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RN to BSN students value the program for the personalized attention provided by faculty and staff, convenience of delivery sites, affordability, and flexibility in meeting the needs of working RNs seeking to advance within the profession.

The RN to BSN program is offered in a synchronous and asynchronous hybrid format. 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 shared governance.
  • An individualized academic plan is created for each student and presented on a one-to-one basis.


  • 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 months.


  • RN BSN is offered in a synchronous and asynchronous hybrid format.
  • Courses are web-enhanced.
  • Students have up to three years to fulfill program requirements.
  • Students progress through courses in an accelerated learning team.
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Students in the RN to BSN program have the opportunities to:

Garner a comprehensive learner-centered education grounded in Benedictine values and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Prepare to transform healthcare through nursing practice and advocacy for the needs of local, national, and global communities.

RN to BSN Admissions Requirements

  1. A minimum 2.500/4.000 cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities attended.
  2. Completion of the first year A.D. nursing courses from a regionally accredited institution.

Enrollment in RN to BSN NRHL Cohort Course Sequence

  1. Conferral of A.A.S. Degree with a major in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Current, unencumbered RN license in the state of RN employment.
  3. 86 designated semester credit hours documented by official college transcripts.
  4. Completion of all prerequisite coursework or an approved academic plan finalized with the academic advisor.
  5. WRIT 1101, WRIT 1102, and Statistics.


  • WRIT 1101 and WRIT 1102 – must be completed prior to admission
  • MATH 1150/NRHL 2250 Introduction to Statistics – must be completed prior to admission
  • COMM 1110 Speech Communication
  • BIOL 1156 Introduction to Microbiology
  • BIOL 1157 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 1158 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSYC 1100 Survey of Psychology OR PSYC 2201 Growth and Development
  • SOCL 1100 Principles of Sociology OR SOCL 2000 Cultural Anthropology OR SOCL 2205 Racial and Ethnic Groups OR SOCL 2240 Social Problems
  • 3 semester credit hours designated Social-Scientific I: Individuals, Organizations and Societies (QIO) OR Social-Scientific II: Political, Global and Economic Systems (QPE)
  • PHIL 2245 General Ethics
  • A  physical science course (QPS) is required for program completion. Note: CHEM 1101 Introduction to Chemistry and CHEM 1102 Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory, or their equivalent, are recommended as these courses are required of many graduate programs that prepare individuals as advanced practice nurses.
  • 6 semesters hours of IAI Humanities (in addition to general ethics) with 3 credits from at least one area other than Philosophy (QPL)

Students will be admitted to the RN to BSN Program on the condition that all prerequisite courses are completed prior to enrolling in the Benedictine nursing courses and/or have an approved Academic Plan on file with their academic advisor within one month following notification of Program Admission.

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All Inclusive Community

Develop a foundation of the arts, sciences, and humanities to enhance the practice of professional nurses in providing culturally competent care to a diverse global community.

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Learning and Scholarship

Prepare professional nurses to improve healthcare outcomes through an enhanced spirit of inquiry and engagement in evidence-based practice and scholarship.

Service for the Common Good

Foster the engagement of professional nurses in collaborative interprofessional practice to assure quality, cost-effective and equitable care within dynamic healthcare systems and the global community.

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Grounded in Benedictine Values

Provide a transformative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values to influence the lives of graduates.

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Department of Nursing and Health
Phone: 630-829-1152
Fax: 630-829-1154