About the Nursing Program



To prepare graduates to be leaders in providing patient-centered care, fostering research, integrating knowledge and improving health outcomes for all.


To be a regional center for excellence in nursing education and scholarship.

Core Values

  • Commitment: pledging to serve altruistically with respect for human dignity.
  • Integrity: acting in accordance with an appropriate code of ethics and accepted standards of practice. Integrity is reflected in professional practice when the person is honest and provides care based on an ethical framework that is accepted within the profession.
  • Social Justice: upholding moral, legal, and humanistic principles. This value is reflected in professional practice when the person works to assure equitable treatment under the law and access to quality health care.
  • Responsiveness: responding to the needs of constituents, in coordination with education, economic, political and cultural systems. This value is fundamental because it relates to basic human rights.

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diverse as we are, we are one School of Nursing committed to creating an anti-racist, inclusive, and safe learning environment by speaking up and taking action.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Highlight

Maria Vanessa Simoy Mabazza

Meet Maria Vanessa Simoy Mabazza, M.S. in Nursing graduate whose success was highlighted in the NIU Graduate School Commencement address. 

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Nursing

  • Evaluate safe, quality, patient-centered, evidence-based nursing care to individuals, families and communities
  • Evaluate critical thinking/clinical reasoning when providing nursing care
  • Implement quality improvement related to patient care
  • Establish collaborative relationships with members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Incorporate information management principles, techniques, and systems when providing nursing care
  • Provide leadership role in a variety of healthcare settings for the purpose of providing and improving patient care
  • Defend use of professional, ethical and legal principles while implementing the roles of the registered nurse as provider, designer/manager/coordinator of care and member of the profession

Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing

  • Integrate nursing with related sciences and the humanities to promote health and well-being. 
  • Apply organizational leadership skills to improve healthcare environments. 
  • Apply principles of quality initiatives to improve safety in healthcare environments. 
  • Integrate evidence-based scholarship into advanced nursing practice. 
  • Analyze technology to promote quality healthcare processes and outcomes. 
  • Integrate legal and regulatory policies to promote health and well-being. 
  • Function as a professional nurse leader collaborating within interprofessional teams to promote health and well-being. 
  • Implement effective clinical prevention and health promotion in population-based, culturally diverse settings. 
  • Demonstrate master’s-level nursing practice. 

Contact Us

School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115