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BSN Nursing

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

28502 USD
12033 USD

Application fee

International 50 USD
National 50 USD
College of Nursing
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

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 nation’s leading colleges of nursing, the UIC College of Nursing offers an excellent education with some of the nation’s 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, Springfield or Urbanaregional 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 bachelor’s 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 bachelor’s degree. The RN-BSN completion program is offered through UIC’s 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.

Please note: The University of Illinois is not authorized to offer online distance education programs to students residing in the State of Maryland. As of December 15, 2014, no new Maryland residents will be allowed to enroll in online programs.


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Eligibility Criteria

Admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program occurs during the fall semester only.

Admission into the BSN program is competitive.  For full consideration, the following minimum admission criteria must be met*:

  • 2.75/4.00 cumulative transfer GPA
  • 2.50/4.00 natural science GPA
  • Completion of three of the five prerequisite science courses (by the application deadline: January 15th)

Prerequisite Courses
Prerequisite courses can be completed at any accredited college or university (including community colleges). 

The UIC’s Office of Admissions offers individual pre-admission counseling appointments to transfer students who may have questions regarding the application and transferability of courses. Please call 312.996.4350 to schedule an individual appointment with an Admissions Counselor.


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Course Modules

Degree requirements
Traditional BSN
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program consists of a minimum of two years of intensive study in a set curriculum. Course work is a blend of didactic and clinical experiences. Below is a sample full-time traditional BSN schedule. The sequence of 300-level clinical courses will vary depending on the degree plan you develop with a College of Nursing advisor.

Fall Semester I

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

  • NURS 202 Concepts and Processes of Professional Nursing 3
  • NURS 210 Health Assessment 3
  • NURS 225 Introduction to Clinical Concepts and Processes 6
  • NURS 215 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology I 4

Total 16

Spring Semester II

  • NURS 335 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Adult Health 6
  • NURS 345 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Women's and Family Health 5
  • NURS 217 Pathophysiology and Applied Pharmacology II 3
  • NURS 375 Concepts and Processes in Older Adult Health 3

Total 17

Fall Semester III

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

  • NURS 355 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Children's and Family Health 5
  • NURS 365 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Mental Health 5 
  • NURS 322 Introduction to Nursing Research and Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice 4

Total 14

Spring Semester IV

Course # Course Name Semester Hours

  • NURS 385 Clinical Concepts and Processes in Population-Focused Nursing 5
  • NURS 390 Nursing Leadership and Management in Healthcare 6
  • NURS 397 Issues in Nursing Practice 3
  • Nursing Elective Minimum requirement of two hours of electives chosen from 300 or 400 level nursing courses and selected with an advisor 2

Total 16
Grand total 6

RN-BSN Completion
The curriculum of the 30-credit hour RN to BSN online degree completion program consists of the courses listed below, which are to be taken in the order as shown. While this is the preferred order to complete the courses, UIC understands that life events and other circumstances may interrupt your education. You will be assigned an advisor who will assist you throughout your enrollment and with any schedule changes as you complete the program.

Please note that your UIC transcript will show a total of 63 credit hours earned through the University of Illinois at Chicago as you will receive 33 hours of proficiency credit in recognition for having a current RN license in addition to the 30 hours of nursing coursework.

Completion Schedule
The typical course load is one course per eight-week term. Each course is eight weeks in length except for one four-week summer course. You can complete your RN to BSN degree in 16 months if you choose to take courses in back-to-back terms.



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How to Apply

RN-BSN Completion

The RN-BSN Completion program has cohorts beginning in January and August each year. For information on how to apply, visit the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Online Degree Program website.

Traditional BSN-

The traditional BSN admits for the fall semester only. Prospective transfer students are encouraged to complete the application process early. All application materials, including all required credentials and supplemental materials, must be submitted and post-marked by deadline for full consideration. 

The application process varies slightly for students applying as UIC Inter-College Transfers and those who are applying as Transfers (all non-UIC students) from other institutions. With the exception of official transcripts, the application process is entirely electronic. Please follow the appropriate application instructions for your transfer type.

1. Application:
UIC Inter-College Transfers: Request the Internal BSN Application. You will need your UIC net-ID and password. Within 3-5 business days, an email will be sent to your UIC email with a link to the BSN Supplemental Application.

Transfers (all non-UIC Students): Due to the supplemental application materials required of all Nursing applicants, we highly recommend the use of the UIC Web Application system. While applicants are welcome to utilize the Common Application, the special needs of our process are better met with the use of the UIC Web Application.

2. Application Fee:
A non-refundable $50.00 application fee is required of all non-UIC, UIUC, or UIS applicants. Application fees or fee waiver requests will be submitted upon completion of the UIC Web Application.

3. Essay Questions:
The College of Nursing essay questions are required of both UIC Inter-College Transfers and Transfers. It is best recommended that you draft your responses to the essay questions before beginning your application. Your responses should reflect clear thought and show good use of grammar and punctuation. Once submitted, you will not be allowed to edit your responses.

What is your understanding of the role of the professional nurse and why have you chosen to pursue nursing as a career? (max. 250 words)
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.  Our vision is to be a preeminent leader in advancing global health and nursing.  Please comment on how you can contribute to the UIC mission and vision as a student and alumni.(max. 250 words)
What does it mean to have a commitment to diversity?  How would you develop and apply your commitment to diversity at UIC? (max. 250 words)
Describe a stressful or challenging situation you have experienced and how you dealt with it. Looking back, would you do anything differently?   Please explain. (max. 250 words)
Many nursing students find being a full-time nursing student demanding and rigorous.  How will you balance your family, work, and other commitments with full-time nursing study? (max. 250 words)

4. Resumé:
A resumé is required of both UIC Inter-College Transfers and Transfers. Your resumé should reflect the following information, if relevant:

  • Previously earned degrees
  • Employment history
  • Volunteer or public service activities (numbered list with name of organization/activity, responsibilities, and dates of service)
  • Previous nursing courses
  • Computer skills

Proficiency in any language other than English. Please indicate proficiency level as weak, good, excellent, fluent or native. 
UIC Inter-College Transfers: Upload to the Internal BSN Application.

Transfers (all non-UIC Students): Within 3-5 business days of completing the UIC Web Application, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing you to begin uploading required documents. You will be able to upload a PDF formatted resumé to your UIC Web Application upon receipt of this message.

5. Prerequisite Self-Evaluation:
Prerequisite Self-Evaluations are required of both UIC Inter-College Transfers and Transfers. The Prerequisite Self-Evaluation will indicate to the College of Nursing which of the prerequisite courses have been completed and are yet to be completed.

UIC Inter-College Transfers: Complete the prerequisite self-evaluation table (question #9) embedded within the BSN Supplemental Application.

Transfers (all non-UIC Students): Download the BSN Prerequisite Self-Evaluation Form. Please be prepared to upload a completed PDF formatted form upon request (see resumé instructions above).

6. Recommendations:
Two electronic PDF letters of recommendation are required of both UIC Inter-College Transfers and Transfers. At least one recommendation should come from someone who can speak to your scholastic ability. The second recommendation can come from a professional or academic reference. Personal references from friends, relatives or co-workers will automatically be disregarded.

It is your responsibility to verify submission of all electronic recommendations by the application deadline. Hard copies are not accepted and can only be submitted by the recommender via the method described below. Applications without two recommendations are considered incomplete.

UIC Inter-College Transfers: Enter the contact information for your recommender in the BSN Supplemental Application. A request for a recommendation will be sent to your reference via email AFTER YOU HIT SAVE in your completed BSN Supplemental Application.

Transfers (all non-UIC Students): You will be able to enter the contact information for your recommenders in the UIC Web Application AFTER you receive the email notification from the Office of Admissions requesting for you to begin uploading documents (see resumé instructions above).

7. Official Transcripts:
UIC Inter-College Transfers: No official transcripts are required during the application review process. However, official transcripts may be required after admission if courses are taken at an institution other than UIC post-admission. An Academic History upload is required for the application, in pdf format.

Transfers (all non-UIC Students): Official transcripts are required from every college/university attended since high school. Official transcripts must be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the following address by the application deadline. Transcripts received after deadline will result in your application being considered incomplete.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, MC 018
University of Illinois at Chicago
Suite 1100 Student Services Building
1200 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161

Non-residential fees- 15971

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