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RN to BSN Degree Completion Program

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Admission Requirement(s):

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all prior colleges and universities attended, including prior attendance at any campus of the University of Illinois
Records are considered official if they meet one of the following criteria:
  • The issuing institution sends them directly to UIC Online, SCS, 1333 S. Halsted, M/C 165, Chicago, IL 60607.
  • They are certified as true copies by an official of the educational institution, an embassy official, or an appropriate government official.
  • They have been received in an envelope sealed by the issuing institution.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion program for RNs requires an overall transferrable GPA of 2.75 as well as a natural science transferrable GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students must also have a current RN license (issued in the U.S.) prior to enrolling in the program. This program is a bachelor's degree completion program. Students must complete the following Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements (57 transferable credit hours) prior to enrollment in the BSN degree completion program:

  • English Composition I & II- 6 hours
  • General Chemistry- 4-5 hours
  • Organic/Biochemistry- 4-5 hours
  • Human Anatomy- 4 hours
  • Human Physiology- 4 hours
  • Microbiology- 4 hours
  • Nutrition- 3 hours
  • Life Span Human Growth and Development- 3 hours
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives- 9-11 hours, depending on your prior college coursework
If all five science prerequisites are 7 years or older, then one science refresher course must be completed prior to enrolling in the BSN degree completion program. If at least one of the seven science prerequisites was completed fewer than 7 years ago, then no science refresher course is needed. The following general education requirements must be completed in addition to the prerequisites listed above:
  • Understanding the Individual & Society- 3 hours
    • Introduction to Psychology is recommended, but other possible subject areas include: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, Government, and Western Civilization.
  • Understanding the Past- 3 hours
    • Courses in this subject area: African-American History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Eastern/Western/European/World/U.S. History, Shakespeare, Native American Studies, and Theatre.
  • Understanding the Creative Arts- 3 hours
    • African-American Literature, Art History, American/British/French Literature, Poetry, Drama, Fiction, Shakespeare, Germanic Cultures and Literature, Italian Cinema, Music, Polish/Russian/Spanish Literature in Translation, and Theatre.
  • Exploring World Cultures- 3 hours
    • Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, World Regional Geography, Cultural Geography, World History, East Asian Civilization, African Civilization, Latin American History, Middle Eastern Civilization, Native American Studies, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.
  • Understanding U.S. Society- 3 hours
    • Introduction to Sociology is recommended, but other possible subject areas include: African-American History, African-American Literature, Criminal Justice, Economics, Native American Literature, Asian American Literature, U.S. Geography, U.S. History, Native American Studies, and American Government.
In addition, you must complete an upper division science or social science or humanities course prior to finishing the BSN degree completion program. This course is not required for admission to the program as it can be taken while you are enrolled at The University of Illinois at Chicago. However, if it is taken prior to enrollment, the credit hours will count toward the 57 liberal arts and sciences credit hour requirement. The upper division course is a 3-credit-hour 200/300/400 level course that must be completed at a four year college/university. Most students who apply to our BSN degree completion program have already satisfied some or all of the needed prerequisites as part of their Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) or other college-level coursework they've taken. On average, most of our students only need to take four to six courses beyond their ADN and/or RN licensure in order to complete the prerequisites and enroll in the first course of our program. We offer provisional admission to qualified students that guarantees them a spot in a future cohort once the prerequisites and any other admission requirements are satisfied. The University of Illinois at Chicago is partnering with Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois, to offer the above prerequisites online for students interested in working toward the BSN degree completion program for RNs (with the exception of the upper division course in Science, Social Science or Humanities). You may also complete these prerequisites at your local community college.

International Students:

We consider an international student to be any student who does not have American citizenship or permanent residency status. In addition to the materials requested above and TOEFL scores, International applicants must also submit:

  • International applicants to the BSN Completion Program for RNs must submit a Full Education Course-by-Course Report Evaluation of Foreign Credentials from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS), 3600 Market St., Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2651, (215) 222-8454, www.cgfns.org or e-mail at info@cgfns.org.

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), for applicants from non-English speaking countries. The minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper version and 213 for the computer version or a minimum total score of 80, with subscores of Writing (21), Speaking (20), Listening (17), and Reading (19) for the new TOEFL exam. The TOEFL examination is not required for students who have completed at least two academic years of full-time study in a country where English is the native language and in a school where English is the language of instruction within five years of the proposed date of enrollment in the University. In addition, the TOEFL examination is not required of non-native English speakers who have a minimum of one year full-time employment in the U.S. or other country where the only official language of the country is English. Applicants must submit a letter from their employer verifying at least 12 consecutive months of employment and describing their English language skills.


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