Pre-Nursing

The goal of the baccalaureate nursing program is to prepare nurses to function in a variety of settings: hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, convalescent centers, military installations, and public health institutions, such as health departments and home healthcare agencies. Graduates assess the degree of health or illness of individuals, plan, implement, evaluate, and supervise nursing care. Graduates of this program have collegial and independent relationships with other members of the healthcare team.

The prerequisite course work listed below prepares the student to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in the UIC College of Nursing.

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
BIOS 350General Microbiology a3
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture b,f4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I b,c,f1
CHEM 130Survey of Organic and Biochemistry b5
KN 251Human Physiological Anatomy I a,d5
KN 252Human Physiological Anatomy II d5
NUEL 250Human Development Across the Life Span3
HN 196Nutrition3
Exploring World Cultures course d3
Understanding the Creative Arts course d3
Understanding the Individual and Society course d,e3
Understanding the Past course d3
Understanding U.S. Society course d,e3
One 3-semester-hour, 200-level, upper-division course in the arts and sciences f,g3
LAS Electives (hours may vary)4
Total Hours57
a

BIOS 100 is a prerequisite for this course.

b

 General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122/CHEM 123.

c

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

d

KN 251/KN 252 sequence begins in the fall term only. 

d

Students should consult the General Education section of the cata­log for a list of approved courses in this category. 

e

For the Understanding the Individual and Society requirement, PSCH 100 is recommended; for the Understanding U.S. Society requirement, SOC 100 is recommended. 

f

This requirement may be completed after admission to the BSN program.

g

Students may choose a course from one of these categories: physical sciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, fine arts, performing arts, or humanities. 

Applications to the BSN program are accepted for fall admission only. Students applying to the BSN program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. 2.75/4.00 cumulative transfer grade point average
  2. 2.50/4.00 natural science grade point average
  3. Completion of all pre-nursing course work with a grade of C or higher prior to enrollment. The five natural science courses (human anatomy and physiology I and II, microbiology, general chemistry, organic or biochemistry) must have been completed within seven years of enrollment, and three of the five natural science courses must be completed prior to the application deadline.

In addition, all students will be required to have a background check and drug test upon admission. If the results of either requirement indicate that a student would not be eligible for placement at the college’s practicum agencies, the student’s admission will be rescinded.

Applications are available in September. The final application deadline is January 15. Students should see the program website for information regarding current application requirements nursing.uic.edu.