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: 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C., 20001, (202) 887-6791.
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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 role of Chair of the Department of Nursing and Health. Teaching responsibilities are met in both the hybrid RN to BSN and 100% online MSN Programs. Prior to joining Benedictine, Dr. Libner served many years as a nursing faculty member and chairperson. 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. She served as Vice-chair from 2013-2014, Chair from 2014-2016, and as a member of the Education Subcommittee throughout her tenure on the Board. With a nurse educator colleague, she developed the Illinois Board of Nursing’s Remediation Strategies for programs with poor NCLEX pass rates. Dr. Libner was awarded fellowship 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 currently serves as secretary for the Illinois Association of Colleges of Nursing.
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 inclusive academic community we are committed to the academic and professional excellence guided by and reflective of BenU's Catholic and Benedictine identity. The BenU Mission Statement notes our dedication to "teaching and learning, scholarship and service, and truth and justice." As students and practicing Registered Nurses 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 value the program for the personalized attention provided by faculty and staff, convenience of delivery sites, affordability, and flexibility in meeting the needs of the working RN who is seeking to advance within the profession. RN to BSN courses are offered at various community college locations in Northern IL, at the main campus in Lisle, and in Central IL through the branch campus in Springfield. The 100% online MSN program prepares nurses from across the country for advanced roles as educators and nurse executive leaders. MSN students value the faculty engagement, flexibility, ability to interact with professional nurses across the nation, and sense of community created within the online learning environment. Both the RN to BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.