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The School of


Illinois Wesleyan University’s School of

Nursing offers a baccalaureate nursing degree within a nationally recognized, highly selective liberal arts university. Illinois Wesleyan is committed to providing its students with challenging academics, small class sizes and the kind of personal attention that makes a difference in their education and lives. Students receive direct admission to the School of Nursing with their acceptance to the University.

Our Mission: The School of Nursing extends the University’s liberal arts

Unlike many nursing programs, Illinois Wesleyan students typically complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in four years. Nursing students benefit from exceptional clinical experiences, beginning in the sophomore year,

tradition to prepare exceptional

at multiple clinical sites, from community agencies to a major trauma center.

thinkers, compassionate

In addition, the School of Nursing features a doctoral-prepared faculty whose

professionals and leaders for

members work individually with students in theoretical and clinical courses.

nursing and global health care.

The IWU School of Nursing was an excellent preparation   for the nursing career that I wanted for myself. I started working in the ICU immediately after graduation… . As I went on to nurse anesthesia school, I felt prepared and ready for the challenges of an advanced degree program.”

— Erika Herrin, BSN, Class of 2003

Ac a d e m i c a n d L i f e l o n g

Opportun ity Research Opportunities are available for our students to conduct collaborative research with the nursing faculty. In recent years, Illinois Wesleyan faculty members have conducted research on critical topics such as eating disorders, medical-surgical nursing, mental health nursing, health promotion of the elderly and gerontology.

The IWU School of Nursing provides: • direct admission as a first-year student • clinical experience beginning in the second year • nearly 50 clinical sites • close relationships with doctoral-prepared faculty • completion of the BSN in four years • an undergraduate-only program • a focus on current global health care issues • the opportunity to minor in Spanish/Hispanic Studies • a nursing curriculum blended with the liberal arts

Flexible Curriculum A significant advantage of the Illinois Wesleyan experience is the ability to pursue a minor in addition to a nursing major. Recommended minors include: • Health — students gain understanding of health issues and self-care practices and choices; • Human Services Management — prepares students for graduate study in business or leadership/management in early staff nursing roles; and • Spanish — prepares students to work with our growing Spanish-speaking population. A BSN with a Spanish minor consists of: six additional Spanish language courses and optional internships utilizing Spanish-speaking skills, a medical Spanish course and study abroad opportunities. The availability of these and other minors gives Illinois Wesleyan nursing graduates many distinct advantages in their postgraduate career search.

Angel Arroyo’s student travel to Nicaragua to provide health care services helped him understand how to make a contribution when he graduated. “The hospital has Doctors Without Borders (an international humanitarian aid organization) and they need nurses to help out,” he said about Loyola Medical Center, where he started his career.

— Angel Arroyo, BSN, Class of 2006

4-4-1 Academic Calendar Illinois Wesleyan’s 4-4-1 academic calendar features a four-week May Term. During May Term, courses emphasize curricular experimentation and are an ideal way to experience studying abroad through a travel course. Students take only one course during May Term, and the School of Nursing typically offers several innovative programs that provide diverse opportunities for extensive work with members of different cultures. In recent years, off-campus programs in May Term have included: • Transcultural Nursing and Health of the Asian-Pacific population in Hawaii; • Spanish Language Study at the Universidad Internacional in Cuernavaca, Mexico; and • Danish and Scandinavia Health Care in Copenhagen, a six-week course of study concluding in June.

We are empowering a population to take care of its own,”   says Global Healing’s Alice Gruber. The group works directly with local governments, health-care providers, businesses, public institutions, and private citizens in underdeveloped countries to help achieve this goal.

— Alice (Schrader) Gruber, BSN, Class of 1962, MBA International Business

Chief Financial Officer of Global Healing

Illinois Wesleyan’s Nursing Graduates: • take leadership roles in a global society • practice nursing to diverse populations • continue their professional education, including graduate study • develop personal and professional value systems

T h e Ill i n o i s W e s l e ya n



majors and programs

Numerous college guides place Illinois Wesleyan among the nation’s best. Barron’s considers IWU a “Best Buy,” Kiplinger’s listed the University as a “Best Value” and U.S. News and World Report ranks it a top tier national liberal arts school. In The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges 2012 edition, students were quoted, “It’s hard to describe a typical Wesleyan student, we are all so different … everyone fits in well together.” At Illinois Wesleyan, the liberal arts is part of every student’s education. It touches all 50 major areas of study, from English and biology to business and Hispanic studies to music and nursing. For over 160 years, an Illinois Wesleyan education has been focused on delivering on our motto of Scientia

With 50 majors and programs,

et Sapientia — knowledge and wisdom. That means at Wesleyan we want you

ranging from the liberal arts,

to get more from your education than facts and figures. We want you to learn

business, fine arts, and nursing to

how to think critically and creatively, so that you can apply that knowledge to

pre-medicine, pre-engineering,

succeed in all aspects of your life.

pre-law, and more, your options are many at Illinois Wesleyan.

With classmates from 30 states and 24 countries, Illinois Wesleyan is a place to grow as a person as well as a student. And with 165 student organizations —  encompassing student government, intramural and varsity sports, social fraternities and sororities, service clubs and campus media — there’s sure to be something for everyone.

I lli noi s Wesleyan by the numbers 2,050 undergraduates from 30 states and 24 countries 184 outstanding faculty and no graduate teaching assistants 17 average class size and 11-to-1 student-faculty ratio 50 majors and pre-professional programs 476 unique courses offered, only 9 with 40 or more students 4-4-1 academic calendar with May Term 165 student organizations 18 men’s and women’s varsity sports 462 student internships in 2011-12 Illinois Wesleyan is located in Bloomington-Normal, within two and a half hours of Chicago and St. Louis. The Bloomington airport terminal, ten minutes from campus, provides direct jet access to America’s major hubs.

19,000 alumni in 50 states and 52 countries 56th nationally in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance best value rankings

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Statements of Accreditation and Non-discrimination Illinois Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Illinois Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity and expression, disability, or national origin in its admissions policies, educational programs and activities, or employment policies. Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policy should be directed to the Office of the President, Illinois Wesleyan University, P.O. Box 2900, Bloomington, IL 61702-2900. Illinois Wesleyan expressly recognizes the requirements of Title IX legislation. Title IX complaints should be reported to the University’s Title IX coordinator, who is the Associate Provost (211 Holmes Hall, (309) 556-3255). Illinois Wesleyan University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The Vice President for Business and Finance, the Vice President for Student Affairs/ Dean of Students, and the Associate Provost are designated by the University to coordinate all efforts to comply with Section 504 and its implementing regulation 34 C.F.R. Part 104 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All questions should be directed to the University compliance coordinators indicated above.

The Admissions Office Illinois Wesleyan University P.O. Box 2900 Bloomington, IL 61702-2900 309-556-3031 or 1-800-332-2498

Kim Schultz Recruitment Coordinator School of Nursing 309-556-3529 E-mail:

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Earn a nursing degree within a highly selective liberal arts university.