prior diploma/certificate vs. an associate's degree to complete. The number of required credits may vary depending on completion of prerequisites to take the bachelor's degree courses, which could affect how long it will take to complete the program. Fifty percent of 2021–2022 graduates completed the program in 18 months or less (Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, March 2023).

Employment, Career Advancement, and Professional Licensing: Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Graduates must meet state licensing and certification requirements and pass the NCLEX-RN® exam to become a registered nurse. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

Please note that most states require nurses to be nationally certified and to have completed an accredited graduate nursing program in order to obtain licensure as an advanced practice registered nurse. Each national certification provider and state Board of Nursing will have eligibility requirements in addition to these educational requirements, such as passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they are eligible for state Board of Nursing approval and certification as an advanced practice registered nurse in their state. Students can obtain additional information from their state's Board of Nursing, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please refer to Licensure and State Authorization for information on licensure, state authorizations, and program availability.

ExcelTrack®: ExcelTrack® is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information. Enrollees in either option will pay a per-term resource fee and program-specific fees. MSN and certificate programs include traditional clinical/practicum and final project courses; tuition for these courses is charged at the standard per-credit rate.

Experiential Learning Savings: In 2021–2022, incoming Purdue Global students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 33 quarter credit hours toward their Purdue Global undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $10,743.00. Tuition savings calculated as 33 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371.00 = $12,243.00 - $1,500.00 course fee = $10,743.00. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2021–2022 incoming Indiana students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review were $9,700. Savings for 2021–2022 incoming military students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $3,945.00 to $6,090.00. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Savings dependent on credit awards, which are dependent on individual circumstances. See University Catalog for Prior Learning Assessment policy. See for course fee refund policy. Source: Purdue Global School of General Studies, October 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Financial aid awards vary depending on individual student eligibility and need.

Future Degrees: The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

Indiana Tuition Reduction: Contact an Admissions Advisor for details. May not be combined with Purdue Global tuition reductions or ExcelTrack® pricing.

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

Testimonial: This testimonial was obtained by Purdue Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.

Three-Week Trial: Classes count toward a degree if satisfactorily completed. No credits are earned if the student withdraws during the introductory period (3 weeks for new qualifying undergraduate students), which begins day one of the first term. Students who choose to continue their studies at the University will need to meet specific requirements. Graduate programs not included. Additional terms may apply to international and non-U.S. citizen students. For further information, see the University Catalog.

Top Public University Rankings: Rankings apply to Purdue University West Lafayette and not to Purdue Global.

Transfer Credit: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for Prior Learning policy.