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Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Prelicensure

At Methodist College we have been educating future nurses for more than 100 years.  Our bachelor's degree nursing programs combines 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.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing BSN) Prelicensure degree prepares students for the national licensing exam (NCLEX) to be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN). Our first-time pass rate continues to surpass state and national averages.

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 Methodist College BSN program.

In the Methodist College BSN Prelicensure program, students will take both the general education and nursing courses required for the degree, and enter the program as nursing majors and may take nursing courses in their first year, even in their first semester.

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.

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.

Upon successful completion of the required 122 credits, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree will be awarded and the graduate will then be qualified to sit for the national licensing exam, NCLEX. In order to gain employment as a registered nurse, graduates must successfully pass the NCLEX.

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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.