The RN to BSN Program is:

Convenient

  • Classes are held at multiple locations near Benedictine's Lisle campus and the Springfield branch campus.
  • Program is specifically designed for the working R.N. who is juggling multiple life priorities.
  • Accelerated format allows registered nurses to complete all nursing major and core courses within 12-16 months.

Affordable

  • Benedictine University provides a private education at a tuition rate that is competitive with state universities.
  • Financial Aid and scholarships opportunities are available as a full-time student.

Personal

  • The RN to BSN program values and builds on the knowledge and experience of the registered nurse.
  • Students progress as a member of a vibrant learning team.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in student governance.
  • An individualized academic plan is created for each student and presented on a one-to-one basis.

Flexible

  • Classes are offered on evenings.
  • Courses are web-enhanced.
  • Students have up to three years to fulfill program requirements.
  • Students progress through courses in an accelerated learning team.

RN to BSN Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum 2.5/4.0 from all colleges and universities attended.
  2. A current, unencumbered Illinois RN license.
  3. Demonstrated computer proficiency by a completed Benedictine University Computer Literacy Questionnaire.
  4. A minimum of 55 semester credit hours for non-partner applicants and 83 designated semester credit hours for 3+1 partner applicants documented by official college transcripts.
  5. Completion of all prerequisite course work prior to enrolling in a Benedictine nursing learning team.
  6. Letter of recommendation from a manager or supervisor. New graduates may obtain letter from a clinical nursing instructor.

Course Descriptions

NRHL 310 Scholarly Communication

Prepare the registered nurse to meet the expectations of both academic and professional nursing standards, including developing familiarity and fluency with APA format, participating in scholarly writing, paraphrasing and integrating sources, and demonstrating critical thinking skills necessary for scholarly advancement.

Pre-requisite: Admission to RN to BSN Program

Co-requisite: NRHL 325

NRHL 325 Dimensions of Professional Nursing Practice

Explores the conceptual foundations of baccalaureate nursing practice including:  historical and societal influences, professional identity and accountability, critical inquiry, nursing theory, evidence-based practice, and quality and safety within the context of national policy documents and professional standards of care.

Prerequisite: Admission to RN to BSN Program

Co-requisite: NRHL 310

NRHL 330 Nursing Scholarship: Role of Research in Evidence Based Practice

Explores the research process as it applies to evidence-based nursing practice and health care. Topics include ethics in research; steps in appraisal of evidence; design, sampling, data collection, data quality, and analysis; and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative research. Emphasis is placed on analysis and critique of research studies and the preparation of a proposal.

Pre-requisite: NRHL 325

NRHL 335 Concepts in Collaborative Health Promotion and Disease Prevention                                          for the Older Adult

Focuses on an interdisciplinary comprehensive approach to understanding the aging process and promoting optimal health and independence of older adults. Contemporary issues facing the elderly including safety, abuse, polypharmacy, housing, loss, need for support services, end-of-life care, and the impact of health care policy and legislation as they relate to the elderly are explored. Includes clinical learning experiences with an elder and elder-serving agency selected by the student.

Pre-requisite:  NRHL 325

NRHL 340 Comprehensive Health and Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice

Designed for the registered nurse, this course provides the framework for the RN to expand existing skills. The course focuses on the physical, psychosocial, sociocultural, environmental, and developmental elements of comprehensive assessment and on principles of health promotion and disease prevention. Includes a clinical learning experience, which focuses on the practice and validation of interviewing and physical assessment skills. At the end of the course, students will be expected to perform a comprehensive physical exam and effectively communicate findings. A student selected holistic health assessment experience is also included.

Pre-requisite: NRHL 330, 335

NRHL 345 Applications of Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics to Clinical Reasoning

Designed for the registered nurse to build upon existing knowledge and experience, this course provides an analysis of physiology and pathophysiological concepts related to complex, multisystem health alterations across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on enhancement of critical thinking skills. Clinical application emphasizes the relationship of assessment findings to diagnosis, safe selection, and administration of pharmacotherapeutic agents; and assessment of outcomes using an evidence-based approach. This course also includes a clinical learning experience that is based on case study analyses of patients with multiple chronic diseases and complex pharmacotheraputic management in various settings.

Prerequisite or Co-requisite: NRHL 340

NRHL 350 Healthcare Policy, Finance, Regulation, and Advocacy

Provides an overview of the history and evolution of healthcare policy by government and stakeholders with in the healthcare organization. Healthcare finance, reimbursement, quality, safety, delivery, and disparities concerning access to care from a local, state, national, and global influence will be analyzed. The impact of information and patient care technology and its effects on healthcare will be evaluated. Students will explore and define the role of the professional nurse in influencing and advocating for continuous quality improvement in healthcare delivery and healthcare policy formation.

Pre-requisite: NRHL 340, 345

NRHL 360 Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Community Health Promotion, Family,                                        & Population Based Care

Explores the concept of patient-centered inter-professional health care from the prospective of families and communities within a global context. Focuses on patterns that influence wellness and potential barriers that place individuals, families, and vulnerable populations at risk for major health problems. Examines the dynamic influences of social, economic, epidemiologic, physical, ethical, cultural, religious, policy assurance, and environmental concerns experienced by populations.

Pre-requisite: NRHL 350

NRHL 361 Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Community Health Promotion, Family,                                          & Population Based Care Clinical

Emphasis is placed on community as a partner, through community assessment, evolving cultural competency, enhanced understanding of health disparities, and use of community resources and evidence-based practice to resolve, promote and maintain optimal health; and prevent disease. This experience includes 35 hours of preceptor supported clinical practice in the community setting.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: NRHL 360

NRHL 370 Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Professional Nursing Leadership Synthesis

Provides the registered nurse with the opportunity to synthesize theory and concepts required to assume leadership and management positions within rapidly evolving health care systems. The utilization of a systems approach to delivering nursing care, managing and leading change, and ensuring quality and safety in healthcare will be explored. Focus is placed on development of leadership skills through effective communication, critical thinking skills, problem solving, delegation, and teamwork at the baccalaureate level.

Pre-requisite: NRHL 361, BenU IDS 201 WI, and IDS 301

NRHL 371 Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Professional Nursing Leadership Synthesis Clinical

Emphasis is placed on development of creative strategies to promote a system change through application of leadership skills, scholarly inquiry, professional writing, and presentation. This experience includes 35 hours of preceptor supported clinical practice in a leadership role.

Pre-requisite or co-requisite: NRHL 370

NRHL 395 Nursing Elective

Guides and recognizes study in theoretical or clinical aspects of nursing for independent study or work/life credit. Department Consent Required. Course repeatable. Maximum number of credits allowed 3.

Prerequisite: NRHL 330 for independent study credit. Admission into the RN to BSN program for work/life credit.

Department of Nursing and Health
Benedictine University
Contact Us
Lisle, College of DuPage, Morton College and Triton College cohorts:

Hicela Woods,
Associate Director of Non-Traditional Programs

By mail
Benedictine University
Lownik Hall, Room 068
5700 College Road
Lisle, IL 60532

E-mail: hwoods@ben.edu

Phone: (630) 829-6637

Fax: (630) 829-4301

Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

Springfield and Decatur cohorts:

Janet Richter, M.A.
Director of Development for Adult and Graduate Programs

By mail
Benedictine University at Springfield
Becker Library: L-29
1500 North 5th Street
Springfield, IL 62702

E-mail: jrichter@ben.edu

Phone: (217) 718-5276

Fax: (217) 528-9871

Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. M-F