Chair’s Message

Nancy Valentine

Welcome to NIU’s School of Nursing. This is an exciting time in our profession! Never before have opportunities in the nursing field been so diverse and our service been in such demand. Growth in the health care field is predicted to increase dramatically in the coming years and nurses of many specialties will be in high demand throughout the northern Illinois region and throughout our country. It's a good time to both enter the profession and look to increase your knowledge, role or level of responsibility in the field.

I know that there are many paths to becoming a Registered Nurse, earning a baccalaureate degree or pursuing an advanced degree in nursing. The NIU School of Nursing has been providing a quality education from dedicated, engaging and award-winning faculty since 1959. Earning your degree here means you will take with you the NIU School of Nursing's reputation to every job interview, where employers will know they're getting a nursing professional who is prepared to meet the challenges of today's health care environment. We have programs designed to meet your needs whether you are new to the nursing profession or looking to earn a seat at the table of your current organization as a nurse leader in education or clinical practice.

We offer undergraduate and graduate programs leading to your B.S. and M.S. in nursing, as well as a Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. Whether you are a prospective student, current student or an alumnus or alumna, I encourage you to explore our program details on this site to learn about our remarkable programs and offerings. 

Go Huskies!

Nancy Valentine PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, FNAP

Interim Chair


Contact Us

School of Nursing
1240 Normal Rd.
DeKalb, IL 60115