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