MacMurray College Nursing Program Review

Founded in 1846, MacMurray College (MAC) is based in central Illinois and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  The college is a private, four year institution and was originally founded as an educational institution for women. The university also honors the Scottish heritage of its namesake and major donor, James MacMurray.

Students at MacMurray College will enjoy a speaker series on topics from blues and jazz to poetry and anthropological study.  Students can also choose from a variety of student clubs and organizations to join including the Student Nurses Association. The college educates over 500 students, and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS).

Nursing Degree Programs

MacMurray College has been educating nurses since 1983.  The nursing program at MacMurray College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  The nursing program offers clinical nursing experience in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will begin their experience in the Barnum Randall Nursing Education Technology Center where they will participate in clinical trials in acute and maternal care situations. 

Students began clinical practicum experience in their sophomore year and can participate in pediatric, mental health, surgical, public and community health, perioperative, emergency room and other settings. The program boasts very successful statistics, including placing 100% of their nursing graduates in employment within 6 months of completing the nursing program. Among other things, students have consistently praised the nursing faculty for their commitment to their students’ success and small community-like setting of the nursing programs.

MacMurray College Undergraduate Nursing Programs

BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

The BSN program at MacMurray College prepares nursing students with a nursing education founded in liberal arts education.  Students began taking nursing courses in their sophomore year of study, unlike other programs which do not began most nursing courses until the junior year. Freshmen and transfer students are accepted into the nursing programs, with transfer students being accepted into the nursing programs on a space available basis. 

Admission criteria for the program include a 2.5 GPA, High School or College chemistry course with a grade of “C” or better and a minimum ACT score of 20. Upon completion of the program, students may take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and also earn a BSN qualification.  Students who enter the course as freshman require four years of study, while transfer students may complete the course in as little as 3 years.

LPN to BSN (Licensed Practical Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) may enter the MacMurray College Nursing program as a transfer student. By presenting their nursing license, LPN students can earn up to 15 credits towards the 121 credit BSN program.

RN to BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

RNs may enter the BSN course by meeting the same entry requirements as stated for the freshman and transfer BSN program. RNs should also present proof of their RN license.

MacMurray College
447 East College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650-2590

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