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University of Illinois at Chicago - College of Nursing

The mission of the UIC College of Nursing is to transform health, healthcare, and policy through knowledge generation and translation, and education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds.

Each year, more than 1,300 nursing students have access to excellence through our baccalaureate (BSN), master of science (MS), qraduate entry proqram (GEP), doctor of nursinq practice (DNP), doctor of philosophy (PhD), and certificate programs - in Chicago and at our regional campuses in Peoria, Quad Cities, Rockford, and Urbana. With seven health science colleges at the UIC, students have the opportunity to engage in inter-professional classroom and clinical opportunities.

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A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago will provide you with an excellent foundation for a fulfilling, lifetime career as a nurse  one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S.

As one of the nations leading colleges of nursing, the UIC College of Nursing offers an excellent education with some of the nations foremost nursing leaders as your instructors. You will be surrounded by energetic and supportive peers, receive personal and professional guidance, and work with outstanding clinical partners..

The UIC College of Nursing offers two routes to completing the BSN;Traditional BSN;RN-BSN completion;TRADITIONAL BSN;This route is for students who do not hold an RN license.;The traditional BSN is not an accelerated degree program. Courses are completed over the course of four full-time semesters (2 years, no summers). Students are admitted to the traditional BSN program during the fall semester only at either the Chicago or Urbana regional sites. Applicants will specify the regional site of choice during the application process.

Admission into the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program occurs at the junior level* after completion of 57 credit hours of college level prerequisite course work. The curriculum in the traditional BSN program incorporates face-to-face instruction and hands-on practical learning from day one. Upon completion of the traditional BSN program, you will be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses in order to receive the RN license and practice as a nurse generalist.;* Students who hold a bachelors degree (or higher) in another field are also eligible to apply to the traditional BSN program.

RN-BSN COMPLETION;This route is for students who currently hold an RN license.;The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program is for RN licensed students seeking to complete the bachelors degree. The RN-BSN completion program is offered through UICs School of Continuing Studies and is completely online. Students in the RN-BSN online completion program receive the same high-quality education as students in the traditional classroom setting, including information-rich course content, personalized attention, access to educational resources, library services and a network of faculty, staff and other students who take pride in education. Upon successful completion of all course work in the RN-BSN program, you will earn a fully accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.;Applications are accepted at any time during the year with cohorts for the RN-BSN online degree completion program starting in January and August of each year. Full-time and part-time enrollment is available. If enrolled in full-time, back-to-back terms, you can complete the program in approximately 16 months.;For more information regarding the RN-BSN completion program, visit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Degree Program website.

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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
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The College of Nursing offers a program designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and wish to become a Registered Nurses (RN), currently known as the Graduate Entry Program (GEP). Pending University approval (expected January 2014), the College of Nursing (CON) will implement a revised curriculum for both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree programs for Fall 2014. The CONs reconceptualization of graduate nursing education is evidence of our responsiveness to the changing dynamic in health care and our commitment to prepare the most sophisticated and skilled nursing professionals for today and the future. Our academic programs are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursings call to produce advanced nurse clinicians who are able to address the complex care needs of this environment in direct care and specialty practice roles.

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Beginning Fall 2014 and pending final University approval, the College of Nursing (CON) will implement a revised curriculum for both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The CONs reconceptualization of graduate nursing education is evidence of our responsiveness to the changing dynamic in health care and our commitment to preparing the most sophisticated and skilled nursing professionals for today and the future. Our academic programs are consistent with the American Association of Colleges of Nursings call to produce advanced nursing clinicians who are able to address the complex care needs of this environment in direct care and specialty practice roles.

A summary of the proposed changes to the MS degree are as follows: Advanced Generalist Master of Science (AGMS)
  • Will replace the Master of Science curriculum for specialty practice (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Midwife) as an advanced generalist degree (no specialty concentration)
  • 34 credit degree program and 135 clinical hours: 12 months (3 terms, full-time); 2 years (4 terms, part-time)
  • Entry points as a post-BSN (traditional) or Registered Nurse with non-nursing baccalaureate (transitional)
  • AGMS graduates will eligible to sit for Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification with additional clinical hours (405 clinical hours), if desired.
  • Students may also choose to add certificate courses or electives depending on career goals.
  • 31 credit hours (10 of the 11 courses) required to earn the new AGMS will appear in the new DNP curriculum, allowing for a seamless and abbreviated transition into advanced practice specialty studies.

The new AGMS curriculum will be offered in a web-enhanced format. Courses will entail use of the internet and other electronic software Some required courses may not lend themselves to an online format and will require in person attendance.

MS Transtion Program
The MS transition is a route of entry to the MS in nursing for students with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.
  • Transition students are required to take an additional 1 to 4 courses (to be determined upon admission to determine which courses are necessary).
  • All transition courses are delivered online in eight-week modules, delivered through the School of Continuing Studies and taught by UIC College of Nursing faculty.
  • Course credits are applied exactly the same as graduate degree courses.
  • Students are assessed UIC Graduate Student Tuition/Fees.
  • All required transition courses are to be completed during the first Fall/Spring semesters following admission to the College of Nursing and before beginning any coursework in the AGMS degree.
The transition courses are as follows:
  • NURS 210 Health Assessment
  • NURS 242 Concepts & Processes for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • NURS 385 Clinical Concepts & Processes for Population-Focused Nursing
  • NURS 322 Introduction to Nursing Research & Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

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Develop advanced practitioners of nursing into evidenced-based, intra-disciplinary providers who meet the needs of a rapidly expanding healthcare field.
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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
Adult
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed to prepare nurse leaders for the highest level of professional nursing practice beyond the initial preparation in the discipline. Doctoral nursing practice encompasses advanced clinical practice that influences health care outcomes for individuals, families, and populations including the direct care of individual patients, management and care coordination for individuals and populations, administration of nursing and health care organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy. Graduates of DNP programs are prepared for direct care roles (e.g. nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurse midwives) and systems-focused roles (e.g. administrative, public health, and policy roles) or a blend of these roles.

The DNP curriculum at UIC consists of three domains of competencies for advanced practice in direct clinical care or systems: a) core practice competencies, b) specialty-specific practice competencies, and c) role competencies.

Our mission is to develop advanced practitioners of nursing into evidenced-based, intra-disciplinary providers who meet the needs of a rapidly expanding healthcare field.
At completion of the DNP program, you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the specialty competencies needed for doctoral practice in nursing
  • Translate science to influence healthcare policy
  • Implement evidence-based practices to optimize healthcare outcomes and reduce disparities
  • Practice strategic management skills to improve the effectiveness of nursing interventions and health systems outcomes
  • Develop transdisciplinary ventures to create innovative healthcare delivery models
  • Demonstrate fiscal leadership in planning and in management for nursing practice
  • Integrate technology with nursing practice skills to improve quality and accessibility of care

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Learn from and conduct research with nationally and internationally acclaimed leaders.
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Face-to-Face - Graduate Degree
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The UICs College of Nursing is consistently in the top ten nursing colleges most funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Joining the UICs College of Nursing for doctoral work allows you the opportunity to learn from and conduct research with nationally and internationally acclaimed leaders. The CON faculty are on the cutting edge of research in maternal and child health, womens health, life-threatening disease and traumatic injury, management of disease and illness, healthcare services and delivery, end of life transitions, and health disparities.

The doctoral program emphasizes strong mentoring relationships between student scholars and faculty advisors to allow an individualized program of study. Biological, bio-behavioral core laboratory facilities as well as the Office of Research Facilitation provide research support for faculty and student research teams.;There are two routes of entry into the PhD program: Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Masters. The post-baccalaureate curriculum gives students with a Bachelors degree the option of bypassing the Masters degree and moving directly through the program to obtain the PhD degree.;The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is only offered at the Chicago campus. Students are only admitted once a year, prior to the upcoming fall semester

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The Teaching-Learning Certificate program is ideal for master's prepared nurses who are interested in transitioning to an academic teaching position, and for those experienced educators who are preparing for the National League for Nursings (NLN) Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Examination.

The three didactic courses, content in instructional design & delivery, curriculum development & processes, and assessment & evaluation methods and the synthesis practicum are based on the NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators, and meet the graduate education hours requirement for NLN CNE eligibility.

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