Nursing at NIU
Bachelor of Science

Make the world a little brighter, one patient at a time.

You're drawn to healing. Maybe you've seen a provider help a loved one recover or been helped through a health crisis of your own. A nursing degree from NIU will give you the skills and knowledge to help heal people and communities. You'll get the hands-on experience you need to make a difference right away.

I chose nursing because my mom is a registered nurse and I love the idea of incorporating my natural interest in health sciences to help those in need.

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What Can I Do With a Nursing Degree From NIU?

Our program prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN, the licensing exam to become a registered nurse. You can pursue a variety of clinical and nonclinical roles in many settings.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Basic life support
  • Certified first responder
  • Health administration
  • Inpatient care
  • Patient safety

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Health care
  • Insurance
  • Life sciences
  • Nonprofit

Career Potential for NIU Nursing Majors

Average mid-career salary:


Top employers include:

  • Avocate Health Care
  • Edward Hospital 
  • Northwestern Medicine
  • Northshore University Health System
  • Rush University Medical Center

Job titles include:

  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Emergency room nurse
  • Intensive care unit nurse
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Patient care technician

Source: Steppingblocks, 2023

What to Expect as a Nursing Major at NIU

Our program focuses on nursing topics and concepts in the physical and social sciences. You can apply what you learn in our innovative laboratories. We also have partnerships with several regional health care organizations, giving you access to a range of clinical experiences.

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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First-year Students

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3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


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Transfer Students


2.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed a
renewable merit scholarship

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