Quad Cities

On the Illinois/Iowa border offering unique nursing opportunities

Almost 80% of the graduates of our regional campus stay in the area and continue to serve our communities.

Campus Overview

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Kathleen J.H. Sparbel
PhD, FNP-BC
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director, Quad Cities Regional Campus

We are the Quad Cities Regional Campus, part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON), located in downtown Moline, Illinois.  The Quad Cities consist of four diverse cities that border each other, Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island approximately 180 miles west of Chicago.  We are on the Illinois-Iowa border with the Mississippi and Rock Rivers at our doorsteps.

The Quad Cities offers many opportunities for comfortable living and job opportunities for nurses.  While we are very proud that the majority of our students come from 17 surrounding counties in western Illinois and six counties in eastern Iowa, we are gratified that almost 80% of graduates continue serving within the Quad Cities area, in family practice and acute care facilities, emergency care settings, hospitals, administration, community health agencies, county health departments, women’s health services, school settings, and private medical offices. Iowa and Illinois graduate students have the opportunity to attend the nationally ranked University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing at the Quad Cities Regional Campus while being assessed Illinois in-state tuition rates.

The Quad Cities is home to a wide array of cultural venues including the accomplished QC Symphony, Ballet QC, River Music Experience, and the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse. The area is also host to a variety of activities and events highlighted by the Mississippi Valley Fair, theMississippi Valley Blues Festival, the Niabi Zoo, Rock Island Botanical Garden, Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, Bettendorf Children’s Museum, and I Wireless Center. And if that is not enough to show how livable and competitive the area is, it is home to the Quad City River Bandits, a Class A professional baseball team who plays at Modern Woodman Park, located in one of the most picturesque ballparks in Davenport on the Mississippi River. There are also the QC Mallards, a Central Hockey League, who play at the I Wireless Center in Moline.

Academic Programs

The Quad Cities Regional Campus College of Nursing offers students the opportunity to complete a UIC degree while receiving their education in the Quad-Cities. Our campus offers the online RN-to-BSN program, graduate nursing degrees in Master of Science (MS) and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Quad Cities faculty arrange and supervise clinical practicum experiences to ensure excellent preparation for the advanced practice nursing role. The following advanced practice specialties are either offered or facilitated at the Quad Cities campus:

The RN-BSN Completion Program is now offered totally on-line, delivered in 8-week courses through UIC Online. The RN-BSN program provides flexibility for the working nurse and is available to students regardless of their location. Students can be admitted to the program at multiple entry times during the year. The graduate courses combine on-line, in person, and video conferencing instruction to or from other campuses allowing students’ interactive participation. Excellent graduate student clinical experiences are arranged at diverse area health care facilities. Preceptors include hospital administrators, physicians, family nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, acute care nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals.

Learn more about the RN-BSN Completion Program.

Practice

The Quad Cities faculty often maintain practices in family practice, internal medicine and urgent care clinics. In addition, the Quad Cities faculty conduct research and serve our community partners in advisory roles.

Faculty