We are proud to offer both an accelerated RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree Program and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program.
The Baccalaureate and Master's Programs at Benedictine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The BSN Program is accredited through June 30, 2023. The MSN Program is accredited through 2025.
CCNE may be contacted at: One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791.
Dr. Joan Libner, EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-BC, CNE
Associate Professor, Department Chair and RN to BSN Program Director
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Dr. Libner joined Benedictine University in August 2011 as faculty and Director of the RN to BSN Program. In August 2014, she assumed the added role of Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the RN to BSN and MSN Programs. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Libner served many years at Triton College as nursing faculty and chairperson. There she taught all levels of medical-surgical nursing, including supervising clinical experiences in over a dozen sites as well as meeting administrative responsibilities.
In 2010, Dr. Libner was appointed to the Illinois Board of Nursing and currently serves as Chair and as a member of the Education Subcommittee. She is a participant in the National Council State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Institute of Regulatory Excellence Fellowship Program pursuing her interest in the implications of nurses' understanding of licensure regulation in Illinois.
Dr. Libner earned an Ed.D. with a focus in educational
leadership from Concordia University Chicago, Master of Science in Nursing
(MSN) with a clinical specialty in medical-surgical nursing from Loyola
University Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Northern
Illinois University. She holds certification as a nurse educator with the
National League for Nursing and as a gerontological nurse with the American
Nurses Credentialing Center.
Welcome to the Department of Nursing and Health and Benedictine University (BenU). We understand that you have many options to continue your education and we are delighted that you have chosen to explore completing your degree through BenU.
As an academic community we are committed to the liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage. At BenU we prepare students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community. Students are provided a values-centered education that is enriched by our excellent reputation in science. As students and practicing RN-s you understand first-hand the importance of lifelong learning and a life of service to others.
We are fortunate to have excellent faculty teaching in both the RN to BSN and MSN programs. RN to BSN students indicate the program is convenient, affordable, and flexible in meeting the needs of the working adult student. RN to BSN courses are offered at various locations near the main campus in Lisle, IL and through the branch campus in Springfield, IL. The 100% online MSN program prepares nurses from across the country for advanced roles as educators and nurse executive leaders. Both the RN to BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.