Benedictine College Nursing Named One of Best in America

Benedictine College Nursing Named One of Best in America

Nursing Department Recognized in First Rankings by Nursing Schools Almanac

Published: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Benedictine College’s Department of Nursing has been recognized as one of the top nursing schools in the nation in the first-ever rankings by Nursing Schools Almanac. Benedictine Nursing is ranked among the Top 5 schools in Kansas and is in the Top 40 schools in the Plains Region that includes over 300 institutions in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. See the rankings here.

“We are pleased to be on this track for regional and national recognition so early in our program history,” said Dr. Lynne Connelly, director of Benedictine’s nursing program.

Benedictine College began clinical nursing courses in August 2010 with the dedication of the Mother Teresa Center for Nursing & Health Education. That facility includes classrooms, a clinical skills lab, a high-fidelity simulation room, a birthing simulator, faculty offices, additional administrative offices, an area for practicing clinical assessment skills, and several computer labs and study areas for students. The college granted its first Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees in May 2012.

The philosophy of the Benedictine College Department of Nursing is in concert with the mission statement and philosophy of the college, which emphasizes the Benedictine values and ethics of community, hospitality, respect, stewardship and love of learning.  With these values comes the expectation of high standards and accountability to society.  As a scholarly community of nursing faculty and students, a special emphasis is placed on the spiritual care and psycho-social support of patients as well as fostering positive leadership within the nursing profession and healthcare. The program accepts 25 junior nursing students into the program each fall.

According to Nursing Schools Almanac, they evaluated more than 3,200 nursing programs in America on three dimensions:

  • The institution’s academic prestige and perceived value
  • The breadth and depth of nursing programs offered
  • Student success, particularly on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX)

The organization then combined these assessments into an overall score and ranked the schools accordingly. For a detailed description of their assessment methodology, please see here.

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.