Welcome to the Department of Nursing and Health at Benedictine University!


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 professional Registered Nurses, you understand first-hand the importance of lifelong learning and a life of service to others.

Faculty teaching in BenU nursing programs share expertise in a variety of areas of clinical practice, education, and leadership positions in professional nursing organizations. They have a demonstrated commitment to advance health equity and facilitate the success of a diverse population of RNs. 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 working RNs seeking to advance within the profession. RN to BSN courses are offered online and at various community college locations in Northern IL. The 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 country, and sense of community created within the online learning environment. Online delivery modalities in both programs include in-person clinical/practicum experiences.

The Department of Nursing and Health is pleased to offer post-master’s certificates for MSN or doctorally prepared RNs whose graduate programs focused on specialty areas other than the roles of nurse educator or nurse executive leader. The 9 semester credit-hour certificate offerings create opportunities for nurses with advanced education to broaden their skillset and enhance their impact on healthcare delivery.

And finally, we are excited to launch our DNP Program in Executive Leadership! A key factor in doing so has been the frequent inquiries of current graduate students and alumni seeking to advance their expertise. We’re pleased to offer the exceptional opportunity of a doctoral program not only grounded in Benedictine values, but one developed in collaboration with distinguished, nationally renowned colleagues from BenU’s Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business. We welcome alumni to return as well as master’s prepared professional nurses new to BenU!

CCNE Accredited

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing Program and Master's Degree in Nursing Program at Benedictine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington D.C., 20001, (202) 887-6791.



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Janet LoVerde, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Director, RN to BSN Program
Assistant Professor
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Alison Ridge, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE
Director, MSN Program
Interim Director, DNP Program
Associate Professor
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Joan Libner, EdD, MSN, FRE, RN-GERO-BC, CNE
Department Chair, Nursing and Health
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