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Lewis University - College of Nursing & Health Professions

Lewis University's College of Nursing and Health Professions is an established leader in nursing education. The baccalaureate and master's programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Our College has been developing nurses at all levels for more than 40 years. Our curriculum is continually being modified to meet the demands of the healthcare system. We currently have the largest bachelor’s program in Illinois among private, not-for-profit universities, and teach our accelerated RN/BSN and master's programs at various healthcare organizations. Many of our master’s programs and DNP are offered online for the convenience of working adults.

Located 30 minutes southwest of Chicago, Lewis University is a comprehensive, Catholic university where the traditions of liberal learning and preparation for professional life give the university its educational identity and mission focus. Lewis provides more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 25 graduate programs, and accelerated programs for working adults through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Nursing and Health Professions. 
 

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult

Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner is a 47 credit hour program leading to an MSN designed to prepare the professional nurse with the knowledge and skills to assume an advanced practice role as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner.

Prepare to provide primary healthcare for adolescents and adults in a wide variety of settings, possessing advanced skills in patient education, health promotion, diagnostics, testing and disease prevention, gained through courses such as:
  • Applied Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice
Nurse Practitioner specialization courses are offered in a traditional 16-week format

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult

Family Nurse Practitioner is a 49 credit hour program to prepare the professional nurse with the knowledge and skills to assume an advanced practice role as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Prepare to provide primary healthcare for infants, children, adolescents, adults and women in a wide variety of settings, with advanced skills in patient education, health promotion, diagnostics, testing and disease prevention, gained through courses such as:
  • Applied Physiology/Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Adult Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Epidemiology
Nurse Practitioner specialization courses are offered in a traditional 16-week format.

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Develop effective strategies to ensure safety and quality care for patients and populations.
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Adult
Practice Nursing at its Highest Level

The DNP is the terminal practice degree for the nursing profession. Distinct from the more common research-focused Ph.D. programs in nursing, Lewis' Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program prepares nurses for advanced nursing practice, by building upon their advanced clinical skills with coursework focused on quality improvement, evidence-based practice and systems approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of the public, including:
  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics and the biophysical, psychosocial, analytic and organizational sciences as the basis for advanced nursing practice.
  • Use analytic methods to critically appraise published research, benchmarking data, standards of practice, and clinical expertise to design, implement and evaluate best practices.
  • Develop effective strategies to ensure safety and quality care for patients and populations.
  • Analyze practice initiatives to improve healthcare outcomes in relation to benefit, risk, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Select, design and evaluate information and patient care technology systems to improve population and systems outcomes considering legal, ethical and regulatory issues.
  • Employ consultative, collaborative and leadership skills to facilitate effective communication, enhance patient outcomes, and create change in systems impacting healthcare.
  • Use advanced knowledge to influence legal, political and organizational policy to support access to care and social justice.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in the design, delivery and evaluation of evidence based care in complex situations.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
Designed for the professional registered nurse with a non-nursing bachelor's looking to fast-track their MSN.

Lewis offers fast-track options to expedite your MSN degree, with specializations in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration and Nurse Practitioner.

Prior to enrollment in the MSN program, you may be required to complete undergraduate bridge courses, depending on your choice of specialty track and prior undergraduate coursework.

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Face-to-Face - Undergraduate Degree
Adult

Designed for Registered Nurses who want to complete their nursing degree and get the credentials they need.

Designed specifically for adult learners, the RN to BSN program offers small class sizes for interactive discussion and active participation. Plus, our personalized learning environment and friendly staff will provide you with individual attention, guiding you through the entire process and procedural "hoops", so you can focus your time and attention on class work.

At Lewis, you get more than a degree - you get an education. Our faculty with real-world experience will build on the training you already have - working from your current skill set to strengthen your abilities and expand your specialties. We take a holistic approach to patient care, so you will enhance your clinical judgment and leadership skills that can be used immediately in your practice. Your ethical foundation will be challenged in order to make you a better advocate - compassionate and well-equipped to meet the demands of the ever-changing health care environment.

Plus, we offer on-site programs at hospitals all throughout the region. Our open cohorts provide flexibility so that you can plan to take classes around your schedule. We reward your years of nursing experience by granting up to 12 hours of nursing credit after succesfully completing fifteen hours of nursing courses.

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Competencies

  • Health & Health Care: Gerontology
  • Health & Health Care: Nursing
  • Health & Health Care: Compliance - Healthcare

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