Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure | Methodist College

Master of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure

The deadline to apply for MSN-Prelicensure Fall 2021 admissions is April 15, 2021.

(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.)

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.

The 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. 

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-one (21) 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

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Fall 2019 Sample Curriculum (PDF)

Fall 2020 Sample Curriculum (PDF)

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Admission requirements for the program include:

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate work
  • Provide all official transcripts from any colleges or universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation by professional sources
  • Complete the required prerequisite courses with a grade of B or better:
  1. Human Anatomy & Physiology (8 semester hours)
  2. Microbiology (4 semester hours)

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OTHER GRADUATE PROGRAMS:

Master of Science in Nursing - Generalist

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator

Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Leader Executive

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.