About Methodist College

Methodist College provides a high-quality education in nursing, health sciences, and human services through high-quality programming and excellent clinical practice. 

Methodist College is a four-year college affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Peoria. It is governed by a Board of Directors, composed of 12 members who represent the Peoria area community.

Methodist College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), with the baccalaureate nursing program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Established in 2000, Methodist College is a private, non-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois. Focused on nursing, health sciences, and human services programs, Methodist College offers academic excellence and baccalaureate degree programs that prepare students for a career in healthcare. 

Qualified nurses are in high demand across the country. At Methodist College, we're dedicated to developing the knowledge and experience needed to take advantage of that demand.

Our curriculum combines quality educational programs with real-world clinical experience to provide students with a comprehensive health care education. We offer six learning opportunities in nursing and health sciences, including three options in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program, a Gerontology Certificate program, a Medical Assistant Certificate program, a Nursing Assistant Certificate, and a Master of Science in Nursing- Nurse Educator program.


Interim Chancellor and President of the College | Deborah R. Garrison, PhD

Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Nursing | Pam Ferguson, PhD, CNE, RN-BC

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services |  Keith Branham, EdD

Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer | Barry Soffietti, MBA

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Marketing and External Affairs | Anna R. Buehrer, BA  

Methodist College Strategic Plan 2016-2021

Methodist College has been on an incredible journey the last three years, which is well documented by the number of actions that have been completed on our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. With this incredible energy and drive, the college's administration, staff and faculty present the new Methodist College Strategic Plan, spanning 2016-2021. 

To start this process, meetings were held in summer of 2015 with staff (June 9th) and faculty (August 13th). In both these meetings, SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analyses were completed and much qualitative data was gathered. These data were reviewed for trends and themes. In fall of 2016, the President's Advisory Council and Board of Directors were also asked to provide input into our upcoming plan. This input was gathered using SurveyMonkey, and these data were also reviewed for trends and themes with the previously existing data. An ad hoc committee of the Methodist College Board of Directors met on October 27, 2016 to review the trends and themes from the SWOT meetings, and board and council input. Three themes emerged from this meeting and became the strategic planning initiatives for 2016-2021.

The three strategic planning initiatives are as follows:

1. Advancing a Culture of Teaching & Learning - e.g. graduate student learning outcomes, increase number of doctorally-prepared faculty, Campus of Care, co-curricular education

2. Harnessing a Sound Fiscal Foundation - e.g. increase grants, scholarship, decrease tuition dependency

3. Embracing Civic Engagement, Volunteerism & Community Partnerships - e.g. service learning, volunteerism, community partnerships 

From emerging trends identified by the President and Cabinet, a fourth initiative also was added in Spring 2016, to focus on the needs of diversifying enrollment. 

4. Attracting Post-Traditional Learners to Methodist College.

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