Jun 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 


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Acting Chair: Kari Hickey, associate professor, Ph.D., Illinois State University

Graduate Faculty

Kari Hickey, Acting Chair, associate professor, Ph.D., Illinois State University
Derryl Block, professor, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Cathy Carlson, associate professor, Ph.D., Indiana University
Jie Chen, associate professor, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Marcia Cooke, assistant professor, DNP, Loyola University
Katherine Coulter, assistant professor, DNP, Chamberlain College of Nursing
Mary Hintzsche, clinical assistant professor, DNP, Rush University 
Susan Matthew, clinical assistant professor, DNP, Rush University
Elizabeth Moxley, assistant professor, Ph.D., University of Illinois
Linda Rood, clinical assistant professor, DNP, Southern Illinois University
Jeanette Rossetti,  Presidential Teaching Professor, Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
Anitha Saravanan, assistant professor, Ph.D., Loyola University
Tanya Tanzillo, clinical assistant professor, DNP, Southern Illinois University

The School of Nursing offers programs of graduate study leading to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), Master of Science (M.S.) in nursing, and two post-master’s certificates of graduate study-family nurse practitioner and nursing education.

The M.S. in advanced practice nursing specializations (adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist, adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner) prepare students to qualify for certification as adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, or adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialists. Both nurse practitioner specializations are focused on primary care not acute care. M.S. students can also select the nursing education specialization to prepare for roles in academic and practice settings. The master’s degree in nursing and post-master’s certificates at Northern Illinois University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The D.N.P. degree prepares nurses a) to practice in an advanced nursing role in a particular specialization and b) to lead innovative, evidence-based practice initiatives that impact quality improvements and outcomes in healthcare systems. Both a post-bachelor’s degree and post-master’s degree D.N.P. program are offered.

Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screening

Students in nursing are required to undergo criminal background checks and drug screening. The nursing program may be unable to place students in a clinical setting if they have a positive drug screen or if the student has a prior criminal record; therefore, the student may not be able to complete the program of required courses.

Clinical Requirements: Graduate Nursing Programs

See the Clinical Requirements HERE

Grading Policies for Nursing Master’s Degree and Certificate Students

Nursing graduate students must earn a minimum grade of B in each required course in the plan of study.

Any required course in which a grade of B- or lower is earned must be repeated and a grade of B or higher earned prior to progressing in the required plan of study course work. Students who accumulate 6 or more hours of B-, C+, C,  D, F, U or WF in the same course or in any combination of courses will be dismissed from the graduate and certificate nursing program.

The Graduate Nursing Student Handbook contains additional policies related to admission and progression through the nursing program.

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