A degree for empathetic leaders who want to provide care focused on the patient.

You're drawn to healing. Maybe you've seen a caring provider help a loved one recover or been helped through a health crisis of your own. With a degree in nursing from NIU, you'll have the skills and knowledge to help heal people, their families and communities. Our program will give you the hands-on experience you need to start making a difference right away.


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What Can I Do With a Nursing Degree?

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.

Careers you could have include:

  • Registered nurse
  • Health educator
  • School nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Case management nurse

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Career Potential for Registered Nurses


Job outlook growth 2020 - 2030


Median wage in 2020


Jobs projected to be added in the next ten years

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Program Overview

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

What degree will I earn?

You'll earn a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

How do I get in?

Freshman and transfer students must first apply to the university and select nursing as your intended major. Once accepted to the university, you will be reviewed for admission to the School of Nursing. Learn more about nursing admissions.

What will it cost?

Tuition for a full-time undergraduate nursing student is $4,983.79 per term. More information about tuition and fees can be found on the bursar's website.

How long will it take to graduate?

You can finish the degree in four years.

NIU Admission Requirements


3.0 or higher?

You're guaranteed general NIU admission.



We think your high school GPA is a better predictor of your success.

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How to Apply

NIU is a supportive, exciting place to start your college career, as well as a flexible and rewarding next step for transfer students. If you'll be a first-year college student, you can apply using our application or by adding us to your Common App list. Transfer students, we have an application process just for you.

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