National board OKs nursing program

National board OKs nursing program
May 1, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program at Benedictine University has received initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE Board of Commissioners awarded the maximum five-year term to the B.S.N. program for registered nurses (R.N.). CCNE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to accredit professional nursing education programs. “The commission, through this accreditation, is demonstrating its belief in our program and the efforts by our faculty and staff to continually improve,” said Ethel Ragland, Ed.D., chair of the Nursing and Health Department at Benedictine University. “They are also expressing their confidence that the program will continue to grow and be successful.” Benedictine’s R.N. to B.S.N. completion program has partnered with community colleges to provide registered nurses with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake leadership positions where they work and further their education at the graduate level. The accelerated one-year program builds on previous knowledge, emphasizes critical thinking and grants credit for prior learning. Classes are offered in an evening and weekend format, and are held at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn and at Triton College in River Grove. The program offers a private education at tuition competitive with state schools.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.