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Nursing (Anticipated for fall 2014)

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 plans to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that expects to begin accepting applicants for enrollment in the fall of 2014. All coursework will be 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.

Previously the university offered a 2+2 nursing program in partnership with Resurrection University, which will phase out in fall 2014. In addition, the university will continue offering its existing cooperative Master of Science in Nursing program with Rush University College of Nursing in which students earn a bachelor's degree that covers prerequisite courses for admission to Rush's Generalist Entry Master's clinical nursing program.

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 Rosary College of Arts and 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.

Dr. 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.