History of Methodist College - UnityPoint Health

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. The college is not affiliated with the United Methodist Church or any religious organization.

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.


Graduates of the Methodist College undergraduate baccalaureate nursing program 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 and graduate curriculum that prepares generalists for careers in nursing, health science or human services. 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 Bachelor of Social Work degree, a Gerontology Certificate, a Nursing Assistant Certificate, a Medical Assistant Certificate, or a Master of Science in Nursing . 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 health care n 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.