In response to recommendations made by the Illinois Implementation Commission on
Nursing (IICON) to increase the number of baccalaureate nurse graduates in Illinois,
Chicago State University conducted a feasibility study that led to the initiation
of the Division of Nursing at the University. In March of 1971, a director and assistant
director were appointed to develop the nursing program. Approval of the program was
obtained from the Illinois Department of Registration and Education and the Illinois
Board of Governors in 1972. During the summer of 1973, the first dean was appointed
and in 1974, the Division became a College.
The period between 1975 and 1980 were years of development and expansion. The program
received an initial eight-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing
(NLN) in 1981, and was re-accredited in 1989 by the National League for Nursing (NLN),
and in 1997 by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC).
In 1992, the College of Nursing and the College of Allied Health were merged into
the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and in 1995 it became the College
of Health Sciences.
The mission of the Department of Nursing is to provide educational experiences that
empower learner,promote competence in the area of professional nursing,
strengthen the capacity for employment in a variety of clinical practice settings
within the healthcare community,
and develop a sense of civic responsibility.
The Department of Nursing at Chicago State University seeks to educate nurses
who will be able to demonstrate excellence through practice, scholarship, leadership
while caring for diverse populations.