Test theories in our state-of-the-art labs, collaborate with talented faculty and prepare for an amazing career in one of the country’s fastest growing professions. 

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.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Dominican University 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.

As an undergraduate program of Dominican’s new College of Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) equips students with the knowledge to sit for and pass the NCLEX-RN examination, the skills to obtain licensure to practice as a registered professional nurse and the liberal arts perspective to use their talents in multiple settings and to make a positive contribution to the world.

Program Highlights
  • Students study and practice in two state-of-the-art clinical simulation laboratories constructed specifically for nursing.
  • Classes emphasize student attention, accountability and close interaction with faculty and colleagues.
  • All coursework is taken at Dominican with clinical experiences provided at partnering local healthcare facilities.
  • Dominican’s highly regarded programs in the sciences complement nursing coursework with opportunities for study in fields including biochemistry, neuroscience and nutrition science.
  • Faculty members bring years of nursing experience in clinical, administrative and educational settings, helping students connect classroom learning with real-world competencies. 
  • Strong connections with clinical partners in a wide array of clinical specialty areas provide opportunities for meaningful professional interaction and clinical experiences.
Direct Entry Nursing Program (BSN)

Dominican University offers a Direct Entry admission opportunity for traditional, four-year undergraduate students leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. This competitive program enables a limited number of incoming freshmen (10-12) to secure a place in the Nursing program beginning the fall semester of their junior year.

To qualify for the Direct Entry Nursing Program, freshman candidates must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Apply for admission to the University by December 15 of their senior year of high school (no secondary Nursing application will be needed if accepted into program)
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 in high school
  • Score a minimum 25 composite on ACT or 1210 on SAT
  • Matriculate at the University as a first-time freshman student the first fall semester following high school graduation
  • Complete all required pre-nursing coursework within the first two years at the University with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Earn the required minimum score on the ATI TEAS V Exam as determined by the College of Health Sciences

To learn more about this admission opportunity or to see if you qualify, please request information or contact Jon Tomaso, Director of Freshman Admission. 

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 is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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
  • Government Organizations
  • Research Institutions

In addition, a BSN often is followed by advanced study in nursing 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.

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