1100 Campus Drive South
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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Nursing Programs OfferedAccelerated BSN Programs
DNP Programs (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner - Post-master's certificate
RN to BSN Programs
RN to MSN Programs
RN to BSN Program Details
The College of Nursing admits registered nurses who want to earn a baccalaureate degree. Acceptable transfer credit hours from another college or university, credit by examination, and recognition for prior nursing course work, may be applied toward required and elective credit hours.
Bachelor of science degree in nursing from an accredited program
Reduced tuition for registered nurses
Credit for nursing courses following the successful completion of Phase I required courses
Transfer of non-nursing credits from other accredited colleges and universities
Availability of day, evening, and summer courses
Personal academic advisor
Availability of financial aid
Enhancement of career mobility
Foundation for Master's program
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in Indiana
Graduation from an accredited nursing program and provision of official transcripts
Transfer of Credits
Courses taken at accredited colleges or universities are accepted for credit in the BSN program. Transcripts of admitted applicants are evaluated and applicants are notified regarding courses acceptable for transfer. A grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better is necessary for transfer of credit from another institution. Credits earned more than fifteen years prior to application for admission are accepted toward graduation on a provisional basis, subject to successful completion of 30 credit hours at Valparaiso University with a 2.0 (C) average. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred to Valparaiso University and applied to a baccalaureate degree in nursing is 94 credits.
BSN Program Details
The College offers a four year curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. In accordance with the philosophy of Valparaiso University, the faculty of the College believes its responsibility is to foster intellectual, emotional and spiritual growth of the student as an educated person and as a competent professional nurse. The curriculum therefore, includes a wide variety of foundation courses in the natural and social sciences and the liberal arts as well as courses related to the principles and practice of nursing.
MSN Program Details
The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in nursing education prepares nurses to be educators for academic communities and/or health care organizations.
The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in nursing education prepares nurses to be educators for academic communities and/or health care organizations. At the completion of the 30-credit program, the graduate will be able to:
-Synthesize the roles of the nurse educator for persons in academic communities or health care organizations.
-Facilitate, assess, and evaluate learning by developing, managing, and delivering instruction and curricula about nursing knowledge, skill, and attitude.
-Develop, manage, and implement strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society, and technology on teaching and learning.
-Engage in the processes of scholarship, critical thinking, communication, change, and lifelong learning.
-Serve the academy or organization, the profession, and the community.
RN to MSN Program Details
The College of Nursing admits registered nurses who want to earn a Masters in Nursing degree through an accelerated option. Registered Nurses may complete the BSN and MSN degree in less than three years. Acceptable transfer credit hours from another college or university and credit by examination may be applied toward required and elective credit hours.
Special Requirements for Admission to RN-MSN Option:
Minimum 3.0 GPA in previous college level work
Transcripts from accredited ADN or Diploma Nursing Program
Evidence of Indiana Registered Nurse License
Completion of all general education courses required for BSN at Valparaiso University (with exception of Theology course and 9 elective credits)
Accelerated BSN Program Details
The Accelerated Option is designed for transfer students who have general education and science credits and for individuals seeking a second degree.
Minimum Criteria for Admission into the Accelerated Option:
3.0 Cumulative GPA in previous college course work.
No grade of less than a C in any science course.
A minimum of 54 transfer credits.
The curriculum can be completed in as little as 15 months. The time frame is applicable to students who have completed all prerequisite study and begin the program during Summer Session I, which begins in May. If students have not completed all prerequisite courses prior to starting the program or choose to start at another time, the program length will vary.