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University of St. Francis, Leach College of Nursing
The mission of the Leach College of Nursing (LCON) is the education of the student as a holistic person, who will function as an accountable practitioner of nursing with respect for human life. The Franciscan values of respect, compassion, service, and integrity form the distinctive characteristics of the college and provide direction for carrying out its mission.
The MSN Program:Emphasizes expansion of nursing knowledge to prepare nurses for an advanced role. The emphasis is placed on developing nurses who will assume a leadership role within the healthcare delivery system and the nursing profession. Education, practice, and research are integrated to ensure the development of knowledge and clinical expertise paramount to addressing the healthcare issues of the 21st century. http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/college-of-nursing/graduate-programs/...
The DNP Program: The health and well-being of citizens in our country is truly in the hands of nurses. With a soon-to-be shortage of primary care providers and grave shortages in nursing faculty, advanced practice and advanced role nurses and nurse practitioners affecting nursing education and the healthcare of the nation, nurses will become increasingly responsible for primary health care practice.
LCON has taken another leadership role in advancing evidence-based graduate nursing education, advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. When started in 2009, USF’s DNP program was one of only 120 in the nation and the fourth program established in the State of Illinois. The DNP degree will prepare graduates to provide the most advanced level of health care for populations based on evidence-based scientific, medical and nursing research and practice guidelines. http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/college-of-nursing/dnp/#.Ut2Bk7Tnapo
* RN-BSN Fast Track is offered online.
* The MSN Programs and the DNP Program is offered online.
* FNP program at Albuquerque, NM: On-site classes for students at the Albuquerque campus are scheduled at times convenient for students who are working full time or traveling long distances.