Approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). 
Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750. Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

FACULTY Professor Cluskey (Interim EHS Dean); Associate Professors Armmer,  Clark, J. (Associate Dean and Director of Nursing), Erickson, Flannigan (Interim EHS Associate Dean Distance Education); Assistant Professors Bloompott, Borton, Boswell, Boyer, Cenek, Clark, S., Ellis, Fabish, Flinn, Grugan (Assistant Director of Nursing), Hermann, Hubbell, Pierce, Ragon, Silvest-Gurrero, Smith, Wallenfang, Walloch, Welker; Instructors Bridgewater, McDonald, Reed; Professional Staff: Daly.

The Department of Nursing offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (R.N.) upon successful completion of the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). 

The purpose of the BSN program is to prepare graduates for the beginning practice of professional nursing in a variety of settings. To achieve this purpose, a four-year educational program is provided which includes foundation, elective, and supporting courses in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, mathematics, and the theory and practice of nursing. The faculty believes that nursing education is a dynamic interactive process. Baccalaureate nursing education prepares students to integrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to enter practice as generalists. Baccalaureate educated nurses are prepared to translate, integrate, and apply knowledge to improve patient outcomes and foster a culture of safety.

The objectives of the curriculum are to prepare graduates for

  1. professional growth and advancement through acquired knowledge and experience; 
  2. graduate study in a major field of concentration in nursing; and 
  3. continuous personal growth and development.

The faculty of the Department of Nursing reserves the right to revise policies and course requirements based upon changes in accreditation, licensure, and nursing practice.


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the University and of the Department of Nursing. 

Instruction And Requirements

Instruction is provided in classrooms and laboratories on the campus and in a variety of health care agencies in the community. Clinical experiences (practicum) are planned and supervised by Department of Nursing faculty members.

In addition to the fees and expenses listed in the University catalog, students majoring in nursing are financially responsible for the purchase and maintenance of uniforms, for certain practicum and laboratory supplies and materials, and for transportation between the campus and the community agencies where clinical experiences are provided.

Prior to enrollment in the first nursing course that includes a practicum, each student must show proof of

  1. Immunity to Rubella (German measles) by one of the following:
    • written verification of having had the immunization, or
    • written verification of rubella titer greater than 1:10
  2. Immunity to Rubeola
    • Written verification of having had the immunization
    • Most individuals would have had an MMR booster before entering high school, which covers both the Rubella and Rubeola
  3.  Immunity to Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
    • Series of (3) doses given at one-month and six-month intervals after the initial dose.
  4.  Tuberculin Test Results
    • A negative, two-step tuberculin skin test administered
  5. Tetanus/Diphtheria with Pertussis (T-DAP)
    • Documentation of receiving a T-DAP, which included the Pertussis vaccine, within the last 10 years
    • If your TDAP is over 10 years old, students are required to also get a TD booster
  6. Varicella Titer
    • Written documentation of a blood test showing immunity to the Varicella (Chicken Pox) virus.
      • documentation of a positive titer or 
      • if the titer is negative, submit documentation of receipt of a booster.
  7. CPR/BLS Certification
    • Certification must be “Health Care Provider” or “Professional Rescuer” level
  8. Drug screen.
  9.  Student Nurse Liability Insurance
    • Offered under a blanket policy carried by the University.
  10. Flu Vaccine
    • Seasonal flu vaccine each fall by October 31st annually
  11. Fingerprint Background Check

These requirements must be current for the entire academic year of enrollment in all practicum courses: NUR 203, 207, 307, 309, 315, 317, 403, 409, 411, 413 and 417.

Students must maintain a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in order to remain in the nursing program. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required in the nursing major.

Transfer students are evaluated for admission on an individual basis. A 10-year limitation on transfer credit will be imposed on courses in chemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and nutrition.

Licensed registered nurses (RNs) must meet the admission requirements of the University and of the Department of Nursing. RN applicants must submit a transcript from a nationally accredited school of nursing and verification of current Illinois licensure.

Registered nurses (RNs) may earn up to 31 semester hours of credit for prior  nursing courses completed at a community college or diploma nursing program. Following completion of NUR 300, 303, and 310 with a minimum grade of ”C” the RN student may enroll in required nursing courses NUR 403, 404, 413, 418, and 640. The RN student must complete a minimum of 124 semester hours, meet University requirements for Bradley Core Curriculum, basic skills, junior/senior hours, and residency credit, and meet nursing department requirements for natural sciences, social sciences, and statistics in order to graduate. A total of 66 semester hours may be transferred from a community college.

Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) may earn up to 11 semester hours of credit for prior learning. Following completion of NUR 300 and 310 with a minimum grade of “C”, the LPN student may enroll in required junior nursing courses.

Students majoring in nursing will pursue the following recommended curriculum:

1 Registered nurses may receive credit for prior learning for these courses. 
2 Licensed practical nurses may receive credit by for prior learning for these courses. 

Bachelor Of Science In Nursing (BSN) Requirements

Freshman Year

First Semester

  • COM 103 Oral Comm. Process - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 100 Fund. of Gen. Chemistry. - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101 Fund. of Gen. Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 111 Cell Biology - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Second Semester

  • ENG 101 Composition - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 162 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 202 Microbiology and Immunology - 4 hrs.
  • SOC 100 Sociological Perspective - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 391 Medical Terminology – 1 hr.

15 hours

Sophomore Year

First Semester

  • BIO 230 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (Lecture) - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 231 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory I - 1 hrs.
  • 1,2 NUR 200 Fundamentals of Nursing (T) - 4 hrs.
  • 1,2 NUR 203 Fundamentals of Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • FCS 301 Nutrition for Today - 3 hrs.
  • Elective or BCC course – 3 hrs.

16 hours

Second Semester

  • BIO 232 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture) - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 233 Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • NUR 204 Intro. to Health Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • 1,2 NUR 206 Adult Health I: Intro. to Medical-Surgical Nursing (T) - 3 hrs.
  • 1,2 NUR 207 Adult Health I: Intro. to Medical-Surgical Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • PSY 303 Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • Elective or BCC course - 2 hrs.

16 hours

Junior Year

First Semester

  • 1 NUR 306 Maternal/Newborn Nursing (T) - 3 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 307 Maternal/Newborn Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 308 Nursing of Children (T) - 3 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 309 Nursing of Children (P) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 318 Pharmacology and Nursing Implications - 2 hrs. (may be taken either fall or spring semester)
  • PSY 311 Principles of Abnormal Psychology - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Second Semester

  • NUR 303 Research in Nursing - 3 hrs. (may be taken either fall or spring semester)
  • 1 NUR 314 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (T) - 2 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 315 Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 316 Adult Health II: Medical-Surgical Nursing (T) - 4 hrs.
  • 1 NUR 317 Adult Health II: Medical-Surgical Nursing (P) - 2 hrs.
  • Elective or BCC course - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Senior Year

First Semester

  • NUR 403 Community Health Practicum (P) – 2.5 hrs. (taken either fall or spring semester when enrolled in NUR 404)
  • NUR 404 Community Health Nursing (T) - 2 hrs. (may be taken either fall or spring semester)
  • NUR 408 Adult Health III: Medical-Surgical Nursing (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 409 Senior Practicum I (P) – 2.5 hrs.
  • NUR 411 Senior Practicum Med Surg (P) – 2.5 hrs. (taken if not enrolled in NUR 403 and 404)
  • ENG Composition (ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306) - 3 hrs.
  • Elective or BCC course - 3 hrs.

16 hours

Second Semester

  • NUR 410 Adult Health IV: Nursing Care of the Patient with Multi-System Challenges (T) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 413 Leadership Practicum (P) – 2.5 hrs
  • NUR 414 Senior Seminar - 1 hr.
  • NUR 417 Senior Practicum II (P) – 2.5 hrs. (taken if not enrolled in NUR 403 and 404)
  • NUR 418 Nursing Leadership (T) - 2 hrs.
  • Elective or BCC course - 3 hrs.

14 hours 

This is the official catalog for the 2019-2020 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.