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Nursing

Established in 1956, Bradley University’s Department of Nursing offers an undergraduate program, an accelerated program, and a graduate program of study.  

In the undergraduate program, students develop  the essential capabilities for beginning practice as a professional nurse.  The learning opportunities are in a variety of settings.  Completion of the undergraduate program leads to a bachelor of science in nursing and eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN licensing examination to become a registered nurse.  The undergraduate program is available to undergraduate students, registered nurses who may currently hold a diploma or associate degree, and licensed practical nurses. 

The Accelerated Program of study is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, but would like to pursue a career in nursing.  This 15-month program offers intensive preparation in the essential capabilities necessary for beginning practice as a professional nurse. Completion of the accelerated program leads to a bachelor of science in nursing and eligibility to write the NCLEX-RN licensing examination to become a registered nurse.

The Graduate Program is designed for professional nurses to explore advanced nursing practice opportunities.  Completion of the graduate program of study leads to a master of science in nursing with a specialty in nursing administration, nursing education or an MSN-General.  Traditional programs of study are available as well as innovative opportunities that include BSN-MSN experiences and RN-MSN experiences. 

NLNAC Accreditation

NLNAC

Bradley's Department of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Accrediting Commission, Inc.

Departmental News

  • Accelerated BSN enables refreshing job pursuits
    Amy Munson ’93 spent two decades building a career in real estate but changed direction after caring for a family member for two years. A number of trips to OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Mayo Clinic led her to shift to nursing, which brought her back to the Hilltop for Bradley’s accelerated BSN.
  • Newborn Nurse
    Hospital externship offers neonatal experience
  • Accelerated nursing students explore community health issues
    Seven students in Bradley’s accelerated senior nursing program spent two June weeks volunteering at Peoria’s Salvation Army and the Tazewell County Health Department.