Admission Requirements

1. BSN* including required course content listed below, with a grade of “C” or better in the required course content and an overall GPA of 2.75/4.00 in the last 60 hours of the BSN

Required course content:

  • Public Health Nursing (Public Health Nursing Theory, Practice or Community)
  • Human Growth and Development (Human Development or Child Health Nursing)
  • Social Science (Sociology, Psychology or Cultural Anthropology)
  • Mental Health (Mental Health Nursing, Psych Nursing, Child or Adolescent Psychology)

*A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a field other than nursing plus an RN license is also acceptable. In this case, applicants must show proof of coursework in the following areas or complete the following three transitional courses at the beginning of their program:

  • NURS 210 – Health Assessment
  • NURS 242 – Concepts and Processes for Contemporary Nursing Practice
  • NURS 385 – Clinical Concepts and Processes in Population-Focused Nursing


2. License to practice as a professional nurse in at least one jurisdiction



3. Basic computer skills

No student will be admitted who is not proficient in  e-mail (including sending/receiving attachments), word processing, cutting and pasting, search engines and web resources.


4. Requirements only for Illinois nurses seeking ISBE Professional Educators License in School Nursing

  1. Passing scores on either the ISBE Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), which is administered by the Illinois Licensure Testing System (ILTS), or American College Testing (ACT) Plus Writing or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). (Note: Students are strongly encouraged to prepare prior to testing. View information on each of these exams, including passing scores.)
  2. All professional education and content-area coursework that is needed for certification must have been passed with a grade no lower than “C” or equivalent.