Preprofessional Requirements for Nursing

The University offers a degree program leading to the bachelor of science in nursing for students with two or more years of selected general education courses and for registered nurses who meet a specific set of requirements. Students transferring to the College of Nursing are encouraged to have completed 57 hours of courses, including an Upper Division course.  The upper division course requirement can be fulfilled after admission into the College of Nursing.

The program is made up of two phases: two preprofessional years at UIUC or at any other accredited college or university and the professional phase which is offered at the Chicago and Urbana sites of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. Students in the BSN program are required to complete 63 semester hours of nursing courses, which may be completed in 4 semesters (two academic years). There is also an option for students who are RN’s to complete their BSN online in as little as 16 months.  More information about this online option can be found at

Admission to the professional phase is on recommendation of the Admissions Committee of the College of Nursing after completion of the following requirements with a cumulative gpa of 2.75 (A=4.0) and a gpa of 2.5 for the 5 required science courses.  A minimum grade of C is required in all prerequisite courses.

For additional information about the programs in nursing, write to the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing-Urbana Regional Program, 408 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801, or email to

Web address for most current program requirements:

Prerequisite General Education Requirements

RHET 105Writing and Research (or equivalent coursework, ACT/AP credit is NOT sufficient)4
MCB 244
MCB 245
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anat & Physiol Lab I
MCB 246
MCB 247
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
and Human Anat & Physiol Lab II
MCB 100Introductory Microbiology3
CHEM 102
CHEM 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 104
CHEM 105
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Lab II (equivalent courses at other institutions may not suffice, check with the College of Nursing)
FSHN 120Contemporary Nutrition3
HDFS 105Intro to Human Development3
STAT 100Statistics3
General Education Courses:
Understanding the Individual and Society
Understanding US Society
Understanding Creative Arts
Understanding the Past
Understanding World Cultures
Upper division course in social science, humanities, or natural sciences at a 4 year institution (may be completed after admission to the College of Nursing)

Transfer guides for most community colleges are available from the College of Nursing or online at

Students may obtain a guide to UIUC courses that meet Nursing GEN ED’s from the College of Nursing.