Methodist College of Nursing Nursing Program Review
Methodist College of Nursing (MCON) serves just fewer than 500 students in the suburb of Peoria, Illinois. Methodist College of Nursing focuses solely on bachelor’s degree programs. The college started in 2001, but the history of the institution dates back to 1900 as the Deaconness Home, Hospital and School of Nursing. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Nursing Degree Programs
Bachelors programs at Methodist College of Nursing are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). Methodist College of Nursing offers three bachelor’s degree tracks all leading to a BSN.
Methodist College of Nursing Undergraduate Nursing Programs
Four-Year Pre-Licensure BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
The BSN program is for students without previous higher education or nursing experience seeking an entry-level route to the nursing career. The program is delivered in a hybrid format with some classes online and others on weekdays, evenings and weekends. Students may complete the BSN degree on a full or part time basis. Students are admitted as both freshmen and transfer students, and requirements differ according to the post-secondary college credit earned. Aspiring nurses with less than 30 credits should have a high school or GED with a 2.5 GPA or higher in high school, 2.0 GPA in all college coursework and a minimum ACT score of 19.
Students with more than 30 credits should have a minimum 2.0 GPA in all college coursework. All students in the four-year pre-licensure BSN track are first admitted to the lower division program. Upon completing all general education requirements with a 2.0 or better GPA, students may apply to complete the upper division coursework in which most nursing courses are taken. The program can be completed in 8 semesters (usually 4 years; 7 years maximum). Upon completion of the nursing program, students are eligible to take the National Council for Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and receive a BSN.
Second Degree Accelerated BSN
Students who are seeking to become RNs (Registered Nurses) and hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than nursing may pursue the Second Degree Accelerated BSN. This program is completed in 5 semesters (1.5 years, summer semesters are included). Admission requirements to the program include a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA from an accredited college or university, and completion of pre-requisites. Additional pre-requisite courses may be completed as part of the program. Classes for this program are held 2 evenings a week and all day on weekends. As the program is accelerated, it is only available full time. Upon completion of the program students are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and earn a BSN.
RN-BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
Students who already hold an RN license and would like to earn the BSN may do so on a flexible schedule through the RN to BSN program which allows nurses to complete nursing courses primarily online and on a flexible schedule. Admission requirements to the program include a valid RN license, minimum 2.0 GPA in all courses to be transferred and a minimum of 30 credit hours of general education requirements. The program can be completed in as little as 2 years or as long as 5 years.
Methodist College of Nursing
415 North East Saint Mark Court
Peoria, IL 61603