Program Descriptions

Admission Requirements

You must hold a current Illinois RN license. You also must have either:

  • Practiced as a Registered Nurse within the past five years or, if you have not practiced within the past 5 years, you must have satisfactorily completed an approved refresher course
  • Passed a certified proficiency exam if you graduated more than five years ago and have not practiced within the last two years

Apply to NIU at or contact Undergraduate Admissions at, (800) 892-3050.

  • Submit your application, a copy of your current Illinois RN license and provide official transcripts. You must have a minimum cumulative 2.50 NIU-equivalent GPA
  • Complete a Goal and Expectancy statement, available from Nursing advisor Brigit Amburgey at (815) 753-6556
  • Submit two letters of recommendation on an approved form available from the advisor: one from a previous higher education instructor and one from a current or previous nursing supervisor
  • Meet with your advisor to review your previous course work, discuss appropriate courses to meet your goals and help you plan the details of completing your degree

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