Bachelor of Science in Nursing Second Degree | BSN | Methodist College

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Second Degree

(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. Weekend includes Saturday morning through Sunday late afternoon.)

Methodist College offers the Second-Degree Accelerated BSN degree, an online and weekend program* for those who have earned a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing and wish to become a registered nurse. Weekend classroom and clinical experiences are held on the Methodist College campus and at local healthcare facilities in Peoria, Illinois. 

Upon completion of the required  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.

The only one of its type in the greater Peoria area, this program requires five consecutive semesters, including summer sessions. The program blends online learning with required classroom and clinical experiences held on weekends on the Methodist College campus and at local healthcare facilities in Peoria, Illinois, which allows busy, working adult students flexibility in their schedules. It is also the only program of its kind that includes an onsite, hands-on internship in Peoria, Illinois, providing the student with real-life learning. 


Learn about the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing - Second Degree.

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New Master's Degree for Students with Non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree

 The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Prelicensure degree is for individuals with a bachelor's degree in another subject, who want to become registered nurses and earn a Master of Science in Nursing degree for career opportunities or to pursue doctoral studies. Students in the MSN-Prelicensure will take the 21 credits of foundation course work and the required curriculum to be prepared to sit for the licensure exam to become a registered nurse.

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.