Healthcare is now the region's largest employment sector. There has never been a better time to invest in your nursing career in Peoria, and there's no better place to do it than UIC.
The Greater Peoria Economic Development Council reports healthcare is the largest employment sector in the region, with 32,201 people employed at 717 healthcare organizations—36% above the national average. But why choose UIC Nursing for your next credential? Not only are our graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation, and not only have we built strong partnerships with community and healthcare agencies since we were founded in 1972, but our Peoria Campus offers unique opportunities for vital interprofessional collaboration in teaching, education and research with the UIC College of Medicine, which is also on the Peoria Campus.
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Testimonial from Peoria student
The smaller class sizes in Peoria created an environment that facilitated group learning. My peers and I were bonded as we followed different pathways to achieve a common goal. We frequently met for study groups and worked together to become leaders in our field.DNP '18, Peoria Campus|
Meet the interim campus director
PhD, MS ’96, FNP-BC
Kathleen Sparbel is dedicated to promoting the professional goals of Peoria-area nurses across advanced practice specialties. She teaches core courses and FNP management courses to DNP students across all UIC Nursing campuses.
Sparbel’s research interests are broad. Her research related to education examines development of technology, simulation experiences and interprofessional education to enhance management of chronic disease.
Her research also includes investigation of genomics, including decision-making regarding genetic testing, the impact of genetic information on individuals and families, and the application of genetic technologies in the primary care setting. As a PhD student in 2003, Sparbel took part in the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute in 2003.
In response to her work, Sparbel has received the 2013 Founder’s Award for Service from International Society of Nurses in Genetics; the 2014 Daisy Faculty Award from The Daisy Foundation; and the CARE (Community, Achievements, Respect, Excellence) Award for Distinguished Service from the Quad Cities Area Advanced Practice Nurse and Physician Alliance.