FAQ for Nursing (RN-B.S.)


How do I apply?

First apply to the university as a transfer student at the Office of Admissions.

RN students will be considered for admission to the School of Nursing once admitted to NIU. 

What are the admission requirements?

To be considered for admission to the RN-B.S. nursing program, you must

  • Be admitted to NIU as a regular degree-seeking student
  • Have graduated from an accredited school of nursing
  • Hold a current Illinois RN license
  • Provide evidence of nursing employment in the past five years (or a refresher course) or graduation from a school of nursing in the past 1 year.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 2.75 GPA
  • Complete a goal and expectation statement
  • No goal statement or letters or recommendation required. 
When is the application deadline?

There is no deadline for RN-B.S. applications; however, the university does have application deadlines:

  • Spring semester: Dec. 1
  • Summer semester: May 15
  • Fall semester: Aug. 1

You are encouraged to apply well before the deadline to ensure admission for the semester you desire.

Coursework and Tuition

Can I take the prerequisite courses at a community college?

Yes, course articulation information is available on the Office of Admissions website.

What nursing courses do I need to take?

Required NIU Nursing Courses (28 semester hours)

  • NURS 347 Concepts of Professional Nursing (4 credits)
  • NURS 304 Health Assessment (1 credit)
  • NURS 307 Health Assessment Lab (1 credit)
  • NURS 308 Alterations in Biological Systems (3 credits)
  • NURS 312 Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice (3 credits)
  • NURS 408 Genetics and Human Genomics for Nurses (1 credit)
  • NURS 419 Population-Focused Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 425 Nursing Informatics (1 credit)
  • NURS 432 Processes for Nursing Leadership (3 credits)
  • NURS 435 Gerontological Nursing (2 credits)
  • NURS 463 Practicum in Leadership and Population-Focused Nursing (3 credits)
  • NURS 488 Nursing, Ethics, and the Law (3 credits)
What courses need to be completed before I can start the nursing courses?

None, you may start taking nursing courses right away.

How many clinicals are there?

There are no "hands on" clinical experiences that involve direct patient care activities. Students complete NURS 463: Practicum in Leadership and Population-Focused Nursing. The practicum emphasis is on leadership and management applied to healthcare organizations and the care of culturally diverse aggregates. 

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