Springfield: RN-to-BSN completion program on Richland Community College campus

February 28, 2013

Benedictine University at Springfield will begin offering Registered Nurses the opportunity to complete their Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree through a 14-month accelerated program to be held on the campus of Richland Community College.

"Benedictine University at Springfield is excited to bring the RN-to-BSN completion program to our neighbors in Decatur by partnering with Richland Community College," said Michael Bromberg, Chief Executive Officer at Benedictine University at Springfield. "Through this opportunity to partner with Richland, Benedictine University is able to bring Decatur a bachelor's program specifically designed for working RN's who are juggling multiple life priorities at an affordable cost. Improving health and education is a critical concern for every community. We help students seeking to make a difference in these areas by developing their sense of service, enhanced by the Benedictine value of concern for others."

Benedictine University's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provides RN's with the skills necessary to adapt to an environment where the only certainty is change. Since all students are working professionals, Benedictine's curriculum is organized to build on and enhance those skills they already possess in an enhanced peer support network.

"Richland Community College is pleased to partner with Benedictine University to provide continuing educational opportunities for our nursing graduates," said Dr. Gayle Saunders, President Richland Community College. "Through this partnership, Richland nursing graduates will be able to obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing without leaving the Richland campus. This seamless transition will allow RN's to enter the workforce while at the same time learning advanced skills and knowledge to improve the quality of care for patients."

The completion program is a 37 credit hour program that serves any Associate Degree/Diploma, licensed nurse interested in earning a BSN degree. The program values the nurses' knowledge and experience and promotes growth and learning in the field of nursing. Instruction is brought to students in a collaborative cohort model where students attend one class per week with each course lasting five weeks. The first cohort of students will begin with classes in April.


About Benedictine University at Springfield

Benedictine University at Springfield is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in the Illinois state capital. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 17 undergraduate majors, five graduate and one doctorate program in Springfield, in addition to a wide range of athletic opportunities for students through membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). For more information, visit www.ben.edu/springfield.

About Richland Community College

Richland Community College was founded in 1972 and is a comprehensive community college offering baccalaureate transfer, technical, continuing education, and community service programs. The citizens of the College's 8-county District have benefited and prospered from the services the College has offered. As Richland celebrates the past 40 years, it looks forward to engaging the future to meet new challenges and to fulfill its most important mission – student success. For more information, visit www.richland.edu.

Scott McCullar
Benedictine University at Springfield
(217) 525-1420, ext. 248

Lisa M. Gregory
Richland Community College
(217) 875-7211, ext. 480