Urbana

Offering students opportunities for strong clinical partnerships

Our regional campus, housed at the University of Illinois, graduates students with a nationally recognized nursing degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Campus Overview

Sandra Drozdz Burke
PhD, APN, CDE, FAADE
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Director, Urbana Regional Campus

We are the Urbana Regional Campus, part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus in east central Illinois. Over 700 nursing alumni have come through our doors. University of Illinois is the largest land grant university in Illinois. Students have the advantage of the highly ranked UIC College of Nursing program while they enjoy the sports, activities, and resources of the UIUC campus. UIUC is a part of the Big Ten Conference and home to the Fighting Illini Football and Basketball teams and multiple other intercollegiate sports activities. With a culturally, diverse student body of over 44,000, our students are offered an array of opportunities to participate in collegiate sports, be a part of a fraternal organization and engage in a variety of social and cultural activities that the campus offers. For instance, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is an internationally recognized entertainment venue offering myriad performances and performers at outrageously reasonable prices.  When they are working on academic projects, students on the UIUC campus have access to the largest public university research library in the nation.

We are a very progressive institution. Technologically, the Champaign–Urbana Metropolitan Area ranks in the top ten of high-tech cities in the U.S. outside of Silicon Valley. Our community is also quite progressive as a recent survey in Country Home magazine ranked us in the top ten of the twenty-five greenest cities in the U.S.

The Urbana Regional Campus has strong clinical partnerships with Carle Foundation Hospital, Presence-Covenant Medical Center, the Danville VA Medical Center and numerous other respected health care agencies in the community and surrounding areas. There is convenient access to clinical sites and the public transportation system in Champaign-Urbana, the MTD, is ranked the 7thbest transportation system in America. Students with cars are amazed at how quickly they can get around. In town, our peak rush time it is more “rush minutes” than hours!

For more information please contact us in Urbana at:

Allison Holden, Admissions Counselor and Academic Advisor
217.333.2507 or aholden@illinois.edu

Rebecca Riley, Business Manager
217.244.0410 or rriley@illinois.edu

Carolyn Trauthwein, Office Support Associate
217.333.2507 or trauthwe@illinois.edu

Makaila Shackelford, Office Support Specialist
217.333.2507 or mshackel@illinois.edu

Academic Programs

The Urbana Regional Campus College of Nursing offers the following programs: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MS), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and supportive courses for the PhD. Students are admitted to the nursing program as transfer juniors. UIUC students who are enrolled in General Studies or other academic schools complete nursing prerequisite courses during their freshmen and sophomore years and then complete the baccalaureate nursing degree as a University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) student on the Urbana campus. Students from other universities or community colleges take their prerequisites at their home college and then follow the same transfer guidelines as all applicants. Once on campus, the UIC CON students are offered the same benefits and opportunities as all UIUC students.

For the Graduate Student

The following advanced practice specialties are either offered or facilitated at the Urbana campus:

  • Administrative Studies in Nursing
  • Administrative Studies in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (Joint Degree)
  • Administrative Studies in Nursing / Master of Health Informatics (Joint Degree)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Community Health Nurse
  • Advanced Community Health Nurse / Master of Public Health (Joint Degree)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Nurse-Midwifery / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Health / Advanced Community Health Nurse
  • Occupational Health / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Perinatal Clinical Specialist
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • School / Advanced Community Health Nurse
  • School / Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Most courses are a combination of online and video conferencing instruction to or from other regional campuses. Any of the advanced practice specialties offered on the Chicago campus are either offered at or facilitated by the Urbana regional campus. Graduate courses at Urbana may be delivered via online or internet-based distance instruction. Distance learning provides live and interactive classes. Teaching faculty originate locally or from one of the other four campuses. Students can ask questions when  they occur as if they were sitting in a classroom yet could possibly be 150 miles away. A cadre of outstanding local advanced practice clinicians also serve as adjunct clinical faculty to supervise our graduate clinical practicum experiences.  Class times and days vary according to the clinical specialty. Clinical practicum experiences are local and provided at a broad array of facilities in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities. (Transportation to clinical sites is the student’s responsibility.)

FAQs

FAQ’s: Undergraduate (Pre-licensure) Students

When I’m admitted to the Urbana campus, where will I attend class and clinical?

Nursing students have classes in various buildings on the UIUC campus and in our simulation laboratory at 909 Nevada Street. Clinical courses take place in agencies located in Champaign-Urbana or in surrounding communities. Transportation to clinical sites is the student’s responsibility. Public transportation is available through MTD (see www.cumtd.com).

Will I be required to go to Chicago as part of my nursing education?

Undergraduate students do not typically need to travel to Chicago for class or lab experiences. Clinical practicum experiences take place in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding communities.  Students from all regional campuses are encouraged to gather in Chicago to celebrate commencement together.

Can I finish my UIUC degree while attending the UIC CON?

Yes, it is possible to complete your UIUC degree while completing your BSN.  The BSN is a rigorous program so you must work very closely with your academic advisors in nursing at in your UIUC department or school. 

Will my nursing degree be from UIUC?

No. The College of Nursing on the Urbana Regional Campus is a regional program of the University of Illinois at Chicago, one of the top ranked schools of nursing in the country.  Your degree will be from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON).

If I’m part of UIC, where do my student fees go?

Tuition and college differential fees go to UIC.  However, when students register for the Urbana Regional Campus, their student fees are allocated to the Urbana Regional Campus. This allows Urbana students to have full access to the local services such as the health sciences library.

Are there any extracurricular activities or groups available to regional students?

In addition to all of the resources available on the UIUC campus, there is a very active chapter of the Student Nurses Association of Illinois at Urbana, an Urban Health Program, and an active undergraduate student council. Leadership opportunities abound.

Is financial aid available for nursing students?

Yes. Financial Aid for nursing students is administered through the UIC Office of Student Financial Aid.  Students MUST fill out a FAFSA using UIC’s school code (001776) in order to obtain aid.

Can I begin my program in the College of Nursing before completing all of my prerequisite coursework?

No. You must have completed all required coursework (other than upper division) prior to beginning your nursing program.You can, however apply to the CON after having completed 3 of 5 required science courses.

Is there a BSN completion option on the Urbana Regional Campus?

The BSN completion option is offered on-line. More information is available at: http://www.uic.edu/scs/nursing/bsn/index.html

Where can I get more information about the nursing program offered on the Urbana Regional Campus?

Tony Hooker is the recruiter and admissions counselor for students in Urbana. He can be reached at: 217.333.2507 or at hooker@illinois.edu.

FAQ’s: Graduate Students

Will I be required to go to Chicago as part of my nursing education?

Face to face classes for graduate students are conducted at the Urbana campus where students may also connect to the other four (4) campuses via distance technology. Graduate students may be required to join classmates in Chicago for a limited number of activities.

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