Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure | Methodist College


Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure Program at Methodist College

The Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure is an innovative graduate program that allows individuals with an earned bachelor's degree in another subject (non-nursing) to earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree and be eligible to sit for the NCLEX national licensing exam to become a registered nurse. In order to gain employment as a registered nurse, graduates must successfully pass the NCLEX.

Earning a Master of Science in Nursing degree opens doors of opportunity for successful graduates to advance in their careers as registered nurses, or pursue doctoral studies. Ready to get started? Request more information about our Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure program, visit campus, or apply today!

What To Expect During the MSN - Prelicensure Program

The Master of Science in Nursing Prelicensure program consists of 70 credit hours and can be completed in five semesters on a full-time basis. Program progression and length to degree completion may be impacted if semester credit hours are completed on a reduced or part-time basis. (Students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing subject may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Second Degree.)

Courses will be offered in the blended and/or online format, with additional hours in didactic (theory) instruction and clinical/lab practice. (This program requires students to be able to attend weekend face-to-face classes and clinical experiences at the Methodist College campus and local healthcare facilities in Peoria, Illinois.)

Twenty (20) credits of foundational course work meet the core requirements of a master's degree in nursing as specified by 
The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN, 2011)

Learn more about the admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure program at Methodist College. 

MSN - Prelicensure Program Learning Outcomes

1. Professional Development (Disciplinary Excellence)

  • Translate current evidence in the practice setting through problem identification, systematic inquiry, and continuous improvement processes
  • Analyze trends in healthcare and nursing education and their impact on the profession
  • Demonstrate collaborative and inter-professional approaches in advanced clinical practice roles, research, and nursing education

2. Intellectual Development (Critical and creative thinking; engages in research and scholarship)

  • Integrate theories from nursing, health care, education, leadership, and related fields to the care of individuals, communities, education of students and patients and the practice of leadership
  • Utilize the process of scientific inquiry, evidence-based research, and information technology to validate and refine knowledge relevant to nursing and nursing education

3. Social and Ethical Responsibility

  • Critically assess, plan, implement, evaluate educational experiences of learners (nursing students, staff, and clients) to improve learning and health outcomes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to social justice and advocacy for all clients (patients and students), families and communities, including the most vulnerable populations

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.

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. 

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