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Nursing and Health

Benedictine University’s Nursing Department

At BenU, we embrace an inclusive academic atmosphere, striving for both academic and professional brilliance, deeply rooted in our Catholic and Benedictine heritage. Our mission emphasizes a commitment to comprehensive learning, impactful scholarship, and fostering values of truth and justice. As students and practicing Registered Nurses, you play a vital role in upholding these principles, recognizing the significance of continual learning and dedicated service.

Our faculty in the BenU nursing programs are not just educators; they are seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds in clinical practice, education, and leadership within the nursing sector. Their dedication to promoting health equity and supporting the diverse needs of RNs is unwavering. Our RN to BSN students especially appreciate the tailored support from our faculty and staff, the accessibility of our program locations, the affordability, and the flexibility designed to accommodate the dynamic lives of working RNs aspiring for professional growth. Our courses are conveniently available online and across various community college sites in Northern Illinois.

Furthermore, our online MSN program is crafted to elevate nurses nationwide into advanced roles, specializing in education and nurse executive leadership. The program is celebrated for its interactive faculty involvement, adaptable scheduling, nationwide peer interaction, and the community spirit fostered in our online learning spaces. Both our RN to BSN and MSN programs integrate online learning with essential clinical/practicum experiences.

We are also thrilled to present post-master’s certificates for MSN or doctorally prepared RNs. These certificates, spanning 9 semester credit-hours, are designed for those who seek to expand their expertise beyond their initial specialization, focusing on nurse education or nurse executive leadership. This addition aims to enrich nurses’ skillsets and amplify their influence in healthcare delivery.

Excitingly, we are launching our DNP Program in Executive Leadership, inspired by the growing interest of our graduates and alumni who are eager to elevate their expertise. This doctoral program is not only anchored in our Benedictine values but is also a collaboration with renowned experts from BenU’s Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business. We eagerly invite both our alumni and new master’s prepared nurses to join us in this exceptional journey of learning and leadership.

Nurturing Students On the Path to Excellence

Whatever challenges you’re facing, we’re here to support you.

Academic Struggles

College is hard work, and sometimes giving everything you’ve got on your own isn’t enough. When school becomes overwhelming, we can connect you with the right people and organizations to get you back on track.

Social Support

If you’re struggling to connect with others in the BenU community, we can help you find more ways of getting engaged on campus–while keeping you in your comfort zone/socially safe.

Mental Health Struggles

If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed in your academic or personal life, we can connect you with a qualified mental health professional who can help you achieve a more balanced mindset.

Physical Wellbeing

With the demands of school, physical health can often suffer. If you need help getting your health back on track, our Wellness Center can provide primary care, preventative services, and personalized wellness plans to achieve optimal health and wellness.

The Department of Nursing and Health is committed to a comprehensive learner-centered education grounded in Benedictine values and the Catholic intellectual tradition.  Through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service, our graduates are prepared to transform healthcare through nursing practice and advocacy for the needs of local, national, and global communities.

The Department of Nursing and Health (DONH) aspires to be nationally recognized for advancing nurses as transformational leaders who are grounded in Benedictine values, committed to living lives of purpose and advocating for the common good.

More Information

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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Program and Master’s Degree in Nursing Program at Benedictine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C., 20001, (202) 887-6791.

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Sigma Lambda Upsilon-at-Large Chapter

The Sigma Lambda Upsilon-at-Large Chapter is a combined chapter from Benedictine University and Aurora University.

Sigma is an international community of nurses, dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, teaching, learning, and service through the cultivation of communities of practice, education, and research.

Qualified students are invited to join the combined chapter each year, with an annual induction ceremony that alternates hosting duties between the two universities.

Review membership classifications and requirements.

For more information, visit the Sigma membership website.

Westlake Health Foundation

Westlake Foundation Scholarship

The Westlake Foundation Scholarship (WFS) provides financial support for prospective students to pursue their Nursing degree at Benedictine University. Benedictine is classified as an institution serving under-resourced populations and as such, we expect to enhance recruitment of a diverse student population and first-generation college students who will benefit from the Scholarship. Ask your counselor about how to apply after you’re admitted to your program. View the Scholarship page.