Graduate Entry Master of Science Program

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Program Overview

The College of Nursing offers a program designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and wish to become a Registered Nurses (RN), currently known as the Graduate Entry Master of Science Program (Graduate Entry MS). The CON’s reconceptualization of graduate nursing education is evidence of our responsiveness to the changing dynamic in health care and our commitment to prepare the most sophisticated and skilled nursing professionals for today and the future. Our academic programs are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s call to produce advanced nurse clinicians who are able to address the complex care needs of this environment in direct care and specialty practice roles.

Entry Term Fall each year
Degree Earned Master of Science (MS)
Degree Emphasis Advanced Generalist Practice
Program Length 7 semesters.
Students complete pre-licensure and Advanced Generalist MS courses simultaneously.
Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX upon receiving the MS degree.
Credit Hours 79 credit hours
Enrollment Full-time only
Location Chicago or Urbana

Admissions Requirements

Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (any field)
  2. 3.00/4.00 cumulative GPA of the bachelor's degree*
  3. Completion of 18 semester hours of prerequisite coursework by the end of the Spring Semester before the start of the program.
  4. Official GRE scores required by the application deadline if cumulative GPA in the baccalaureate (or higher) degree is less than 3.25/4.00. Courses taken after the baccalaureate (or higher degree) has been earned will not be calculated in the cumulative GPA for GRE waiver eligibility.
  5. All science prerequisites must have been completed within 7 years of enrollment; all prerequisites must be complete with grades of C or better by the end of the Spring Semester before the start of the program. Evaluations of prerequisite courses will be conducted by the College of Nursing during the admissions review only. One-on-one evaluations are not available for prospective students.
* Upon admission, additional requirements may be implemented based on GPA, please see the Grad College Website for full policy and details.

Prerequisites

If courses are taken outside of UIC then use Transferology to determine equivalencies.  If you are unsure about whether or not a class is transferable, please contact Michael Behlke at mbehlke@uic.edu.

  1. Anatomy (or Anatomy & Physiology I) with lab (4 hours)
  2. Physiology  (or Anatomy & Physiology II) with lab  (4 hours)
  3. Chemistry with lab (4 hours) (General, Inorganic, Organic or Biochemistry accepted)
  4. Microbiology (3 hours)
  5. Introduction to Research Methods (3 hours)
    Courses that fulfill this prerequisite are typically offered in the Psychology or Sociology department at 4-year colleges or universities and cover the design, execution, analysis and interpretation of research. The title of the course should include “Research Methods.” Introduction to Statistics does NOT fulfill this requirement.

 

Degree Requirements

Fall Semester - Y1

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 403

Cultural Fluency, Communication & Ethics

3

NURS 421

Pathophysiology

3

NURS 511

Epidemiology & Statistics

4

NURS 515

Theoretical Foundations for Evidence-Based Practice

3

Total

13

Spring Semester - Y1

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 422

Pharmacology

3

NURS 519

Health Equity & Social Determinants

3

NUPR 404

Integrated Health Care: Concepts and Skills

3

NUPR 405

Integrated Health Care: Clinical Practice I

3

Total

12

Summer Semester - Y1

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 408

Integrated Health Care: Adult/Older Adult

4

NURS 414

Integrated Health Care: Mental Health

2

NUPR 410

Integrated Health Care: Clinical Practice II

5

Total

11

Fall Semester - Y2

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 412

Integrated Health Care: Women, Children, and Family

4

NURS 534

Advanced Physiological Principles Across the Lifespan

2

NUPR 415

Integrated Health Care: Clinical Practice III

5

Total

11

Spring Semester - Y2

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 406

Integrated Health Care: Community

2

NURS 518

Quality & Safety Through Health Technologies

3

NURS 535

Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan

3

NUPR 416

Integrated Health Care: Clinical Practice IV

3

Total

11

Summer Semester - Y2

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 516

EBP 2 - Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

3

NURS 517

Leadership, Policy, and Interprofessional Collaboration: Effecting Change in Complex Health Systems

3

NUPR 420

Clinical Synthesis

5

Total

11

Fall Semester - Y3

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

NURS 520

Clinical Synthesis Practicum for the Advanced Generalist

3

NURS 531

Pharmacotherapeutics

3

NURS 532

Comprehensive Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice

4

Total

10

 

 

Total Credits for Graduate Entry Program Master of Science in Nursing

79

 

How to Apply

Application Deadline: January 15

The Graduate Entry Master of Science program admits for the fall semester only. Prospective students are encouraged to complete the application process early. All application materials, including unofficial transcripts, recommendations, resumés, and supplemental application forms must be submitted by deadline for full consideration. 

Please visit the Admission Requirements  page before applying to the College of Nursing.

All Applicants

  1. Complete the UIC Graduate Application online at https://admissions.uic.edu/graduate-professional/apply.
  • Choose the appropriate application: Apply Domestic (or International) Degree Seeking
  • Select your “Admission Term”: Fall  
  • Select your ‘Planned Course of Study’: MS Nursing Grad Entry (Chicago or Urbana)
  1. Submit the non-refundable application fee for both domestic and international students.

NOTE: Within 3-5 business days of submitting your graduate application, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions directing you to your application login webpage where you can begin uploading required items, one at a time, as necessary. Please prepare an electronic copy of the required application materials in PDF format so that they are available when requested. All required materials must be submitted electronically through your application. DO NOT MAIL any materials at this time.

  1. (Upload) Current resumé or curriculum vitae.
  2. (Upload) College/university transcripts.  All transcripts should be combined into a single PDF file and uploaded to your application.  No hard copy transcripts will be accepted for graduate applications.  For more information, please go here.
  3. (Upload) Completed College of Nursing Supplemental application (Download here: Grad Entry MS Supplemental Application pdf)
  4. Enter names and email addresses of three references. The references you indicate will receive email notification to upload this fillable pdf Recommendation Form. Recommendations should come from those who can speak to your professional and scholastic abilities. It is preferred to have letters of recommendation from those with a graduate level degree. Personal references from friends, relatives or co-workers will automatically be disregarded.
  5. Submit GRE scores (if required, by application deadline). Applicants with less than a cumulative 3.25/4.00 GPA in the baccalaureate (or higher) degree are required to submit GRE scores by the application deadline. Cumulative GPA’s are pulled directly from the transcripts submitted. Courses taken after the baccalaureate (or higher) degree has been earned will not be calculated into the cumulative GPA for the GRE waiver.

Official test scores (GRE, TOEFL) must be sent directly to the UIC Graduate Admissions Office from Educational Testing Service (UIC Institution Code: 1851, Department Code: 0610).

International Applicants

Additional materials are required of International applicants, including the following. Please refer to UIC’s International Admissions Requirements  for additional details.

  • TOEFL OR IELTS scores
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all undergraduate work in the original language 
  • University or college issued transcripts or mark sheets for all post-baccalaureate work in the original language 
  • Certified English translation of all credentials 
  • Proof of all degrees awarded

Upon recommendation for admission from the College of Nursing, international applicants will be required to supply evidence of financial support for the first year of study. Visit the Office of Admissions’ International Admission Requirements for further explanation of requirements.

Admissions Decision Timeline

Applications to the Graduate Entry MS program will not be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions and Academic Standards Committee until after the January 15th application deadline. If required, faculty interviews generally take place during the month of February with final decisions being announced in April.