Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated | BSN | Methodist College

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Accelerated Prelicensure

Students who have completed all of their general education requirements and have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prelicensure Accelerated Program. Students enrolled in the Accelerated Pre-Licensure BSN will complete the program in four semesters, including summers, with full-time enrollment status. 

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Prelicensure degree, graduates will then be qualified to sit for the national licensing exam, NCLEX-RN. Our first-time pass rate continues to surpass state and national averages.

New Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Prelicensure Curriculum

In Spring 2022, Methodist College launched a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing Accelerated Prelicensure curriculum that is streamlined and reflects alignment with changes in nursing education. The new curriculum reduces the total required number of credit hours for the program from 122 to 120.

Interested students are encouraged to apply early and submit their high school and any college transcripts as soon as possible to not only expedite the application process, but assist the advising team to best guide students through the course registration process.

General Application Requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of a complete application for admission and payment of the application fee
  • Submission of official transcripts to from each college and university attended. Email to
  • Complete of all prerequisite general education level courses (see below).

The program follows a rigorous schedule and as such, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester of the program. If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 the student will have one semester to achieve the 3.0 requirement. If unable to achieve a 3.0 GPA, the student will have the opportunity to submit a change of major application and continue the BSN program in the standard Pre-Licensure program.

General Education Prerequisites

BSN Application Checklist

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • 2.5 cumulative college GPA
  • 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) high school GPA**
  • Composite ACT score of 19 or an SAT score of 980**

To be admitted to the program, applicants must have the following prerequisites completed, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab) - 4 credit hrs
Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab) - 4 credit hrs 
Microbiology (w/lab) - 4 credit hrs
Composition I - 3 credit hrs
Composition II - 3 credit hrs
Introduction to Psychology - 3 credit hrs
Introduction to Sociology - 3 credit hrs
Introduction to Philosophy- 3 credit hrs 
Math Concepts or Algebra or higher - 3 credit hrs
Statistics - 3 credit hrs
Social Science Elective - 3 credit hrs
Humanities Elective - 3 credit hrs
Fine Arts Elective - 3 credit hrs
Oral Communication - 3 credit hrs







Students can verify transferability of any college courses they have taken by using the online Transferology tool .

For more information please contact the Methodist College Admissions Office at 309-672-5513.

Professional Licensure

A state's laws may require individuals to be licensed or have a certificate to practice a profession in that state, such as nursing. If a student lives outside Illinois and is pursing a degree in a field that requires a license or certification to practice, it is important for that student to determine whether their degree from Methodist College will qualify them for that license or certification. 

Students should contact their home state's licensing board to obtain the applicable requirements, rules, and regulations of their home state, and are responsible for determining whether an online distance education program will meet their home state's requirements for certification, licensure prior to enrollment at Methodist College.

Please be aware, programs that require a professional licensure in your home state may have different requirements particularly for any clinical or internship experience that may take place in your state. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before enrolling in an academic program outside of your home state.

State Requirements for Nursing Licensure (pdf)

Professional Nursing Licensure requirements by state for RN programs (National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

If information regarding the field is not provided in the entry for the student's home state, then the student should consult the licensing agency indicated for their state for further information.