Bachelor of Science in Nursing | BSN | Methodist College

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure

Our Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs combine classroom instruction with hands-on learning in our Clinical Practice and Simulation centers, along with clinical experiences in a variety of settings from hospitals to clinics to community organizations throughout Central Illinois.

In the Methodist College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prelicensure program, students will take both the general education and nursing courses required for the degree. Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing 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 Curriculum

In Spring 2022, Methodist College launched a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum that is streamlined and reflects alignment with changes in nursing education. The new curriculum reduces the required number of credit hours 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.

Students may enter this program directly from high school or as transfer students. Students with college credits will have those credits evaluated for transferability into the BSN program. Students can use Transferology, a FREE online resource that helps students get their college transfer credit questions answered.

As an undergraduate degree, the  BSN Prelicensure  program requires four years of study (if entering the program as a freshman), and can be completed quicker dependent on transfer courses. This program is also designed so that it may be attended on a part-time basis, but the time to completion will be longer.  Courses are offered at a variety of times, including some evening and online classes.

How to Get Started in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

  1. If you are ready to get started on a rewarding career in healthcare or human services, APPLY  to Methodist College today! Our application fee is only $25!
  2. Learn about our admission requirements.
  3. Your official transcripts are vital to our admission process. Request them from your schools as soon as possible and have them sent to
  4. Learn about Financial Aid and how to apply.
  5. If you have additional questions, contact one of our admissions representatives by email or by phone at (309) 672-5513. 

High-achieving students who have completed all of the their general education requirements and have a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Prelicensure Accelerated program.

Individuals with an earned bachelor's degree in a non-nursing subject may be interested in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Second Degree or the Master of Science in Nursing Prelicensure programs.








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.