Nursing - Registered Nurse Entry

As a student with an RN license, the baccalaureate in nursing prepares you to take the next step in your career. You can transfer up to 66 hours of previous general education and nursing coursework into the program.

Preparing You For Success

Because nurses play critical roles in health care, your classes and clinical hours expose you to community health, critical care, mental health, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, and other acute care settings.

Peoria is an ideal place for nursing experience because of its growing medical community and blend of urban and rural health care. The city boasts three major hospitals, including a Level 1 trauma center and The Children’s Hospital of Illinois, which is affiliated with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Peoria also has nursing homes, social service agencies and county health organizations. Rural health organizations are in communities a few minutes from Bradley.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Networking and professional development through the Bradley Nursing Student Association, Sigma Theta Tau International honor society, Nurses Christian Fellowship and other student organizations
  • Participating on small clinical teams
  • Opportunities to be mentored by faculty through one-on-one advising, research and campus organizations
  • Flexibility to participate in Division I sports

Making Your Mark

Nurses with bachelor’s degrees are in high demand as health care becomes more complex. In fact, many employers prefer Bachelors-prepared nurses because they excel at diagnosing issues and helping patients heal. Graduates who don’t want to enter the workforce immediately can pursue graduate nursing degrees in advanced practice, health care administration or education.

Bradley Graduates are working in acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, schools, public health departments, military bases, research facilities and religious health care organizations.

Major Requirements

Prerequisite Courses - 38 hrs.

  • BIO 202: Microbiology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 230: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophys. - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 231: Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 232: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophys. - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 233: Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 100: Fund. of General Chemistry (NS) - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 101: Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 162: Fund. of Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 202: Food and Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111: Elementary Statistics (QR) - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 101: Principles of Psychology (SB) - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 303: Lifespan Developmental Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • PSY 311: Principles of Abnormal Psychology - 3 hrs.
  • SOC 100: The Sociological Perspective (SB) - 3 hrs.

Nursing Courses - 20 hrs.

  • NUR 300: Conceptual Basis for Professional Nursing - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 303: Research in Nursing (WI tag) - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 310: Health Assessment - 2 hrs.
    or NUR 204 Introduction to Health Assessment - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 403: Community Health Practicum (P) - 2.5 hrs.
  • NUR 404: Community Health Nursing (T) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 413: Leadership Practicum (P) - 2.5 hrs.
  • NUR 418: Contemporary Nursing Leadership (T) - 2 hrs.
  • NUR 640: Healthcare Policy - 3 hrs.