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 125 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 59 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.

Upon completion of the BSN program, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing graduates are able to:

  1. Synthesize theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts and sciences with nursing as a basis for the practice of professional nursing.
  2. Express caring in professional interactions.
  3. Implement the nursing process to assist clients throughout the life cycle in reaching optimal health by facilitating adaptation within their social system. 
  4. Evaluate effectiveness of their own nursing practice and accept responsibility and accountability for its outcome.
  5. Apply appropriate research findings in the practice of nursing.
  6. Uitilize leadership skills and principles of management with clients and health care professionals to coordinate, facilitate and improve the delivery of health care in a variety of settings.
  7. Synthesize legal, ethical and professional standards with values into nursing practice decisions.
  8. Accept responsibility for continued personal and professional role development.