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Bachelor of Science, Department of Nursing

Nursing students practice in a simulation room

Department Overview

As an integral component of Benedictine College, the Department of Nursing embraces Benedictine values, exemplified by our commitment to the value of hospitality—upholding the value of each person and openness to all people in the human family.  The mission of the department is to educate men and women to deliver responsible, competent nursing care to all.

Degree Objectives

  • Prepare student in the liberal arts; behavioral, biological, and natural sciences; communication; and higher-level thinking abilities.
  • Adhere to state regulatory and accreditation standards and strives to meet and exceed them.
  • Prepare the graduate at the entry level into professional nursing practice and facilitates the acquisition of competencies as clinician, advocate, educator, leader, manager, and colleague.

Career Opportunities

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Nurse Educator
  • Labor and Delivery Nurse
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse
  • Several Other Nursing Specialties


Jackie Harris, DNP, APRN
Director, Department of Nursing
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  • Jackie Harris, DNP, APRN
    Director of the Nursing Department & Robert J. Dehaemers Endowed Chair of Nursing
  • Lynne Connelly, Ph.D., RN 
  • Michele Hinds, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Wendy Woolston, MSN
    Assistant Professor
  • Lindsay Vance, MSN, RN
    Skills Lab/Simulation Coordinator 

The curriculum has been developed based on the AACN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice. Below is outlined a sample curriculum for the Benedictine College Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (prerequisite courses are in bold).

Freshmen Year

GNST-1000BC Experience1
ENGL-1010English Composition3
Foreign Language4
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3
BIOL-1121General Biology I with lab5
EXSCFitness Activity Course1
PSYC-1000General Psychology3
THEO-1100Intro to Theology3
Foreign Language4
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
CHEM-1200/1201General Chem I/lab4

Sophomore Year

BIOL-2242Human Anatomy & Phys. I4
MATH-1220Introductory Statistics4
PSYC-2503Lifespan Development3
Aesthetic Experience3
Historical Inquiry Foundation3
BIOL-2243Human Anatomy & Phys. II4
BIOL-2260Principles of Microbiology4
EXSC-3303Basic Nutrition3
Aesthetic Experience3
Faith / Elective3

Students apply for admission into the nursing program in their sophomore year.

Junior Year

NURS-3000Intro Healthcare Environment2
NURS-3120Clinical Nursing Assessment3
NURS-3200Foundations of Nursing Practice3
*NURS-3210Foundations: Clinical3
NURS-3300Pharmacology I2
NURS-3400Nursing Care of Adults3
**NURS-3410Care of Adults: Clinical2
NURS-3500Maternal/Child Nursing4
**NURS-3510Maternal/Child: Clinical2
NURS-3640Pharmacology II2
Philosophical Inquiry3

Senior Year

NURS-4200Population-Based Health Care3
**NURS-4210Population: Clinical2
NURS-4220Research, QI, and EBP3
NURS-4300Mental Health Nursing3
**NURS-4310Mental Health: Clinical2
THEO-3940Christian Bioethics3
NURS-4500Care of Nursing Complex Acute Needs Patient3
**NURS-4510Complex: Clinical2
NURS-4600Leadership & Management3
NURS-4700Prof, Legal, & Ethical Issues3
NURS-COMPSenior Comp. Examcr

*Level I is 3.5 hours of clinical per credit hour each week (157.5 hours)

**Level II and III is 3 hours of clinical per credit hour each week (90 total clock hours) Total clinical clock hours 697.5.