Second-Degree BSN FAQs | Methodist College

Second-Degree BSN FAQs

Following are some frequently asked questions about the Second-Degree Accelerated BSN program. If you do not find an answer to your question, please contact the Admissions Office at or call 309-672-5513.

When are classes held?

Students must be able to attend weekend face-to-face classes, face-to-face clinical experiences in the Peoria, Illinois area, blended classes, and online classes. Online classes are offered as asynchronized or synchronized meetings on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Weekends include Saturday mornings through Sunday late afternoons.

What do you mean by "online learning"?

The classroom instruction and learning will take place in an online classroom instead of a physical classroom. You will be able to access lectures, instructional materials, and media online, as well as participate in online discussions.

How long will it take me to complete the degree?

Two academic years or five semesters, including summers if you choose to study full-time.

How much time do I need to devote to reading and studying?

Typically, for each credit hour of coursework you should plan on spending 3 to 6 hours on reading/studying each week.

What is the cost of tuition, books, and fees?

Please see the tuition and fees page.

Is there an entrance exam I will need to take before entering the program?

No, there is not an entrance exam.

Can I continue working my full-time job while pursuing my studies?

This full-time program is very intensive; however, the course schedule allows for other daytime commitments. You must determine whether your personal situation and abilities would permit full-time employment during enrollment. There is a part-time option. Upon acceptance to the program, you can discuss your scheduling needs with your academic advisor.

What is a cohort?

A cohort is a group of individuals who have gathered together to participate in a common goal. As a full-time student, you will start and complete this program as a member of a cohort (determined by your start date in the program). You will work with the same individuals throughout the duration of the program.

Can I attend part time?

Yes, part time enrollment is possible. However, you will not be a part of a cohort with the part-time option.

What occurs upon graduation?

You will be able to participate in the graduation ceremony and you may become a candidate to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). In order to become a professional nurse, you must meet your state board of nursing eligibility requirements and pass the NCLEX-RN for registered nurses.

Is financial assistance available?

Please contact our Director of Financial Aid, Angie Robinson, at or call (309) 672-5513 for more information.

How do I apply for this program?

You may apply using the Methodist College online application portal. For more information on the Second Degree Accelerated BSN program admission requirements, contact the Admissions Office at or call 309-672-5513.