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 baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Dominican University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

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

BSN Program Halloween Open House

Monday, October 24, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Parmer 400

Come join in on the fun and candy! The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Labs are open to all of the Dominican University community once again for our annual Halloween Open House!


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

Debra Gurney, MSN, EdD, RN is the founding Executive Director of Nursing and Chief Nurse Officer at Dominican University after holding previous positions as Executive Director of Nursing Programs at City Colleges of Chicago and Professor, Chair of Nursing at Rockford University, and Visiting Professor at Northern Illinois University.  Dr. Gurney has held hospital administrator positions, most recently as Nursing Director at Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, IL, Director of Maternal Child at Saint Anthony Medical in Rockford, IL and Perioperative Nursing Manager at Beloit Memorial Hospital in Beloit, WI.

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