The RN to BSN Program is:

Convenient

  • Classes are held at multiple locations near Benedictine's Lisle campus, Central IL, and online.
  • 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 shared 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 2.500/4.000 cumulative GPA from all colleges and universities attended.

2. A current, unencumbered Illinois RN license.

3. 83 designated semester credit hours documented by official college transcripts.

4. Basic skills in word processing, internet use, and email communication.

5. Completion of all prerequisite coursework prior to enrolling in Benedictine nurse cohort courses and/or an approved academic plan finalized with the academic advisor within one month of notification of program admission.

 

Course Descriptions

NRHL 315 Perspectives of Professional Nursing Practice (4 Semester Credit Hours)

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. Coursework is designed to assess, develop, and advance scholarly writing. Writing Intensive Course. 4 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: Admission to RN to BSN Program.

NRHL 330 Nursing Scholarship: Role of Research in Evidence Based Practice (3 Semester Credit Hours)

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.  3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite:  NRHL 315.

NRHL 335 Concepts in Collaborative Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Older Adult (3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. Engaged Learning. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: NRHL 315.

NRHL 340 Comprehensive Health and Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (3 Semester Credit Hours)

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. Engaged Learning. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: NRHL 315.

NRHL 345 Applications of Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics to Clinical Reasoning (3 Semester Credit Hours)

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 pharmacotherapeutic management in various settings. Engaged Learning. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: NRHL 315.

NRHL 365 Health Promotion for Families, Communities, and Populations (3 Semester Credit Hours)

Explores the concept of patient-centered healthcare promotion from the perspective of the individual, family, and community within a global context. Provides an in-depth review of approaches to health promotion as well as effective collaboration among members of the health care community. Focuses on potential barriers that place individuals, families, and vulnerable populations at risk for major health problems. Students explore the problems and issues in using behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and data to inform health promotion and health education research and interventions. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: NRHL 330, NRHL 335, NRHL 340 and NRHL 345.

Completion of this course; in addition to NRHL 392 with a grade of “B” or better is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 501 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.

NRHL 366 Professional Practice in Health Promotion (3 Semester Credit Hours)

Emphasis is based 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 promote and maintain optimal health. This course includes 35 hours of clinical practice experiences in the community. Engaged Learning. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: NRHL 365.

NRHL 375 Healthcare Policy, Regulation and Advocacy (3 Semester Credit Hours)

Provides an overview of health care policy, organization, and financing with emphasis on industry trends. Current policy initiatives involving health care delivery as well as the role of the nurse leader and other stakeholders in shaping legislative change are 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. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite NRHL 330, NRHL 335, NRHL 340, and NRHL 345.

Completion of this course with a grade of “B” or better is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 505 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.

NRHL 392 Nurse Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 Semester Credit Hours)

Provides the registered nurse with the opportunity to synthesize theory and concepts required to advance leadership and collaboration skills.  A systems approach to deliver nursing care, manage and lead change, ensure quality and safety, and facilitate health promotion will be explored.  Focus is placed on developing appreciation for the diversity of expertise in interprofessional collaborative teams as well as establishing basic concepts of effective teamwork. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite: IDS 201, IDS 301, NRHL 365, NRHL 366 and NRHL 375.

Completion of this course; in addition to NRHL 365 with a grade of “B” or better is required to waive enrollment in NRHL 501 for students admitted into the Benedictine University MSN Program.

NRHL 394 Professional Practice in Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration (3 Semester Credit Hours)

Emphasis is placed on development of creative and innovative strategies and education to promote healthcare system change. Students demonstrate application of leadership skills and interprfessional collaboration through the completion of an immersion experience. This course includes 35 hours of clinical practice experience in a nursing leadership role. Engaged Learning. 3 semester credit hours.

Prerequisite or co-requisite: NRHL 392.

NRHL 395 Nursing Elective (3 Semester Credit Hours)

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.

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Liliana Ascencio
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E-mail: lascencio@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6328
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