Sandburg Partners With SIUE for Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing

  Aaron Frey
  Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:19 AM
  Campus News

Galesburg, IL

Carl Sandburg College and the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing (SON) have agreed to offer an accelerated path to a bachelor’s in nursing (BS) that would allow students to complete their general education courses at Sandburg, earning an associate degree in nursing, and complete their baccalaureate nursing coursework online through SIUE.

Students can take classes at Sandburg and begin a job in their profession while then working online to obtain their BS from SIUE.

“Our nursing students will benefit from the partnership created between Sandburg and SIUE. This pathway offers the opportunity to further their nursing education with a highly respected institution at an affordable cost and in a timely manner,” Sandburg Dean of Health Professions Kris Gray said. “We are fortunate to partner with an institution that shares our commitment to student success and to high-quality nursing education.”

The SON accelerated registered nurse to Bachelor of Science (RN to BS) in nursing option is offered in a flexible, entirely-online format to accommodate the needs of working registered nurses (RNs). The program format consists of eight-week courses and can be completed in one year (three semesters) if most of the general education requirements are met at the time of admission. A student’s academic progression plan is customized to meet their individual needs. Those interested in attaining an RN to MSN or DNP may apply for accelerated graduate nursing options.

“The partnership between Carl Sandburg College and the SIUE School of Nursing demonstrates a mutual commitment of offering high-quality, affordable and accessible education to students who want to become nurses and advance within their profession,” said SON Dean Laura Bernaix, PhD. “This partnership will undoubtedly contribute toward ensuring a robust nursing workforce in Illinois.”

For more information, contact the Carl Sandburg College Welcome Center at 309.345.3500 or or visit

About Carl Sandburg College
Carl Sandburg College is dedicated to serving the educational needs of western and central Illinois. The College has served the area for more than 50 years with accreditation that has been approved by The Higher Learning Commission. Individual and community improvement through education is the goal of Sandburg, and we strive to give individuals the ability to think critically, to realize their human potential, and to become a constructive force in their environment. The mission of Carl Sandburg College is to provide all students with opportunities for success.

About SIUE School of Nursing
The SIUE School of Nursing’s programs are committed to creating excellence in nursing leadership through innovative teaching, evidence-based practice, quality research, patient advocacy and community service. Enrolling nearly 1,900 students in its baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders in pursuit of shaping the nursing profession and impacting the health care environment. SIUE’s undergraduate nursing programs help to solve the region’s shortage of baccalaureate-prepared nurses and enhance the quality of nursing practice within all patient service venues. The School’s graduate programs prepare nurses for advanced roles in clinical practice, administration and education.

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