School of Nursing

Department of Nursing at WIU.

Welcome to Professional Nursing - A Note from the Director:

Welcome to the School of Nursing at Western Illinois University. Our present and future focus is to prepare nurses as excellent health care leaders for the state of Illinois and regional areas, particularly rural settings. The faculty are dedicated to teaching, research, and practice to ensure that each graduate can maximize his or her own career goals. We provide programs of the highest quality that are innovative using a variety of teaching/learning modalities.

Our vision to increase and advance the nursing workforce is exemplified by faculty and administrators devoted to academic excellence and supportive learning environments. In our nursing resource center, there are many computer simulation programs as well as simulators for students to practice new skills before entering the actual health care environment. Our approach to learning is student centered with students engaged in active learning.

Again, welcome. I wish each of you the very best on your educational journey in Nursing at WIU School of Nursing.

P. Lea Monahan, PhD, RN
Director and Professor


The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education recently awarded the WIU School of Nursing a 5-year accreditation, the longest possible.  The review process was exhaustive in order to meet the highest standards for nursing education and to ensure that our students receive an outstanding education and become excellent nurses.


The Western Illinois University School of Nursing is expecting an accreditation visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), for continuing accreditation of the baccalaureate degree program in Nursing on February 9, 10, and 11, 2015. We were informed that third parties are encouraged to send letters on our behalf to the commission. As a valued member of our school of nursing community, we would deeply appreciate your help in this accreditation process by asking you to send letters to the CCNE by January 10, 2015, describing your support, impressions and affiliation with the Western Illinois University School of Nursing, its faculty and students.

Please send letters to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

  Thank you for your continued support.