Program Overview

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing offers a pre-licensure program of graduate study leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in nursing.  The Graduate Entry Master of Science program is designed for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field who are seeking to become Registered Nurses (RNs) and enter the nursing field as Advanced Generalists.  The UIC MS degree in nursing will prepare graduates to provide nursing care in a generalized area of practice by applying advanced knowledge synthesized from nursing and related disciplines, improve health care by assuming leadership roles in collaboration with other professionals and consumers, and contribute to the advancement of the profession.

What is an Advanced Generalist Nurse?

With advanced education in nursing, individuals are able to assume leadership roles to make a difference in the clinical setting.  At the point of care, the advanced generalist acts as the care coordinator for a group of clients while providing direct care in complex cases. Advanced generalists evaluate client out-comes, assess client risks, and promote client and family advocacy. The advanced generalist role is not limited to the acute care settings; advanced generalist-prepared nurses focus on delivering effective and efficient care in a fiscally responsible manner across the health continuum. 

Licensure

Students in the Graduate Entry Master of Science program will complete RN licensure preparation while simultaneously completing the Advanced Generalist MS.  Following completion of the degree, Graduate Entry MS students will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.