School of Nursing

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, Ph.D, RN
Director and Professor


The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Western Illinois University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Choose the Right Program for You...

Pre-Nursing Program 

The Pre-Nursing Program is for students who need to meet general education requirements and nursing support course requirements in preparation for application to the Pre-Licensure Program.

Pre-Licensure Program 

The Pre-Licensure Program is for students who have met all the general education and nursing support course requirements and who wish to study nursing. This program is only available on the Macomb Campus.

RN-BSN Program - Online

The RN-BSN Program is for students who have their RN License. This is only for RN’s. If you are a LPN or CNA, you will choose one of the other two programs. This program is available online.

 College Choice 

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If you have any questions about program requirements, please contact your advisor for assistance.

Contact Us

School of Nursing
1 University Circle
Currens Hall 510
Macomb, IL  61455
Phone: (309) 298-2571
FAX: (309) 298-3190