"The professors are knowledgeable and act as true mentors which creates a constructive atmosphere to learn in....I am proud to be a WIU BSN graduate." -- Ashley Howard, RN
"I would recommend WIU nursing to anyone who is interested in a professional and stimulating nursing education." -- Debra Hoefs, RN
The School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree for pre-licensure nursing students as well as those who are licensed to practice nursing (RN). Our student-centered approach promotes highly active learning and skill acquisition. We provide programs of the highest quality, using innovative teaching/learning modalities.
The professional nurse is a health care provider who is skilled in the care and nurturing of individuals, families and groups of people. Students in the pre-licensure program receive over 750 hours of clinical practice with faculty supervision. Clinical experiences take place in a variety of health care organizations including community health, acute care hospitals, and home health agencies. Following graduation the pre-licensure graduate will take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become a registered nurse.
Registered Nurse students have clinical projects in Community health as well as nursing management. All graduates are prepared for graduate education in nursing.
Nursing offers many possible career paths which fit many possible areas of professional interests, and include but are not limited to:
- Flight Nurse
- Forensic Nurse
- Military Nurse
- Travel Nurse
- Emergency Room (ER) Nurse
- Hospice Nurse
- Intensive Care (ICU) Nurse
- Long-Term Care Nurse
- Managed Care Nurse
- Operating Room (OR) Nurse
- Perinatal Nurse
- Psychiatric Nurse
- Public Health Nurse
- Wound Care Specialist
...plus many, many more!
Why Choose Nursing at WIU?
Our present and future focus is to prepare nurses as excellent health care leaders for the State of Illinois, particularly for rural healthcare settings.
The faculty are dedicated to teaching, research, and practice to ensure that every graduate is well prepared to pursue his/her individual career goals.
Our vision is to increase and advance the nursing workforce. Supported by a faculty and administration that is devoted to academic excellence and supporting learning environments, our nursing program helps professionals prepare for and meet the challenges awaiting them in their career.
Our nursing resource center includes computer simulators with the latest in programming to allow students to practice new skills before entering the actual health care environment.
The nursing program is accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. Following an exhaustive review process to ensure we meet the highest standards for nursing education, our program is well structured and supported to ensure you receive an outstanding education and become an excellent nurse.
Some of Our Alumni
- Victoria Powers