Methodist College

History, Approval, Licensure, and Purpose


Methodist College is a four-year college affiliated with UnityPoint Health - Peoria.  Its history dates back more then 100 years when in 1900, the deaconesses of the Methodist Episcopal Church opened the Deaconess Home and Hospital and its School of Nursing. In March 2000, Methodist College was established in response to national trends affecting changes in nursing education, the nursing profession, and health care delivery.


The Illinois State Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation approve Methodist College. UnityPoint Health - Methodist is licensed by the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Facilities by the State of Illinois.


Methodist College graduates will be eligible to apply to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses and then work in entry- or beginning-level positions in nursing. As necessary, Methodist College will assist graduates to gain admission to graduate school.


The purpose of Methodist College is to provide an undergraduate curriculum that prepares generalists for careers in nursing and health care. The curriculum extends opportunities to men and women from diverse backgrounds to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree,  a Gerontology Certificate, or a Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator. It also provides experiences needed for effective communication and critical thinking. These experiences include the theory and clinical practice needed for mastering the knowledge and skills essential for professional delivery of nursing care in a variety of settings with multicultural populations. Methodist College provides an environment conducive to personal and professional growth, and lifelong learning for students and faculty.