Health Professions: Nursing
The Career Center's Guide to Nursing
Looking for pre-requisite courses? Tips for getting hands-on clinical experience? Nursing school application prep and timeline suggestions? Look no further! Our Nursing Preparation Guide has all this and more.
Pathways to Nursing
- Traditional BSN- A traditional education in nursing requires four years of education. The first two years comprise of pre-requisite courses, followed by the nursing curriculum and clinical placement the last two years. Illinois students may complete the nursing pre-requisites through UIUC and then apply to transfer to a traditional BSN program, such as UIC.
- Accelerated BSN- Some students may decide nursing as a career later in their undergraduate education. An accelerated BSN (ABSN) is a good option for these students. This allows them to earn their bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, complete the pre-requisite courses for a nursing program and then apply for a second degree in nursing. Accelerated BSN programs on average are 15 months, where students complete their nursing curriculum and clinicals.
- Direct Entry MSN- Another option for students to pursue is a Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing. The MSN is designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree is a field other than nursing. Students will still need to complete pre-requisite courses to be admitted, but they might vary from traditional BSN and accelerated BSN programs. Students who earn their MSN through a direct entry program, will still complete the necessary nursing curriculum and clinicals required for the NCLEX.
Recommended Services for Pre-Nursing Students
- Health Professions Advising
- Health Professions Drop-ins
- Personal Statement Review
- Mock Interviews