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Location: Chicago
Start Term: Fall
Program Type: Major

Rapid growth in healthcare has created a demand for registered nurses to face and overcome the challenges in today’s health-related jobs. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at Roosevelt University will prepare students for professional careers in the Healthcare field as Registered Nurses (RNs). RU’s nursing programs utilize experience-based learning in order to provide an advanced education both inside and outside the classroom. Through the nursing classes, students will receive real-world experience through our clinical affiliations with area hospitals including Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Norwegian American Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Mount Sinai Health Systems.

The baccalaureate degree program in Nursing at Roosevelt University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 
Washington, DC 20001 
(202) 887-6791

Expectations & Requirements


With direct admit into the nursing school freshman year, students will be a part of RU’s nursing support center which includes academic and career test prep support incorporated in the coursework. Our nursing programs prepare students to become registered nurses by taking the NCLEX-RN exam and obtain licensure from the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and meets crucial national, state, and local needs for Baccalaureate prepared nursing professionals.

Sample Courses

  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Adult Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Nursing of Childbearing & Childrearing Families
  • Pharmacology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

Admission Info

Direct Admission

Students may apply directly to the Accelerated Nursing Program and, if accepted, will be enrolled as in the First Year Nursing Cohort. Students begin nursing-focused courses in the first semester and do NOT need to reapply.  Priority Application Deadline is February 1st and candidates will be informed of admission decisions and scholarships, if awarded, no later than March 1st.  Candidates who meet acceptance criteria but are placed on a Wait List will be offered admission as seats become available.  

Candidates for admission to the nursing major are evaluated holistically, with an emphasis on academic achievement in high school coursework. Successful candidates will demonstrate preparation for the Nursing curriculum in the following ways:

  • Twelve academic units within the areas of English, mathematics, laboratory science and social science.
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative unweighted grade point average based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Minimum 1200 SAT-I or 23 ACT.
  • Student activities demonstrating leadership, teamwork and/or a commitment to serving their community

Additionally, candidates for admission to the nursing major should have a strong preparation in the sciences, and at a minimum should have completed, upon graduation from high school, one year each of biology, chemistry, algebra, and geometry.  It is highly recommended that students have three years of high school math, and, a science in the senior year.

Transfer Requirements

Transfer students must meet the criteria for transferring into Roosevelt University. In addition, students must submit Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) scores. A minimum TEAS score 67% is required. Transfer students will be considered for admission to the Nursing program as follows:

Acceptance into First Year Cohort with Advanced Standing:

Students who have completed some college-level coursework comprising less than 42 transferable credits and/or have not completed all of the First Year Science and Foundation courses (listed below) will be considered for admission into the First Year Cohort.  Eligible coursework will be considered for advanced standing, but will not shorten the time to degree.

Acceptance into Second Year Cohort:

Students who have completed college-level coursework, including at least 42 transferable credits, which include all of the First Year Science and Foundation courses (listed below) prior to entry, will be considered for admission into the Second Year Cohort. Transfer students must enroll in NURS 100, NURS 200, and MATH 170 in the summer term prior to joining the Second Year Cohort in the Fall semester.  If successful, the time to degree for full-time transfer students accepted into the Second Year Cohort is two academic years.

Application Process

Students seeking admission via the Transfer route into either Cohort may submit an application while their courses are in progress. Students may be accepted conditionally, providing coursework is satisfactorily completed prior to matriculation. Strongest consideration will be given to students who have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or greater in courses eligible for transfer.  The Director of Nursing and Roosevelt University Registrar determine which courses meet requirements for transfer.

Equivalent science and foundation courses

  • General Biology
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II with lab
  • Introduction to Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • English I Composition: Critical Reading and Writing
  • English II Introduction to Academic Research
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Psychology