Launch your nursing career at UIS.

Your pathway to a bachelor of science in nursing begins with UIS Pre-Nursing. Your first two years of general education and nursing prerequisite courses are provided by highly-skilled UIS faculty, with a seamless transition to UIC Nursing Springfield, also on the UIS campus, for years three and four.

UIS was ranked the No. 1 public regional in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report each year since 2020.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UIS the No. 1 regional public university in Illinois each year since 2020 and No. 6 in the Midwest. These prestigious rankings reflects the strength of the student body as well as a high-quality, teaching-focused academic experience. Class sizes are small and students benefit from the personal interaction with professors, setting you up for success in a high-level professional nursing program.

Start your BSN journey

The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program can be completed in four years of full-time study and involves two phases: two years of UIS Pre-Nursing and general education courses and two years of UIC Nursing Springfield professional nursing courses (sample schedule). Students remain in Springfield on the UIS campus for all four years of coursework and get hands-on experience with Memorial Health, a regional healthcare system and major employer of nurses in central Illinois.

Pre-nursing coursework

Our advisors will assist you with planning your schedule to set you up for success in the nursing program. Don't hesitate to reach out to discuss any questions about required courses or about transfer credit you would bring to UIS or UIC Nursing Springfield.

Course Requirement Courses must articulate to UIC and not UIS or UIUCUIS Course EquivalentCredit Hours
English Composition or equivalentENGL 1013
ENGL 1023
Natural Sciences
Anatomy and Physiology I (includes lab)BIO 2014
Anatomy and Physiology II (includes lab)BIO 2024
 Microbiology (lab NOT required)BIO 2313
 General Chemistry (includes lab)CHE 1244
NutritionMLS 2253
Human Growth & Development (Lifespan)PSY 221 (PSY 201 pre-req)4
Introduction to StatisticsMAT 1213
General Education Electives
Individual and SocietyPSY 101 (strongly recommended)3
US SocietySOA 101 (strongly recommended)3
 Creative Arts
Understanding the Past
World Cultures
Upper Division Course: 200+ level humanities, social science, other science course
Other Electives – to total 57 credits
Note: Prerequisite courses are subject to change. Utilize Transferology to determine the course equivalent at your institution.

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