UIS Pre-Nursing

Years One and Two

All Pre-nursing coursework and general education courses required prior to starting the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program are completed through UIS. UIS has been ranked among the top ten regional public universities for seven years straight by U.S. News & World Report, America’s Best Colleges. The prestigious ranking 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.

The UIS OASIS office offers individual pre-nursing counseling appointments for students who have questions regarding the application process and transferability of courses. Please contact Lori Benedict at lbene2@uis.edu or 217-206-8501 to schedule an appointment. Courses not filled in have more than one option, please see advisor for assistance.

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 1414
NutritionCLS 2253
Human Growth & Development (Lifespan)PSY 321 (PSY 201 pre-req)4
Introduction to StatisticsMAT 1213
General Education Electives
Individual and SocietyPSY 201 (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.

Pre-Nursing Admissions Process (First Phase - Years 1 & 2)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program on the Springfield Campus can be completed in four years of full-time study and involves two phases: two years of pre-nursing and general education courses (through UIS) and two years of professional nursing courses (through UIC Nursing Springfield). Prospective students needing to complete the pre-nursing courses are strongly encouraged to do so at and apply to UIS. First-year applicants with a high school GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 can also apply for direct admission to the BSN Program through the UIS/UIC Nursing GPPA Program.

  • Apply to UIS as a Nursing (Pre-Nursing) Major to complete Pre-Nursing courses prior to starting the BSN Program.
  • Option for Direct Admission to UIC Nursing Springfield BSN Program through UIS-UIC Nursing GPPA Program:
    • First-Year UIS Nursing Applicants with at least a 3.0/4.0 High School GPA will find the GPPA Nursing Application on your UIS Application Status page upon admission to UIS
    • Complete GPPA Application Questions and submit two letters of recommendation
    • GPPA Applicants will be invited for an informal interview with UIC Nursing Springfield Advisors upon submission of the GPPA application.
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