Getting into Nursing school in chicago

  1. Hello, due to the nursing shortage it seems to me that everyone want to pursue a nursing degree. This makes the program even more competitive. In line with this, I do have some questions about how hard is it to get into a nursing school particularly here in Illinois. The schools I plan to apply to are Loyola Univ, Rush university, UIC and NIU.

    My questions are as follows:
    1) How hard is it to get into the nursing program of the schools I had specified?
    2) Is there a waiting list? How long?
    3) Would it be an advantage if I already have a bachelors degree, but from another field? (Computer related)
    4) I intend to apply for spring of 2005. How early should I submit application? Right now, I am still taking pre-reqs. Should I wait when they are done?
    5) I took my bachelors from a foreign country, is there an easier way to have my transcripts sent to the schools I want to apply to?

    Thanks everyone and I cant wait for your responses.
    Last edit by chiliwings on Apr 29, '04
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  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   Hooligan
    I really wish I could help you out a little more...but try calling each school and speaking with someone in the nursing department or maybe an academic advisor. I used to work at UIC and knew a couple girls in their nursing program...it's a very challenging program (but what nursing program isn't?) and from what I understand, it's a good one. The nice thing about some of your choices is that they are medical schools as well so they have their own hospitals.

    If those schools do have a long waiting period you could look into a community college and get your ADN and perhaps bridge over to get your MSN. I know Rush has a Master's bridge program for RN's with non-nursing Bachelor degrees. This is the option I chose. I figured it was the cheapest and quickest way to get my RN and since I do plan to continue on and get my Master's degree I could feasibly skip the whole BSN route. I honestly didn't see any point in getting a second Bachelor's degree.

    I've very tired right now...so I hope all this makes sense! :chuckle

    ~Bean
  4. by   kahumai
    May someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but I **heard** that Loyola was temporarily placed on probation for their NCLEX scores or something like that. I have no idea when this was or if it's still current, but you never know. You may want to check into that before appying to make sure you're not going to have any problems down the road.
  5. by   rn undisclosed name
    I am going the ADN route so I don't know how much help I might be. But, I have heard that St. Xavier which is on the south side has a good program and people get in right away. Now this was a couple years ago so I don't know if it's still true.

    But of the schools you mentioned, my CC has a program with University of Chicago and it sounds like a diploma type thing where you work and they teach you and you're eligible to sit for your boards.

    I had some info on Rush awhile back and they wanted you to have everything done before applying there and i got the feeling that it was very competitive (more so than other schools) when I talked to their reps who were at my school. But why don't you call around and ask all those schools to send you something on their nursing program. You could probably even request it off their website.

    Good luck.
  6. by   johnnrachel
    Hi, I am just finishing my first semester at Moraine Valley Community college. Our program is taught by the same teachers at UIC, our curriculum is the same and the teachers just commute back and forth to each facility. It is a VERY good program, I dont know how hard UIC is to get into but Moraine is very, very hard. I have not heard anything good about St Xavier, our instructors say it is very important to get into a good school because ultimately you still need to pass the boards after nursing school. If you have any questions just let me know I will be happy to help. Good Luck
  7. by   rn undisclosed name
    Quote from johnnrachel
    Hi, I am just finishing my first semester at Moraine Valley Community college. Our program is taught by the same teachers at UIC, our curriculum is the same and the teachers just commute back and forth to each facility. It is a VERY good program, I dont know how hard UIC is to get into but Moraine is very, very hard. I have not heard anything good about St Xavier, our instructors say it is very important to get into a good school because ultimately you still need to pass the boards after nursing school. If you have any questions just let me know I will be happy to help. Good Luck
    That is interesting about SXU. My CNA instructor and a couple of students had said it was a good program but not as good as Moraine. I never really looked into it. I am also going to Moraine and will be starting the nursing program this fall. Any special words of wisdom for me? I am so excited yet nervous all at the same time.
  8. by   alk3rainbow
    Yea there are a bunch of private schools like st. xavier or Lewis University or St. Francis...course most of them cost well over $20k a year. I'm doing the junior college route, I moved all the way out to southern Illinois to go to SIU and major in respiratory therapy till I changed my mind and picked nursing instead. I should have just stayed home and went to joliet junior college. Although the wait is sometimes forever to get into some of the junior colleges around Chicago. Well good luck with whatever you choose...contact the schools you mentioned and talk to the head of the nursing departments.
  9. by   moonbunnie
    I am going to NIU for nursing starting this fall, and i can tell you a little about them...they have 10 prereqs, and you can look on the web page for all the info you need...they require 5 out of 10 completed when you apply, so you dont have to wait until you finish all of them. they do have deadlines for applying, so again, check the website. and i dont believe that they have a waiting list. Im not sure exactly how competitive it is, but i got in and my gpa is 3.7, and i have a friend who applied with around a 3.0 and did not get in. hope that helps, i dont really have any info on the other schools, but they probably all have info on their web sites
  10. by   chiliwings
    Hi! Did you have a previous Bachelor's Degree? I am just a bit worried because my grades are not that high. I mean they are ok. But it's not a 3.7. My bachelors degree before was a BS in Management Information Systems. Was your 3.7 GPA for your previous bachelors over all or was it just the pre-reqs? So far, my pre-reqs are A's. But my over all from my previous GPA is just a B average. I am worried that I might not be able to get in because of this. Let me know! Thanks!



    Quote from moonbunnie
    I am going to NIU for nursing starting this fall, and i can tell you a little about them...they have 10 prereqs, and you can look on the web page for all the info you need...they require 5 out of 10 completed when you apply, so you dont have to wait until you finish all of them. they do have deadlines for applying, so again, check the website. and i dont believe that they have a waiting list. Im not sure exactly how competitive it is, but i got in and my gpa is 3.7, and i have a friend who applied with around a 3.0 and did not get in. hope that helps, i dont really have any info on the other schools, but they probably all have info on their web sites
  11. by   moonbunnie
    no, i did not have a previous bachelors, those were just my prereqs/associates degree classes. but at niu you are evaluated based on 1. gpa in the 10 prereqs (or however many you have complete when you apply) 2. overall gpa and 3. they want a reading comprehension score, either ACT or you can take a really simple test at the school.
    so i would say if your overall gpa from your previous degree is ok, and then you do really well in the prereqs, you should have a good chance of getting in.
    Last edit by moonbunnie on Apr 30, '04 : Reason: clarification
  12. by   chiliwings
    Hi! How early did you apply to NIU or to any other school? I just started with my pre-reqs this spring and from the looks of it, I will be not done until March 2005. Should I wait for them before I start applying?

    Thanks! And congratulations for getting in. I hope I can get in too by next school year.

    Oh one ore thing, in NIU do transfer students start in fall or spring?

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