Nursing continues to be one of the fastest growing careers, with projected job growth of more than 25% over the next 10 years. Nurses are expected to play an increasingly important role in healthcare delivery, and the standards for nurses entering the field reflect the need for rigorous training in medical science, interpersonal skills, and administrative ability.

Dominican offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  All coursework is taken at Dominican with clinical experiences provided at partnering local healthcare facilities. 

The program is a natural complement to Dominican's strength in the sciences, as the university already boasts a strong reputation for its programs in biology, chemistry, neuroscience, nutrition science and medical science.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Dominican University is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 320 W. Washington St., 3rd floor, Springfield, IL 62786, (217) 785-0800. The program prepares graduates to be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for licensing as a registered professional nurse.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program at Dominican University is a new applicant pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. New applicant status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Debra Gurney, EdD, RN
(708) 524-6695

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Career Opportunities

A BSN provides strong preparation for entry-level nursing careers in healthcare settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Doctor's offices and clinics
  • Schools
  • Home care organizations
  • Elder care facilities

In addition, a BSN often is followed by advanced study in nursing, medicine, or other health specialties. As a program of the College of Health Sciences, Dominican's BSN also will provide you with the interdisciplinary skills needed to work in related fields such as health policy, health education, research, and medical sales.

Executive Director of Nursing

Debra Gurney, EdD, RN

Dominican's Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is administered by Debra Gurney, EdD. She brings to the program a wealth of experience in both clinical nursing settings and nursing education, having come to Dominican after serving as executive director of nursing programs for the City Colleges of Chicago.

She previously worked as nursing director at Rush Oak Park Hospital, visiting professor at Northern Illinois University, chairperson and assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Rockford College and manager of maternal/child health development at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Gurney holds both a Doctorate in Education and a Master of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Rockford College.