IC grad will attend highly-ranked nursing program

By Jim McCabe on October 20 at 10:03am

Illinois College has completed its first transfer of a graduate to an affiliated nursing program.

This January, Andrea Kestner will become the first IC grad to attend Chicago’s Rush University College of Nursing as part of partnership between the two schools.

Illinois College president Dr. Barbara Farley, members of the board of trustees, faculty, staff, students and representatives from Rush gathered on campus on Thursday to congratulate and wish Kestner well. She graduated from IC in May.

Kestner will study in the Generalist Entry Master’s program at Rush. Through the affiliation, a graduating IC student with the appropriate courses taken has the opportunity to continue their education at Rush to receive a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

The two-year master’s program includes a Registered Nurse license and a Clinical Nurse Leader national certification as well.

U.S. News’ World Report ranks the Chicago school fifteenth in the nation among American nursing colleges that offer graduate programs. When the school dropped their undergraduate program a few years ago, they started affiliating themselves with colleges including Illinois College.