Stritch Magazine

Pre-licensure B.S.N. degree planned for August

Friday, January 24, 2014 4:30:00 PM

The Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing announced plans to begin a pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Program, with unique options for clinical concentration. The anticipated implementation date is August 2014.


The College has offered a B.S.N.-Completion program since 1983 that targeted associate degree nursing students (A.D.N.s) or diploma-prepared registered nurses (R.N.s) looking for enhanced career opportunities, promotions, and management positions. The new B.S.N. is a pre-licensure program and is therefore open to students with no prior nursing experience. As a four-year degree, the program allows enrolled students to have a more traditional college experience.

“This new pre-licensure program is necessary based on the changing health care environment,” said Kelly J. Dries, ’03, dean of the College of Nursing. “Due to the increasingly complex health care system, many agencies recommend that nurses be prepared at the B.S.N. level. In addition, prospective students coming from high school have indicated the desire for a pre-licensure bachelor’s program and a traditional University experience.”

An August 2012 academic program analysis by Noel-Levitz, a higher education consulting firm, reported that only 2% of high school seniors are interested in an associate degree in nursing, while 25% are interested in health professions, including nursing

The new B.S.N. program will take four years or eight semesters to complete, and is designed to be delivered face-to-face. The curriculum, based on 120 credits, will allow students to take a core nursing course early in the program rather than waiting until the sixth semester as with  programs at other universities.

The pre-licensure B.S.N. program will replace the existing Associate of Science in Nursing program. However, the existing B.S.N.-Completion program will continue to serve registered nurses seeking professional advancement.

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