School of Nursing Follow your passion

A Solid Foundation

The School of Nursing at Illinois Wesleyan extends the University’s liberal arts tradition to prepare exceptional thinkers, compassionate professionals and leaders for nursing and global health care.

Our nursing students have the opportunity to conduct collaborative research with nursing faculty, pursue internships in a chosen healthcare field, and – unusual for a nursing program – study abroad. Students are able to begin clinical experience in their sophomore year. They may choose to pursue a minor, including Hispanic Studies, Human Services Management, or Health.

Opportunities to Explore

Clinical Experiences

Our nursing students benefit from exceptional clinical experiences beginning in the sophomore year at multiple clinical sites, from community agencies to a major trauma center.


IWU internships in nursing and in health are creative works of our students. With support from nursing faculty advisors and the School of Nursing director, students explore topics and objectives that reflect individual interests.


Nursing students have the opportunity to stay on track and study abroad through IWU's Barcelona Program and take special travel courses during the University’s May Term to study Transcultural Health in Hawaii or liberal arts courses throughout the world.

Student Research

Students have the opportunity to perform independent or collaborative research and pursue Honors Projects. Scholarships are available to support student research, such as the Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Endowment.

Sigma Theta Tau

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is the honor society of nursing dedicated to celebrating excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Students in the top 35% of the junior nursing class are invited to join.

Student Nurses Association (SNA)

SNA is a group of students dedicated to community service, professional development, and success in the field of nursing. Our hopes are to organize, represent, and mentor student nurses; promote development of skills needed as responsible and accountable members of the nursing profession; and advocate for high quality of health care.

Individual Focus

The University specializes in undergraduate education with small class sizes. Nursing students receive close, personal attention from experienced faculty with clinical expertise in many nursing specialties.

Illinois Wesleyan offers all applicants direct admission to the nursing program.

A unique opportunity at Illinois Wesleyan University is to balance one's passion for participating in Division III athletics and majoring in nursing. Meet our student athletes.