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Illinois College grad heads to Rush University College of Nursing


This January, Andrea Kestner will be the first Illinois College graduate to attend Chicago’s Rush University College of Nursing as part of a partnership between the two schools.

Illinois College President Barbara Farley, members of the board of trustees, faculty, staff, students and representatives from Rush gathered on campus Thursday, October 17, to congratulate and wish Kestner well as she paves the way for future IC students.

“I am extremely eager to attend Rush in January,” says Kestner, a May 2013 graduate. “Professor Linda Cockerill told me about the GEM (generalist entry master’s) program at Rush, and it didn't take long for me to realize that this was an opportunity that I could not pass up.”

Through the affiliation with Rush University, a graduating Illinois College student, with the appropriate courses taken, has the opportunity to continue their education at Rush to receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The two-year master’s program includes a Registered Nurse license and a Clinical Nurse Leader national certification, as well.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Chicago’s Rush University School of Nursing 15th in the nation among U.S. nursing colleges that offer graduate programs. When the school dropped their undergraduate program a few years ago, they started affiliating themselves with colleges like Illinois College.

“Our affiliates are handpicked, small, private liberal arts colleges,” Molly Spurlock, admissions specialist at Rush University, says. “We feel that a strong liberal arts education produces the types of students we want in our program.”

For more information, contact Linda Cockerill, pre-nursing program advisor, at 217-245-3448 or at
About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Visit or call 217-245-3467 for more information.

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