MSN Online Program

CCNE Accreditation Visit for MSN Program - Public Comments

The Benedictine University MSN Program is undergoing a re-accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on February 18-20, 2015.  The Commission invites, and Benedictine University encourages constituents to submit, in writing, comments regarding their interactions with the Program in relation to its qualifications for accreditation status.  Written comments must be received by CCNE by January 17, 2015.  Comments must be signed and are to be sent to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn:  Third-Party Comments
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036

Comments are shared with members of the evaluation team but not directly with the Program.  Information regarding CCNE accreditation may be found at


Benedictine University offers an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program. The health care industry is changing. Today, nurses play a key role in ensuring the continued quality of patient care by using new technologies, coordinating with other health care professionals, and improving systems and processes. These challenging tasks require nurses with advanced knowledge and skills that aren't taught on the job. Our program prepares registered nurses to become effective and ethical leaders and health educators in the health care industry of today and tomorrow. Benedictine's Online MSN curriculum aligns with the graduate education standards specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which emphasize organizational and systems leadership, informatics and healthcare technologies, advocacy, interprofessional collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and cultural awareness, among other valued professional nursing qualities and skills.

The Online MSN offers two concentrations that reflect needs and trends in the nursing profession and also allow students to tailor their studies toward their own career goals: Nurse Educator: Learn to serve in teaching roles for patients and nurses in both clinical and academic settings. Nurse Executive Leader: Plan and manage high-quality care initiatives and processes at administrative and executive levels.

MSN Admission Requirements

  1. A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.00.
  3. Proof of license as a registered nurse in the U.S.A.
  4. Computer skills and proficiency in word processing, email, and library online searches.
  5. A score on the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) in accordance with the Graduate Catalog for those applicants where English is not their primary language.
  6. Transcripts from ALL colleges or universities previously attended (official and sealed).
  7. Resume detailing professional experience.
  8. Goal statement (maximum of two pages) describing goals and rationale for pursuing a master's degree in nursing.  Include past nursing experiences that have prepared you to pursue a new role following completion of the program.
  9. One letter of professional recommendation from an individual familiar with the applicant's competence in the practice of nursing and potential for successful graduate education.
  10. Graduate Degree Program Application.

Contact a Program Manager for complete details and advice regarding your situation at (866) 295-3104. Apply Online

Non-refundable $40 application fee, payable online.

Mail transcripts and all other documents to:
Benedictine University
Online Admissions Processing Center
1415 West 22nd Street, Suite 500
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Toll-Free Fax: (866) 544-1791

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Benedictine University
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