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Nursing (BSN) - Traditional

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Mennonite College of Nursing offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for Prelicensure B.S.N. nursing students. The traditional nursing curriculum extends over four semesters of full-time study. Each semester of the academic year provides for the practice of skills and the application of knowledge through a variety of classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.

Why Study Nursing (BSN) - Traditional?

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/MentalHealth
  • 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 first aid 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 courses in the principles and practices of teaching.
  • Earn an advanced degree to teach at 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 Turner  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

Students must apply to Illinois State as a freshman for direct admission into the major by designating: "Nursing (BSN) - Prelicensure" as their major choice on the Illinois State admission application. The majority of the nursing class will be admitted via this option.

To remain in the major students must:

  • Earn an overall Illinois State University GPA of 2.50 or higher on at least 24 completed hours and a grade of C or better in the following courses: BSC 160; BSC 181 or KNR 181/183; BSC 182 or KNR 182/184; CHE 110 and 112, or 140; FCS 102; HSC 105; PSY 110, 213; and one of the following: ECO 138; POL 138; PSY 138; MQM 100; MAT 150.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA after completing NUR 224 and 237.
  • Maintain full-time, consecutive fall–spring enrollment at the University. Any student not enrolled at the University for more than one fall or spring semester or who has been academically dismissed from the major must reapply to the major. Readmission will be granted on a selective basis.
  • Obtain a C or better in all nursing courses; dismissal from the major will result when a student receives a grade of less than C in any two nursing courses or twice for the same course.
  • Those students who are dismissed from the major will be changed to "Undeclared" major status.

Plan of Study

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

Admission is only available for the fall semester. The next application period, which will be for fall 2018 enrollment, is September 1, 2017–January 15, 2018. Admission decisions will be released after February 15, 2018.

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

3.40 - 3.72

Required Courses

Fall only admission.

A minimum of 55 credit hours (of which 37 must be IAI General Education) and prerequisite courses must be complete prior to fall enrollment.

Completion of Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 181 or KNR181/183) or Microbiology (BSC 160) with a grade of C or better by the end of the application period (January 15) is required for admission consideration.

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

  • Chemistry (CHE 110, 112 or 140)
  • Statistics (ECO/GEO/POL/PSY 138 or MQM 100 or MAT 150)
  • General Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Psychology through the Lifespan (PSY 213)
  • Microbiology (BSC 160)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 181 or KNR 181/183)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 182 or KNR 182/184)
  • Nutrition (FCS 102)
  • Medical Terminology (HSC 105)

Recommended Courses

Consider completing an approved Illinois State AMALI (non-western) course prior to enrollment into nursing. Although this course may be completed following admission, earlier completion will allow for a reduced workload upon entrance.

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Plan of Study

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.

Academic Advising

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

Middle 50% GPA

3.40 - 3.72

Plan of Study

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.

Application Period

For fall admission- apply between the 1st day of classes in January and the Friday of finals week in May.

For spring admission- apply between September 1st and the Friday of finals week in December.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Major Requirements

Required completion of Inner Core courses following Illinois State's General Education Program and courses listed below with grades of “C” or better prior to enrolling in NUR 222, 239, 225, 229.

Complete a total of 55 hours (in addition to nursing courses):

  • CHE 110 / 112 or 140
  • ECO/GEO/POS/PSY 138 or MQM 100 or SOC 275 or MAT 150
  • PSY 110, 213
  • BSC 160, 181, 182
  • FCS 102
  • HSC 105

Academic Advising

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