Aurora University

Nursing (BSN)

Why study Nursing?

The profession of nursing is changing rapidly. Nurses are the leaders of the healthcare field, and in many communities, they are on the front lines of health care when people get sick. Modern nursing goes beyond the hospital and doctor’s office. Nurses are everywhere. They work in patient homes, public health clinics, corporate wellness departments, research labs, long-term care facilities, schools, medical flight firms, and the military. Nurses also play a big role in educating the public and addressing the social and economic causes of health issues.

Why study Nursing at AU?

AU has one Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in two locations: the AU main campus in Aurora, Illinois, and George Williams College of Aurora University campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. The nursing curriculum is the same on both campuses. Students take the same nursing courses regardless of location.

Aurora University’s Nursing program is one of the most respected in the region. The program prepares you to take the NCLEX-RN, a nationwide examination for the licensing of registered nurses. After graduation from the School of Nursing, you must pass the NCLEX-RN examination to become licensed as a registered nurse.

At AU, you can begin nursing classes immediately in your first year. That's unlike many other colleges that require you to wait until your sophomore or junior year to begin taking classes in the subject.

You will work closely with dedicated faculty in AU’s state-of-the-art nursing and simulation labs to develop the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the ever-changing health care environment. You will apply those skills and gain hands-on experience as part of your clinical rotations, learning from experienced nursing faculty.

Following graduation, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as a baccalaureate-trained nurse, a highly recruited position in today’s health care market. You will also be ready to take your nursing license exam, a requirement to get your first job in nursing.

AU has been preparing students for careers in nursing since 1947. Today nursing is among the most highly respected careers. Registered nurses make up the largest contingent of the health care workforce – far more than doctors. And they make a good living.

For 18 consecutive years, Americans have rated nurses as the No. 1 most ethical and honest profession. Gallup Poll 2019
In Our Own Words

In Our Own Words: Nursing School Dean Jan Strom on what to expect as a nursing student

As a nurse, you have people’s lives in your hands. And that really matters. At AU, students have an opportunity to discover how to help families and communities improve their health. In addition to taking science courses, students hone their nursing skills in a state-of-the-art simulation lab and get hands on experience in clinical settings.

$71,000

2018 MEDIAN ANNUAL SALARY

12%

2018-2028 PROJECTED JOB GROWTH RATE

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Curriculum Highlights
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Leadership
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology
Campus Opportunities
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Student Nurses Association, AU Chapter
  • American Association for Men in Nursing, AU Chapter
  • AU Science Organization
  • Healthcare Professionals of the Future
Nearly nine out of 10 employers surveyed strongly prefer to hire new nurses with a bachelor of science in nursing degree. American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Experiential learning

Experiential learning

Nursing students gain hands-on experience at our high-fidelity simulation laboratory. In the lab, you will work with a human patient simulator that mimics the situations you will face every day as a practitioner. Students also take part in clinical experiences at hospitals, clinics, and community health settings. Throughout your degree program, your professors will work with you in your clinical experiences to best prepare you for professional practice. They will serve as your nurse mentor.

Nursing Lab Virtual Tour

Career possibilities

  • Community mental health specialist
  • Correctional health facilitator
  • Critical care nurse
  • Disaster relief nurse
  • Family healthcare/nursing
  • Infection control/epidemiology nurse
  • Maternal/Child nurse
  • Medical/Surgical nurse
  • Occupational health nurse
  • Oncology nurse
  • Public health nurse
  • Rehabilitation nurse
  • Transcultural nursing
  • Trauma/Emergency department nurse

Where our graduates work

  • Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
  • Amita Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora
  • Amita Health St. Joseph Hospital Elgin
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Edward Hospital
  • Hillside Rehab & Care Center
  • Illinois Youth Center
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Rush Copley Medical Center