Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing Program Review
As a school that offers only nursing programs, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing (BRCN) in western Illinois is able to focus all of its resources on nursing students. Prospective students can expect exceptional teaching and clinical experiences from dedicated nursing professionals. They will take all nursing courses on Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing’s campus, which is part of the Blessing Hospital campus.
At the same time, students are also enrolled at either Quincy University or Culver-Stockton College, where they will complete general education requirements. Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, as well as approval from the State Boards of Nursing in both Illinois and Missouri.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
In partnership with Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College, Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing offers a traditional four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program for students with no previous college education or nursing experience. A prospective BSN student enrolls at one of the two partner schools and spends the first two semesters taking general education courses (Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing also welcomes transfer students from other colleges besides Quincy University and Culver-Stockton College, but they must complete the same general education requirements).
By the third semester, she is eligible to begin nursing courses and clinical rotations at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. At the end of four years, she is eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX_RN).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Advanced Placement
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing provides an accelerated BSN program for students who hold a full baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing. In order to be eligible for admission, a prospective student must complete prerequisites in science, psychology, and liberal arts. Once these classes are finished, he can enroll in the two-year BSN program and work toward his license as a Registered Nurse (RN). The program does not operate on a traditional academic schedule; it begins each April.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – LPN-BSN Track
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is welcome to complete her BSN through the LPN-BSN track at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing. She must fulfill all the requirements of the traditional BSN program, but she is eligible to receive transfer credit for some nursing courses. An advisor will determine the appropriate course of study, including necessary prerequisites, based on the incoming LPN’s work experience and previous academic work. The length of the program can vary depending on how many nursing courses and general education courses are required.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN-BSN
Registered Nurses who hold an associate degree or diploma in nursing are eligible to complete a BSN through Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing’s online RN to BSN program. The program consists of thirty credit hours of nursing classes, completed entirely online, as well as ninety-six hours of clinical practice. Students complete the program over the course of two years, taking one class at a time.
Master of Science in Nursing
To advance in the field of nursing, an RN can enroll in Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The traditional program is open to students who hold a full BSN degree. It consists of forty-two or forty-four credit hours (depending on whether the student completes a thesis). A working RN typically completes the MSN program over the course of two years, choosing to specialize in either nursing administration or nursing education.
Master of Science in Nursing – RN-MSN
An RN who holds an associate degree or diploma in nursing cannot directly enter the traditional MSN program at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing, but is welcome to go through the RN to MSN track. As his first step in the RN-MSN program, he must complete eighteen credit hours of undergraduate nursing courses. He then transfers into the traditional MSN track and completes forty-two or forty-four additional credit hours, and specializes in either nursing administration or nursing education.
Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing
North 11th Street
Quincy, IL 62301