Assistant Professor Pamela Brown -  MSN Program Coordinator 
Assistant Professor Angela Bentley -  Director of Nursing
Assistant Professor Carrie Carls
Assistant Professor Barbara Chumley
Assistant Professor Amy Hyrnewych
Assistant Professor Jordan Jarzen
Assistant Professor Tracey Kreipe
Part-time Assistant Professor Marie Lindsey
Part-time Instructor April Howard
Part-time Instructor Ann O’Sullivan
Part-time Instructor Cheryl Pope
Part-time Instructor Debra Veach
Part-time Instructor Zeh Wellington

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Illinois College has two tracks: 1) the traditional prelicensure track and 2) the online RN to BSN track.

The nursing program has a Holistic and Caring Framework that is essential for preparing nurses for professional practice in the 21st Century. The Illinois College Nursing Program recognizes that individuals, families, communities, and populations have inherent worth and should be treated with dignity and compassion.

​​​The prelicensure or traditional track prepares you to be “practice ready” in addition to being prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX) which allows you to become licensed as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN). Our traditional track requires a total of 130 credits and combines classroom instruction with hands on practice in our nursing laboratory and various clinical sites. Students begin hands on clinical in the second semester of the sophomore year.

A sample traditional track degree plan is available. Please consult with your advisor about your individual plan for course registration and completion of program/graduation requirements.

Majors & Programs


NU 254: Nursing Fundamentals I

This course introduces the student to holistic nursing theory and concepts and explains how nursing practice interacts with society. Students are introduced to basic medical-surgical nursing concepts and skills with an emphasis on adults with common health conditions. Nursing process serves as the basis for assessing, diagnosing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care in both the laboratory and clinical settings. Students address care in various settings and the privilege of becoming a professional nurse. Students are introduced to the critical role of the American Nurses Association and specialty nursing organizations in setting high standards for professional nursing practice.

NU 254: Foundations of Nursing I

This course will socialize students to the nursing profession and introduce them to foundational knowledge and competencies necessary for nursing. The course focuses on integrating critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and professional standards such as values, ethics, and legal responsibilities. This course emphasizes the fundamental concepts of caring, communication, the nursing process, and technical nursing skills including integration of health assessment concepts and competencies.  This course is designed as a foundation for subsequent nursing courses and a bridge between the natural and social sciences and nursing. This course includes a clinically focused simulation lab where students will get to explore the fundamental concepts and engage in hands-on learning opportunities to facilitate understanding and application of the foundational skills necessary to develop clinical judgment and provide safe, quality nursing care. 

NU 255: Foundations of Nursing II

This course is designed to build upon the knowledge and concepts learned in Foundations of Nursing I.  In addition to continued development of health assessment skills, fundamental theory and skill acquisition, this course will focus on patient teaching, surgical asepsis, wound care, pain management, oxygenation, digestion and bowel elimination, urinary elimination, medication administration, and end-of-life care. This course includes a clinically focused simulation lab where students will further explore fundamental concepts and engage in hands-on learning opportunities to strengthen the understanding and application of foundational skills needed to develop clinical judgment and provide safe, quality nursing care.   This course will also provide students, functioning in the role of providers of care, the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in an adult health care setting.

NU 311: Pharmacology I

This course brings a pathophysiological approach to pharmacology. Students use a systems approach to learning drug classifications and key drug prototypes. The principals of safe medication administration are emphasized. Students integrate knowledge from biological and physiological sciences to make connections between pharmacology, pathophysiology, and the safe administration of medication therapies. Patient teaching is key to safe medication administration and students use current research to create patient teaching plans.

NU 312: Pharmacology II

Pharmacology II is a continuation course that provides the knowledge necessary to understand the physiological and pharmacological aspects of illness and disease. It addresses the scientific principles and rationales necessary to recognize the relationships between pathophysiology, pharmacology, and nursing care for diverse patient populations.

NU 320: Concepts of Professional Nursing and Healthcare Policy

This course addresses the skills, attributes, and role development of the successful professional nurse. Case studies examine the nurse's role in essential political, economic, and social forces affecting health care. Concepts of multidimensional care, plus skills of inquiry and analysis that inform clinical reasoning, professional judgment, and lifelong learning are integrated into personal practice. [Essentials I, V, VIII, IX]

NU 336: Adult & Geriatric Nursing

This course focuses on holistic nursing theory and concepts related to managing care for young, middle, and older adults with acute and chronic health conditions. Gender aspects of biological, epidemiological, psychological, and sociological health are considered. Growth and development and health promotion/disease prevention are emphasized. Attitudes about age, historical perspectives, transcultural concepts, growing old, and end-of-life issues are also addressed. 

NU 338: HIgh Acuity Nursing

This course emphasizes holistic nursing theory and concepts related to care of patients with multi-system, unpredictable, and complex health conditions. Students practice across settings, from high-skill home care to long-term care to specialized critical care units. Students focus on the relationship between pathophysiology, disease management, and evidence-based holistic care to further develop clinical reasoning skills that lead to optimal decision making in high-acuity situations. This course includes a lab focused on simulation-based critical thinking scenarios which allow opportunities for safe practice and delivery of care to high-acuity populations.  Clinical rotations enhance student ability to monitor and care for patients with complex health issues and collaborate with interdisciplinary team members to maximize patient outcomes.

NU 340: Advanced Health Assessment

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical skills necessary to perform comprehensive physical, psychosocial, and cultural assessments of individuals, families, and groups. Gathering of specific data, across the lifespan and in vulnerable populations, is used to address common health problems. [Essential I; II; VI; VIII]

NU 360: Pathophysiology in Disease Management and Health Promotion

This course provides an in-depth study of human pathological processes and their effects on homeostasis. The focus is on interrelationships among organ systems in deviations from homeostasis. Etiology, physical signs and symptoms, prognosis, and complications of commonly occurring diseases, their management, and preventive measures inform management of nursing care. [Essentials I; IV VII; IX]

NU 400: Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice

This course focuses on the fundamental competencies the student needs in order to effectively use and communicate the process of scientific inquiry as the basis for professional nursing practice. Opportunities are provided for the student to apply evidence-based practice and the research process to critically read and analyze nursing research studies. A general understanding of and appreciation for research is provided. In this course the students will be exposed to an overview of evidence-based practice and research, consider ethical aspects related to the conduct of research, and explore processes related to qualitative and quantitative research.

NU 410: Ethical Leadership and Management in Nursing

Current theories of management, ethical leadership, and change theories are examined. Students use self-assessment and reflection drawing from ethical principles and virtues, moral theorists, caring and empathy to share how complex ethical decisions are made. Case studies are used to address how leaders manage common ethical issues within healthcare. [Essentials II; IV; VI; VIII]

NU 420: Community and Population Health Nursing

This course focuses on caring for vulnerable and other populations in community settings. Central themes include promoting and protecting the health of the public using health promotion, risk reduction, and disease management and control strategies related to vulnerable populations. Evidence based practice is guided by community assessments, epidemiologic data, environmental data, change, political action, and case management frameworks. [Essential VII; IX]

NU 426: Maternal and Child Nursing

This course focuses on holistic nursing care related to childbearing women, neonates, infants, children and adolescents in acute, and community settings. Common acute and chronic health conditions are addressed. Contemporary issues in women’s, families’, infants, children’s, and adolescent’s health are emphasized. Emerging and evolving models of families are discussed. Students integrate concepts from genetics, growth and development, and health promotion/disease prevention into care. Students write a scholarly paper documenting a holistic family assessment with a family centered disease prevention/health promotion plan.

NU 428: Public, Community, & Population Nursing

This course focuses on theories and concepts related to managing care for vulnerable and other populations in community settings. Central themes include promoting and protecting the health of the public using health promotion, risk reduction and disease management, and strategies related to vulnerable populations. Evidence-based practice is guided by community assessments, epidemiologic data, environmental data, change, political action, and case management frameworks. Concepts of social justice, disparities in health and health care, and vulnerable and culturally diverse populations are addressed within a global context.

NU 430: Nursing Research and Statistical Analysis

This course provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop skills related to nursing research. Research skills include appraisal of literature, research design, measurement and statistical analysis, as well as scientific inquiry. Students discuss the philosophy underpinning qualitative versus quantitative, versus mixed methods research, and how to evaluate such studies. Students analyze evidence-based literature related to directly or indirectly improving patient-centered care, and classify the quality of evidence to design a 'best'' practice. [Essentials II; III; IX]

NU 432: Mental Health Nursing

This course focuses on holistic nursing theory and concepts related to managing care for persons with acute and chronic psychiatric/mental health needs/conditions in acute and community settings. A developmental lifespan approach is used to situate mental health within the wellness-illness continuum. Emphasis is on establishing therapeutic relationships, therapeutic communications, interdisciplinary collaboration, and on applying psychopharmacologic and therapeutic treatment principles.

NU 450: Leadership & Health Policy in Nursing Practice

This course emphasizes theories and concepts related to leadership, management and the nurse’s role in the political process and health policy. Students focus on concepts of leadership, management, power politics, delegation, and conflict management. Students are expected to apply concepts of professional practice models, professionalism, and interpersonal communication skills to foster positive work environments. Students engage with interdisciplinary teams to effect change that directly or indirectly improves patient-centered care. The role of the political process and health policy is explored, and students interact with legislators to inform and influence change in health care and/or the nursing profession. Students spend at least 80 hours in clinical practice during NU 450. 

NU 460: Nursing Capstone

Students will synthesize knowledge for science and humanities into nursing in order to competently enter professional nursing practice. Students focus on self-performance and individual readiness for professional practice. Student conduct ongoing assessments and self-evaluations of their integrated knowledge and create a plan for successful transition into nursing practice.

NU 510: Nursing Philosophy/Theories

Analysis of philosophy and theoretical models, and mid-range theories in nursing. Students conduct concept analysis and develop a testable mid-range theory relevant to directly or indirectly improving health promotion and patient care.

NU 512: Advanced Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology

Students examine assessment findings, pathophysiological processes and pharmacological therapies related to common health conditions encountered in nursing practice settings. Students focus on analyzing health histories, assessment findings, test results, and medical treatments to design nursing care for a variety of patient populations.

NU 514: Evidence-Based Research in Advanced Nursing Practice

Students explore theories related to the generation and evaluation of evidence, research utilization, and evidence-based practice. Issues from nursing practice are identified, developed and refined into an evidence-based researchable project based on testing a mid-range theory.

NU 516: Healthcare Policy & Advocacy

This course explores health policy development and implementation and its impact on healthcare regulation, delivery, and finance. There is a focus on wellness and promotion of health for local, national, and worldwide health initiatives. Students will define healthcare provider roles in health promotion, healthcare delivery, and quality improvement through activities related to health policy reform and finance.

NU 610: Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Finance

This course focuses on theories, concepts, and principles from nursing and related disciplines to form a foundation for nursing leadership and administration. Theories of change, role, adaptation, need and leadership are investigated in relationship to advanced nursing practice. Students complete a 60-hour practicum, related to their change project, within a faculty approved health care agency or system.

NU 612: Organizational Behavior in Healthcare

This course explores human behavior at the individual, interpersonal and group levels, examines the effects of organizational structure on behavior in multi-cultural organizations, and studies practices and methods within the organization that promote or hinder a healthy work environment. Key concepts include ethical management and leadership, and the history and evolution of management and leadership in the United States.

NU 614: Leadership in Healthcare Systems: Advanced Roles in Nursing

This course focuses on leadership theory and the role of advanced practice nurses in leadership/ management, and as a colleague and/or consultant in health care systems. An emphasis is placed on transformational leadership and the leaders' responsibility to create a healthy work environment, develop staff, and ensure safe, quality patient-centered care while complying with regulatory, legal and ethical standards.

NU 630: Curriculum Development and Evaluation

This course provides an introduction to curriculum development in nursing education. Core processes of curriculum development, scholarship in curriculum work, organization of curriculum, and ongoing evaluation for continuous improvement are emphasized. Examples of nursing curricula are available to students.

NU 632: Innovative Teaching Strategies in Nursing

This course focuses on theories of teaching/learning and various approaches to classroom, clinical, and virtual learning. Key concepts include culture and diversity in the classroom, learning styles, socializing professional behaviors; strategies for innovation in teaching, action-focused thinking use of technology and other media.

NU 634: Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education

This course focuses on evaluation of student performance, evaluation of aggregates and evaluation of the nursing program. Key concepts include significance of giving and receiving feedback, formative and summative assessments, grading policies, perspectives on program evaluation, frameworks for program evaluation, and standards and processes of program evaluation.