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Pre-Nursing Program at Illinois College

Nursing is a profession that offers needed assistance to all of humankind.  It is a longstanding profession that provides holistic health care to everyone, meeting such domains of health care as physical, social, mental, nutritional, spiritual, and environmental needs.  It is a profession that offers numerous rewards to the nurse as well as vital sustenance and survival needs to the health care consumer.

The nursing profession is currently facing a critical shortage throughout the United States. According to the American Nurses Association,  if the current trend of employed nurses  continues, there will be a national shortage of 800,000 nurses in 2020!

Illinois College is pleased to now offer a broad-based undergraduate liberal arts education that is an ideal preparation for a nursing career.

Illinois College is especially pleased to partner with Rush University especially in view of the critical national shortage of nurses.  Indeed, the United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age and the need for health care grows.  According to a recent study released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the shortage of registered nurses (RNs) in the United States could reach as high as 500,000 by 2025!  Data from this study found that the demand for Registered Nurses is expected to grow by 2% to 3% each year.  Thus, an influx of nurses is needed to meet the rising demand for nursing care.

Illinois College offers a cooperative program with Rush University School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.  Through this program, you can receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.  The goal of this program is to prepare students to be leaders in the nursing clinical setting.  Graduates are prepared to function at a high level in inpatient, outpatient and community health care settings.

According to Rush University, “the education and preparation of students to meet the health needs of a culturally diverse society is facilitated at Rush by the unification of academic and clinical practice components.  Rush students have the advantage of attending a private university that is a vital part of a nationally recognized academic medical center.  This unique integration stimulates excellence in education, practice, scholarly activities and professional leadership by the faculty and the graduates of the College of Nursing.” 

To take advantage of the Illinois College-Rush University cooperative program, students must complete a selection of required preparatory courses for nursing study while an undergraduate at Illinois College. Students may select any academic major provided that they complete the prerequisite courses for nursing study. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. 
Required courses include the following: 
::    Human Anatomy & Physiology
::    Microbiology
::    Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (with lab)
::    Nutrition
::    Introduction to Psychology or Sociology
::    Human Growth and Development or Developmental Psychology, or Child Psychology
::    Statistics
Your advisor will assist you in planning a four-year program at Illinois College as well as guide your transition to Rush University.

The first cohort of students in the program entered in Summer 2008.  Students are accepted in the summer and winter of each year.  The program will be six quarters in length with one additional quarter spent in a residency experience.

In addition to acquiring a Master of Science in Nursing degree, students are eligible to sit for Registered Nurse (RN) licensure and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification.

Scholarship funds are available.

For more information, please contact the Office of Admission:

866.464.5624 or 217.245.3030 |
Fax:  217.245.3034

OR contact:

Elaine Chapman, Hitchcock Professor of Biology | 217.245.3179 | 

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