January 19, 2019
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School Profile: University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is one of the more prominent colleges in the University of Illinois School System. Though established in 1913, the college that opened then has little in common with the current university. That school came about after several medical and health sciences campuses merged. UI opened a small campus in Chicago after World War II to meet the demands of students returning from overseas and using the GI Bill. This campus eventually moved and became the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most call the campus UIC.

According to Forbes, Washington Monthly and U.S. News & Word Report, UIC is one of the best colleges in the nation. It also appeared on the global rankings released by ARWU, U.S. News & World Report, Times and QS. Some of its subject areas that received a high ranking include its social studies, mathematics, life sciences, health sciences and medicine programs. The University of Illinois at Chicago also has a good reputation for its diverse student body and for its graduate school. Its large Chicago campus covers more than 300 acres. Part of that main campus sits in the historic Little Italy neighborhood. UIC also has an East Campus and a West Campus in addition to the main campus.

University of Illinois at Chicago Accreditation Details

UIC has regional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), which gives it the right to both offer degree programs and award those degrees to students who complete all department requirements. Regional accreditation is equally important for students because it lets them transfer college credits and seek financial aid to pay for their overall costs. The University of Illinois at Chicago also has specialty accreditation from a variety of professional organizations like the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which granted accreditation to the UIC business program. Some of the other organizations that granted UIC specialty accreditation include:

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration

Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

University of Illinois at Chicago Application Requirements

UIC offers different online applications based on the type of student applying. Most prospective students will use the general application for new graduate students seeking a degree. This application requires background information such as your full name, social security number, current address and date of birth. You must also list any colleges that you attended and the name of the college where you earned your degree as well as when you graduated or your estimated date of graduation. You must have a bachelor’s degree before classes start. The online application includes a $70 fee due at the time that you submit the application. You can also fill out a form an apply for a waiver to skip paying this fee.

The university asks for an electronic transcript that shows that last 60 credit hours or the last 90 semester hours of courses you took. It should show both the names of the classes and the grades you earned as well as you cumulative grade point average. If you attended any grad schools, you must supply UIC with transcripts from each of those schools. You may need to write a personal statement or essay as well. Other requirements that your department may ask for include an official GRE score or a score from a similar test, writing samples, a copy of your resume or letters of recommendation. If you need to submit letters of recommendation, your references can submit those letters online.

Tuition and Financial Aid

A full-time grad students will take at least 12 credits each semester at UIC. Illinois residents pay around $5,700 a semester, but nonresidents pay closer to $11,900 a semester. You can also take between six and 11 credits in a semester for around $3,800 as a resident or $7,900 as a nonresident. The university offers reduced tuition rates for those taking fewer than six credits in a semester. You’re also responsible for the fees charged by the university, which can add around $1,600 to your total costs. If you can prove that you have health insurance, the university will waive one of those fees.

Those working as fellows or assistants at UIC will receive waivers that cover their tuition costs and miscellaneous fees. Though these programs are only open to graduate students, competition is fierce. You’ll want to apply for a spot as soon as possible. UIC recommends that students file the FAFSA in the early spring or late winter to see if they qualify for other types of aid like loans and grants. Grad students can also apply for scholarships and ask about employment opportunities available from the university.

Clinical Nurse Leadership and Nursing Administration

The University of Illinois at Chicago has two graduate programs for nurses. The first is its Graduate Entry Master of Science Program. Designed for those who already have an RN license and a bachelor’s degree, it requires that students start their studies in the fall. You can graduate after just seven semesters of full-time study. Those with an interest in Clinical Nurse Leadership and Nursing Administration studies will find that the program requires the completion of at least 79 credits. Courses include epidemiology, health equity, integrated health care for adults and integrated health care for the community.

UIC also offers a more general Master of Science in Nursing program that includes courses designed for nurse practitioners, nursing midwives and clinical nurse specialists. As the program includes more than 100 hours of fieldwork, graduates can sit for the Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL) exam to obtain their licenses. Full-time students can finish the program in just three semesters, and part-time students can finish in two full years.

In addition to its doctoral programs, UIC also offers certificate programs for nursing students. You can earn a certificate in woman’s health, school nursing or teaching/learning in nursing and health sciences. Though the university does not offer a specific degree in clinical nurse leadership and nursing administration, it does offer courses built around those subjects. The University of Illinois at Chicago can also help you earn a certificate at the same time that you finish your degree or earn a certificate after completing your degree.


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