Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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 124 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 65 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 our Mission and Philosophy.

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.

Clinical Opportunities

The BSN program offers a variety of clinical experiences to prepare students for the practice of nursing.

OSF HealthCare 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.

Baccalaureate Outcomes

Upon completion of the BSN program, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing the graduate:

  • Synthesizes theories, concepts, and principles from behavioral, natural and social sciences, technologies and nursing as a foundation for the practice of professional nursing.
  • Implements culturally appropriate caring behaviors in nursing practice.
  • Integrates written, oral, technology and information literacy skills to facilitate communication within the nurse patient relationship and interprofessional collaboration in a variety of health care settings.
  • Models critical thinking, skills of inquiry and problem solving skills for effective decision making in nursing practice based on best evidence.
  • Implements the nursing process to assist patients and families throughout the life cycle in reaching optimal health by facilitating adaptation of physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual well-being.
  • Applies leadership through engaging in professional nursing within a political, legal, ethical, social and financial framework to implement patient safety and quality within the context of the interprofessional team and health care system.
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for personal and professional growth and development and is responsive to emerging roles within the profession.
  • Employs the process of self-reflection to continually improve practice and engage in lifelong learning.

Curriculum

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree offered by the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing consists of a total of 124 semester hours of coursework. These hours are divided into 59 semester hours of required pre-nursing courses and 65 semester hours of coursework within the nursing major.

Prerequisites

59 semester hours of required pre-nursing curriculum to be completed at the college of choice prior to enrollment at the College of Nursing.

Application may be made upon completion of at least 30 semester hours of pre-nursing courses, which must include at least eight semester hours of physical/life sciences.

An overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 plus a 2.50 GPA for anatomy & physiology I & II are required for admission. Only course grades of C or above are transferable.

If the hours total less than 59, an additional course(s) must be taken in any area of choice.

For a list of requirements from other pre-nursing colleges, please review our transfer guide.

Student must take a three semester-hour elective course of choice in any of the major content areas. It is recommended that anyone without computer knowledge take a computer class to satisfy this elective.

The requirements of the pre-nursing curriculum incorporate both the general education core curriculum adopted by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the specific courses required to support the nursing major.

Course Semester Hours
Humanities - Philosophy 3
Humanities - Fine Arts (elective) 3
Humanities (elective) 3
Communications - Speech 3
Communications - English Composition (elective - 2 courses) 6
Social & Behavioral Sciences - Introduction to Psychology 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences - Introduction to Sociology 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences - Growth & Development through Life Span (2 courses)
Note: if one course covers entire life span, then may take a 3 semester hour elective instead of a second growth and development course
6
Social & Behavioral Sciences (elective) 3
Physical & Life Sciences - Anatomy & Physiology (2 courses)
Must include a laboratory component
8
Physical & Life Sciences - Chemistry
Must include a laboratory component
4
Physical & Life Sciences - Microbiology 4
Physical & Life Sciences - Nutrition 3
Mathematics 3
Mathematics - Introduction to Statistics 3
Mathematics (elective) 3

Junior Year - First Semester

Course Semester Hours
310 - Health Assessment 3
312 - Pathophysiology 4
314 - Pharmacological Basis of Nursing Practice 3
321 - Learning Strategies for Nursing Students 1
324 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Theory 4
325 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing I Clinical 2

Junior Year - Second Semester

Course Semester Hours
304 - Nursing and Healthcare Ethics 3
322 - Concepts of Care for the Older Adult 3
330 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Theory 5
331 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing II Clinical 5

Senior Year - First Semester

Course Semester Hours
318 - Research for Nursing Practice 3
426 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Theory 5
427 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing III Clinical 5
434 - Concepts in Nursing Management 3

Senior Year - Second Semester

Course Semester Hours
412 - Trends and Issues for Professional Nursing 3
431 - Elective 3
438 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Theory 5
439 - Conceptual Basis of Nursing IV Clinical 5
Total Courses 65
Total Credit Hours 124