Springfield Becomes 6TH UIC College of Nursing Campus in the State of Illinois

In the heart of central Illinois is the state's capital and the newest regional campus for the top-ranked UIC College of Nursing.

Campus Overview

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Cynthia Reese
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Springfield Campus Regional Director

We are the Springfield Regional Campus, part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON) and its newest campus.

The UIC CON partners with the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) and Memorial Health Systems. The Springfield Regional Campus offers students an opportunity to earn a UIC BSN, MS, or DNP degree on the Springfield campus

The addition of the Springfield regional campus will help further expand the presence of the UIC College of Nursing statewide. "The new Springfield partnership between a nursing college ranked second nationally in National Institutes of Health funding, a health system with two Magnet-designated hospitals, and a university whose Capital Scholars honors program is recognized for generating incredible leaders will produce academically strong, critically thinking nurses, practitioners and midwives that will meet the health care needs of the people of central and southern Illinois," says Dean Terri E. Weaver.

With the addition of Springfield as the UIC College of Nursing's fifth regional campus, the top ranked institution spreads further across Illinois.  Springfield joins Peoria, the Quad Cities, Rockford, and Urbana as regional campuses with the flagship site located in Chicago.

The first cohort of students started in Fall 2016.   College officials expect 32 students to be admitted in 2017 (fall), followed by 48 students in fall 2018. Starting in fall 2019, 64 students will be admitted. The first cohorts are expected to receive their BSN degrees May 2018.

Graduate UIC nursing programs will also be available at the UIS campus.

The partnership "could not have come at a better time," said UIS Chancellor Susan Koch, "because as Springfield's medical district grows, there is a demand for more highly qualified nurses in the area."

"We are bringing one of the top-ranked schools of nursing in the country to Springfield, while helping to further boost undergraduate enrollment growth at UIS," she said. "We are extremely excited to begin this partnership."

[source: UIC News]

Springfield Regional Campus Media Highlights

Several Springfield media outlets reported on how nursing students will soon be able to earn a University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) bachelor's degree on the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) campus beginning August 2015.  To kick-off the announcement, a press conference was held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 in Springfield on the UIS campus to announce the College of Nursing's newest regional campus.  For additional information:

About Springfield

Springfield is located in central Illinois and is home to our state capital, the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Office of the Governor of Illinois.  It has an active downtown area with many historic sites and tourist attractions, including the newest museum in the Midwest that celebrates Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President, his family and his years in the White House.  Lincoln lived in Springfield from 1837 until 1861 spending those years as a practicing lawyer and politician. 

Springfield is also home to the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) campus positioned on the southeast edge of the city on almost 750 acres of beautiful and spacious land.  In the fall of 2015, UIS will welcome its newest students; those interested in pursuing a degree in nursing.  These students while being able to stay close to home and attend the Springfield Regional Campus, will be a part of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC CON), a top ten nationally ranked nursing institution.

U.S. News & World Report ranks UIS as the top regional public university in the state of Illinois and one of the best public regional universities in the Midwest. The rankings reflect the strength of the student body as well as the high-quality, teaching-focused academic experience. UIS is known for its small class sizes allowing personal interaction between professors and students.

Academic Programs

Currently accepting applications for the below Programs:

The Springfield Regional Campus College of Nursing offers a four-year program. The program can be completed in two phases: freshmen and sophomores can take pre-nursing and general education courses at UIS with the second phase allowing juniors and seniors to complete professional nursing courses taught by UIC nursing faculty on the UIS campus.

Admission to the professional phase of the BSN program requires successful completion of the first phase, followed by a recommendation of the collegeÔÇÖs admissions committee.

Graduate UIC nursing programs will also be available at the UIS campus, with admissions beginning next spring for matriculation in the fall.