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Nursing- General Entry Master's (GEM)

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Why GEM nursing at Benedictine?

Traditional nursing programs prepare you for a nursing career, but few of the courses taken meet the requirements for admission to the other health professional schools like medicine or physician assistant. For students who want to keep all options open, Benedictine offers a solution. Our pre-health profession program will ensure that you have the prerequisites needed for a wide variety of healthcare professions while you earn your Bachelor’s degree. Benedictine University offers you the opportunity to explore all health profession options while obtaining a world-class education. For those who ultimately choose to pursue nursing, Benedictine University has partnered with Rush University to provide a pathway to an outstanding career in nursing. Eligible Benedictine students are guaranteed seats in this program.

Nursing ORRanked #1 by U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” Rush University’s Clinical Nurse Leader program is designed for Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, and want to pursue a career in nursing. The program focuses on clinical leadership and prepares students to successfully sit for the NCLEX (RN licensure exam) and Clinical Nurse Leader certification. In addition to being prepared to function at a high level as a nurse in an inpatient, outpatient or community setting, you will also be poised to pursue an advanced practice DNP or PhD in nursing degree.

nurse smileThe advantage of an MSN, RN degree is the greater flexibility it provides as well as the educational background to advance your professional career more rapidly. Also, if you decide to continue your education you will spend less time and money completing your advanced degree because you will have already taken the graduate core courses required to earn your master’s degree.

To learn more, click here to go to the Rush University GEM website.

How does the program work?

As you will complete your first years of course work at Benedictine University you will be advised by a pre-health professions advisor who will ensure that the courses you take will meet pre-requisities for the professional programs in which you are interested, including GEM. If your final career decision involves nursing, you will work with your pre-health advisor to finalize your courses and prepare for admission after completing all graduation requirements.


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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
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