Rockford

Strong affiliations with regional hospitals and primary care practices

Our nursing students have an abundance of clinical practice opportunities locally.

Campus Overview

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Kelly D. Rosenberger
DNP, APN, WHNP-BC, CNM
  • Director, Rockford Regional Campus

We are the Rockford Regional Campus, part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) located in Rockford, Illinois. Situated  on the University of Illinois Health Science Campus, along with the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy, we are beautifully positioned on the Rock River. Our nursing programs offer students a variety of Health Science education opportunities and a world-class education.

Rockford is home to 150,000 people who affordably live in a big way while still feeling as if it is small-town living. The Rockford Campus is only one hour west of Chicago, close enough to the big city bustle but far enough from big city hassles. We are easily accessible to southeastern Wisconsin and all the loveliness and variety that it also offers. 

Our Rockford Regional Campus is also home to a full service Health Science library. While in our program, our nursing students have an abundance of clinical practice opportunities locally.  We have very strong affiliations with regional hospitals and primary care practices. There is also a state of the art Standardized Patient Center to develop patient assessment and management skills.  The UIC College of Medicine primary care clinics in Rockford offer our students unique, interdisciplinary clinical learning opportunities. Additionally, we have strong affiliations with our local VA clinics, our area health departments and we partner with three regional tertiary centers that include Level I Trauma Centers.

Academic Programs

The Rockford Regional Campus College of Nursing offers students the opportunity to complete a UIC degree while receiving their education in Rockford in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Our nursing students are taught by highly respected doctorally prepared faculty at one of the nation’s top ranked graduate nursing programs. There are numerous opportunities to study a wide array of nursing specialties, which are listed below.  Our campus offers the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The following advanced practice specialty concentrations are available:  

  • Advanced Generalist Master of Science (AGMS)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Population Health
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Health Systems Leadership and Informatics
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Midwifery
  • Nurse Midwifery/Women’s Health Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

The UIC College of Nursing Rockford campus is able to engage in distance learning and participate in classes in Chicago through our teleconferencing technology that is able to brings students together across all of our five campuses. Courses are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, video-conference and online. Clinical experiences of the highest caliber are arranged and supervised by our faculty at locations in and around the Rockford region. Our adjunct faculty, who also serve as preceptors, are an outstanding group of clinicians.

Options available for Registered Nurses (RNs) with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing include the Online RN- to- BSN Completion Program and the RN-to-MS Transition Program. The Bachelor of Science (BSN) Completion Program for RNs with an Associate Degree in Nursing is an online program offered by the UIC CON through UIC Online. This degree provides students with an excellent foundation for a career in leadership. Upon successful completion of all coursework, students will earn a fully accredited BSN from the UIC CON. Learn more about the BSN Completion Program for RNs.

The RN-to-MS Transition Program is available for RNs who have a Bachelor’s Degree in another field and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing. Students are admitted to the graduate program and take an additional one to four (1-4) transition courses. Learn more about the RN-to-MS Transition Program.

For more information, please contact us in Rockford at 815.395.5624

Practice

The College of Medicine at Rockford operates primary care clinics in Rockford, Belvidere and Rockton.  We also have the Women and Children’s Health Center and Psychiatric Services in Rockford. These clinical facilities offer inter-professional learning opportunities for our Advanced Practice Nursing (APN) students. The practices provide rich clinical learning experiences and exposure to an inter-professional group of clinical/teachers (MDs, APNs and Pharmacists). Students, in all three professional programs, work together professionally and are involved in clinical research projects.

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