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Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated

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The Accelerated B.S.N. option of the undergraduate program at the Mennonite College of Nursing is for students who have demonstrated academic success and perseverance by previously completing a non-nursing bachelor’s degree. This option provides a unique opportunity for those committed to the profession of nursing to earn a second bachelor’s degree.

This major is only available for second bachelor's degree students.

Why Study Nursing (BSN) - Accelerated?

Nursing is the largest healthcare field. Three out of five nurses work in hospitals. Many nurses work part-time. Nursing combines science and technology with the desire to help people. One must enjoy helping people of all types and backgrounds. Nursing requires both physical stamina and emotional stability. Nurses must be able to follow orders and direct others.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Strong written and oral communication
  • Problem solving skills
  • Team player and also ability to make decisions alone
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Kind heartedness and the ability to understand others feelings
  • Work well under pressure
  • Ability to determine patients needs and administer drugs
  • Adaptive to new environments
  • Ability to work with medical equipment

Being Successful in the Field

  • Earn a master's degree to prepare for advanced practice nursing including: clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, and administration. Earn a doctoral degree for research or teaching at a university.
  • All states regulate nursing by requiring licensure.

Related Fields

Staff Nursing

Hospital Specialties Include:

  • Pediatrics
  • Surgical
  • Emergency
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity
  • Women's Health
  • Newborn Intensive Care
  • Cancer Treatment
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health
  • Operating Room/Recovery Room


  • Hospitals
  • Clinics and medical centers
  • Physicians' offices and medical groups
  • Outpatient surgery centers
  • Home health agencies
  • Extended care facilities: Nursing homes, Rehabilitation centers, Hospices
  • Psychiatric hospitals and mental health agencies
  • Educational institutions
  • Large corporations


  • Be prepared to work nights, weekends, and holidays in a hospital setting.
  • Obtain a master's degree for positions such as nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, or nurse administrator.
  • Cultivate managerial skills for head nurse or other supervisory positions.

Community and Public Health

  • Home Health
  • Rural Nursing
  • Health Education


  • Public and private schools
  • Daycare centers
  • Mental health facilities
  • State and local health departments
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Senior centers
  • Nurse-run clinics
  • Religious organizations
  • Social service agencies


  • Develop expertise in firstaid procedures.
  • Expand knowledge of health issues related to age, cultures, religions, ethics, and government policies.
  • Obtain a master's degree for nurse practitioner positions.

Independent Practice

  • Temporary Staffing
  • Travel Nursing
  • Personal Services Contracting
  • Private Duty
  • Midwifery


  • Healthcare staffing agencies
  • Travel companies
  • Businesses and organizations with temporary needs
  • Private households


  • Gained the required years of experience.
  • Learn to work autonomously and make decisions independently.
  • Be prepared to move frequently to various locations either locally or abroad.
  • Become flexible and adaptable.

Government Service

  • Staff Nursing
  • Administration
  • Policy Development
  • Research


  • Government health agencies including: Public Health Service, Indian Health Service, Veterans Administration, Peace Corps, VISTA
  • Armed services
  • Prisons


  • Define an area of interest since government work offers a variety of practices.
  • Plan on graduate study in teaching, research, or administration for advancement.
  • Become familiar with other cultures, languages, health systems and beliefs.
  • Be prepared for combat nursing in armed services.


  • Teaching
  • Educational Administration


  • Teaching hospitals
  • Colleges and universities
  • Schools of nursing
  • Wellness centers
  • Public school systems
  • Community education programs


  • Take coursesin the principles and practices of teaching.
  • Earn an advanced degree to teachat the college or university level.
  • Gain experience in public speaking.

Nursing Research


  • Large hospitals and medical centers
  • Colleges and universities
  • Centers for nursing research
  • National Institute for Nursing
  • Pharmaceutical companies


  • Gain experience with research through supervised independent study or class projects.
  • Develop curiosity, analytical thinking, attention to detail, persistence, good writing skills, and an understanding of statistics.
  • Obtain a Ph.D.

Other Professions

  • Allergist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologist
  • Cardiac Nurse Clinician
  • Clinical Specialist
  • Community Health Coordinator
  • First Aid Nurse
  • Flight Nurse
  • Immunologist
  • Infection Control Specialist
  • Nurse Anesthetist
  • Nurse Consultant
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Obstetrician
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Pharmaceutical SalesRepresentative
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Surgical Intensive Care Nurse

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Tricia Wiegner  Edwards Hall 303  (309) 438-1403 

Applying to Illinois State

This major is only available for second bachelor's degree students.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Applications will be accepted between February 1 – April 1 for the following summer entry into the major. This major only admits students during a summer term.

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

3.30 - 3.55

Required Courses

Grades of "C" or better for the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Fundamentals of Chemistry– CHE 110/112 or 140
  • Statistics –ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138, MQM 100 or MAT 150
  • Fundamentals of Psychology – PSY 110
  • Lifespan Development Psychology – PSY 213
  • Microbiology and Society– BSC 160
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy I – BSC 181 or KNR 181/183
  • Human Physiology and Anatomy II – BSC 182 or KNR 182/184
  • Nutrition in the Life Span – FCS 102
  • Medical Terminology – HSC105

Recommended Courses


Additional Information

Applicants must have earned a Bachelor's Degree in Art or Science from an accredited college or university prior to summer enrollment (but not at the time of application). Please visit for more information.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Kileigh J. Guido  Edwards Hall 112  (309) 438-7400 

Middle 50% GPA

3.30 - 3.55

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

Current Illinois State students are not eligible to change their major to the Accelerated Nursing option. To apply to this major, you must apply to Illinois State University as a second bachelor's student through the Office of Admissions.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Kileigh J. Guido  Edwards Hall 112  (309) 438-7400 
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