University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) | 92% NCLEX Pass Rates

With more than 1,300 nursing students graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago's BSN, MSN, graduate entry MSN, DNP, PhD, and certificate programs, we feel confident with our ability to offer spectacular educational options.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has 6 campus locations offering in-classroom and clinical opportunities.

  1. Chicago
  2. Peoria
  3. Quad Cities
  4. Rockford
  5. Springfield
  6. Urbana

Degree Programs Offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

Bachelor of Science (BSN) - Traditional

This traditional route is for undergraduate students seeking licensure as Registered Nurses (RN) and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. This program features face-to-face instruction and hands-on practical learning from the start. After graduation, the student is eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses, and become licensed as an RN in their individual state.


The BSN program admission starts after completion of 57 credit hours during the junior year. The traditional BSN program is only offered for enrollment during the fall semester. The program is completed over four full-time semesters (2 years, no summers).

Transitional (RN-BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion program is for RNs who are seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing.  This is an online program offered through UIC’s School of Continuing Studies.

Graduate Entry Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

The Graduate Entry Master of Science in Nursing program (Graduate Entry MS) is designed for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in a field other than nursing and who desire to become a Registered Nurse (RN).  The program is 7 semesters long.  Students complete pre-licensure and Advanced Generalist MS courses together.  Students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam after receiving the MS degree. This program is full-time at the Chicago or Urbana campus.

Master of Science (MS)

The College of Nursing (CON) offers a curriculum for both the Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Advanced Generalist Master of Science (AGMS)

This is a unique program for the University of Illinois at Chicago. It has replaced the Master of Science curriculum for specialty practice for the Nurse Practitioner (NP), Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and the Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), with an advanced generalist degree (no specialty concentration).

The program consists of 34 credits and 135 clinical hours; 12 months (3 terms, full-time) and 2 years (4 terms, part-time).

Those who graduate with an AGMS degree are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification with additional clinical hours (405 clinical hours), if desired.

Additional Options

Students may choose to add certificate courses or electives depending on career goals.

Master of Science (MS) Transition Program

The MS transition is a route of entry to the MS in nursing for students with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing.

Transition students are required to take an additional 1 to 4 courses (to be determined upon admission).

All transition courses are delivered online in eight-week modules through the School of Continuing Studies and are taught by UIC College of Nursing faculty.

All required transition courses are to be completed during the first Fall/Spring semesters following admission to the College of Nursing and before beginning any coursework in the AGMS degree.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Compliant with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties Competencies for Nurse Practitioners and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Consensus Model, the University of Illinois at Chicago offers a DNP option for nurses.  

Upon completion of the NP programs, graduates are eligible to obtain APRN Board Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (FNP or PMHNP) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FNP).

DNP Specialty Areas

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-PCNP)
  • Advanced Population Health Nursing
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Health Systems Leadership and Informatics
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)
  • Nurse-Midwifery (CNM)
  • Nurse-Midwifery / Women's Health Nurse Practitioner (CNM/WHNP)
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Acute Care Program
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care Program
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral work through the University of Illinois at Chicago’s PhD program offers students the ability to conduct research with nationally and internationally acclaimed leaders.

Entry Requirements - Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master’s

The post-baccalaureate curriculum gives students with a Bachelor’s degree the option to forfeit a Master’s degree and go straight to a PhD, which in turn saves money and time.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is only offered at the Chicago campus. Students are only admitted once a year, before the fall semester.

Certificate Programs

  • School Nurse
  • Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Women's Health Concentration


The University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing programs for Master’s and Baccalaureate degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through December 31, 2019.

Beyond that, The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is accredited through December 31, 2024.  

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Nurse-Midwifery program is also accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) through January, 2022.      

Awards, Accolades, Memberships

The U.S. News and World Report ranked The University of Illinois at Chicago in the top ten best online bachelor’s degrees list. UIC’s College of Nursing is consistently in the top ten nursing colleges most funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The University of Illinois at Chicago was the first college of nursing announced as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in the United States.

The College of Nursing has a membership in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

With a variety of degree choices to enhance your education, the University of Illinois at Chicago offers innovative and unique opportunities to earn a degree in Nursing.  We welcome you to UIC!

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  1. Anonymous
    May 3, '17, 6:31 pm by
    Overall: 4.7 Avg Rating
    Recommend: 5 stars
    Experience: 5 stars
    Staff: 5 stars
    Academics: 5 stars
    Costs: 3 stars
    Support: 5 stars

    Program: RN-to-BSN
    Classes: Online
    Graduation: 2017
    Focus: Operating Room

    My Experience

    UIC's RN-BSN is easily within reach for nurses working full-time. Classes are asynchronous and there is no clinical component!

    About The Staff

    Very responsive and knowledgeable staff. Admission process was a snap!

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