In the heartland of north central Illinois

Our regional campus is home to IllinoisÔÇÖ largest downstate medical center and medical library in the UIC College of Medicine and Health Systems.

Campus Overview

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Elaine Hardy
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Director, Peoria Regional Campus

We are the Peoria Regional Campus, part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) located in Peoria, Illinois. Our Peoria nursing students have the incredible advantage of being able to get their degree locally while being affiliated with a nursing college that is one of the top ranked in the U.S. Our nursing students are largely from the regional area and we are proud to say that almost 70% of our nursing students remain in the area to practice; many as local nursing educators and leaders. Our campus offers unique opportunities for inter-professional collaboration in teaching, education, and research with the College of Medicine, which is also on the Peoria Regional Campus.

Peoria has a population of over 115,000 in the heartland of north central Illinois. The Peoria Regional Campus is home to IllinoisÔÇÖ largest downstate medical center and medical library in the UIC College of Medicine and Health Systems. Over the years we have developed strong partnerships with community and healthcare agencies and institutions. Opportunities for inter-professional education collaboration with the College of Medicine also exist on the Peoria Regional Campus.

The UIC College of Nursing in Peoria is able to bring a wide variety of graduate specialties to the Peoria area because we use technology to bring students together across all five of our campuses. Courses are offered in a variety of formats: in person, video-conferencing, on-line, and at clinical sites. Clinical experiences are provided at a broad array of facilities throughout central Illinois area and are supervised by a variety of outstanding clinicians.

Academic Programs

The Peoria Regional Campus College of Nursing offers graduate programs in several advanced practice specialties in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Students in diverse specialties come together and build networks of colleagues for the future.

Our campus offers the Master of Science in Nursing (MS) as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The following advanced practice specialty concentrations are available:

Options available for Registered Nurses (RNs) with an AssociateÔÇÖs Degree in Nursing include the Online RN-to- BSN Completion Program and the RN-to-MS Transition Program.

The Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program for RNs with Associate Degrees in Nursing online program provides students with an excellent foundation for a career in leadership in one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. Upon successful completion of all coursework, students will earn a fully accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Also, learn about the BSN Degree Completion Program for RNs.

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


Clinical faculty practice at various sites throughout Peoria and the region, including local community clinics, private practices and medical centers.

Campus Faculty