Undergraduate Nursing Program

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing offers an undergraduate program that leads to a baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN). The program continues over a 100-year history and tradition of excellence in nursing education. The BSN program prepares men and women for the practice of professional nursing. The curriculum for the BSN program consists of 124 semester hours of coursework. The hours are divided into 59 hours of liberal arts and sciences courses at an accredited college or university of the student's choice and 65 hours of study in the nursing major at the College of Nursing. The curriculum was designed by the faculty so that each course contributes to the overall program. The curriculum is based upon the Mission and Philosophy of the College. Courses required in the pre-nursing sequence prepare the student for the study of the nursing major. Upon graduation, students are eligible to write the national licensure examination for practice as a professional registered nurse.

The BSN program offers a variety of clinical experiences to prepare students for the practice of nursing. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is the primary clinical site. OSF Saint Francis is an academic medical center affiliated with the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. A Level I Trauma Center and tertiary medical center with the Children's Hospital of Illinois, OSF Saint Francis is also recognized for its quality nursing care having earned Magnet Recognition Status from the American Nurses' Credentialing Commission. In addition to the nursing clinical at OSF Saint Francis, students also gain experiences at four local health departments, the Human Service Center, agencies of the Catholic Social Services and various other community agencies.

Baccalaureate Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSN program, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing the graduate:

  • Synthesizes theories, concepts, and principles from behavioral, natural and social sciences, technologies, and nursing as a foundation for the practice of professional nursing.
  • Implements culturally appropriate caring behaviors in nursing practice.
  • Integrates written, oral, technology, and information literacy skills to facilitate communication within the nurse patient relationship and interprofessional collaboration in a variety of health care settings.
  • Models critical thinking, skills of inquiry, and problem solving skills for effective decision making in nursing practice based on best evidence.
  • Implements the nursing process to assist patients and families throughout the life cycle in reaching optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual well-being.
  • Applies leadership through engaging in professional nursing within a political, legal, ethical, social, and financial framework to implement patient safety and quality within the context of the interprofessional team and healthcare system.
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth and development and is responsive to emerging roles within the profession.
  • Employs the process of self reflection to continually improve practice and engage in lifelong learning.
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