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Illinois College offers several options for students passionate about a future in nursing. Our innovative programs are guided by expert faculty who will prepare you for a career in the ever-changing field of nursing.

Programs and degrees in nursing

  • 2+2 Nursing Program :: Students spend two years at Illinois College and transition to coursework at St. John’s College of Nursing for years three and four. Graduates of the program will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. John’s and a Bachelor of Arts degree in health sciences from IC. Nursing students in the program will have the benefit of academic innovation from both campuses, with coursework that emphasizes the critical thinking and communication skills needed to be a successful nurse and access to St. John's state-of-the-art simulation center. Plus St. John's has a 100% job placement prior to graduation, above average NCLEX pass rates, local clinical placements and no nights or weekends. While completing coursework in Springfield, students will continue to have the option to live in Jacksonville in IC’s campus housing and participate in extracurricular activities for all four years. 
  • Online RN to BSN Program :: Our fully online RN to BSN program will equip you with the knowledge and skill needed to become a leader in your field. Guided by experienced educators, our interactive curriculum is designed to strengthen your nursing abilities and expand your opportunities. As an online student, you’ll have the flexibility to complete your degree at your own pace.
  • Articulation agreements :: IC has articulation agreements giving preferential admission for qualified applicants with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point to the Generalist Entry Masters programs at both Rush University and St. Louis University. After completion of two years of coursework and clinical rotations the students receive the MSN and are eligible to sit for the nursing licensure exam for the RN. Learn more about articulation agreements here.


Illinois College alumni have found success working as nurses in a variety of settings like hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient settings, physician offices, clinics, insurance companies, schools and more. Our dynamic programs prepare you well for many paths in healthcare. IC alumni are currently working as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical directors and nurse anesthetists.   

Recent Illinois College graduates have been accepted for professional nursing education at Rush University, St. Louis University, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Washington University, SIU-Edwardsville accelerated BSN, Mennonite College of Nursing (Illinois State University), St. Francis College of Nursing and St. John’s College of Nursing, has a 100% job placement prior to graduation, above average NCLEX pass rates, local clinical placements and no nights or weekends.