Program Options for Prospective Students

Program Overview

The College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago has an educational program for you, whether you are seeking an undergraduate degree to become a registered nurse RN, an RN who wants to advance your education (RN to BSN), or a BSN-prepared nurse who wants more career options (MS, DNP, or PhD). With a variety of delivery modes, the faculty continue to provide students with a high-quality curriculum that is contemporary, evidence-based, incorporates cutting-edge faculty-generated research, meets the needs of our community, and exceeds accreditation standards. Students studying at the UIC College of Nursing, either in Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, the Quad Cities, Springfield or Urbana can expect the highest quality of education from a distinguished and award-winning faculty.

The College of Nursing is a dynamic, student-centered school recognized as a leader in nursing education and research. Our admission staff is here to assist in you in choosing the right academic program for your career aspirations.

Program Options

UIC College of Nursing offers a variety of options either to begin or further your education in nursing. Use the table below to determine which program best suits you. 

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High school diploma or some college credit,

Earning a bachelor's degree in nursing and becoming a registered nurse,

BSN program

Diploma or associate’s degree in nursing (and are an RN) and you do not have a bachelor’s degree,

Earning a bachelor's degree in nursing,

RN-BSN program

Bachelor's degree in nursing (and are an RN),

Earning an advanced generalist graduate degree in nursing,

MS program

Earning a research-focused doctorate,

PhD program

Becoming an advanced practice nurse,

DNP program

Bachelor's degree outside of nursing (and are an RN),

Earning an advanced generalist nursing degree,

MS program in combination with one to four transition courses

Becoming an advanced practice nurse,

DNP program in combination with one to four transition courses

Bachelor's or master's degree outside of nursing and you are not an RN,

Earning a bachelor's degree in nursing and becoming a registered nurse,

BSN program

Earning an advanced nursing degree,

Graduate Entry Master of Science Program

Master’s degree in nursing (and are an RN),

Earning a research focused doctorate,

PhD program

Obtaining certification in a new advanced practice area or earning a practice-focused doctorate with no new certification (must already be an APN),

DNP program

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