Nursing (BSN) - Traditional
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.
Point of Pride
Nursing students come into MCN with some of the highest GPAs at the University.
Why study Nursing (BSN) - Traditional?
Nursing is a rewarding career that combines science and technology with the desire to help people. Students of this highly competitive program gain hands-on experience in a variety of patient scenarios using state-of-the-art equipment, including high-fidelity manikins and virtual reality. These experiences prepare students for clinical practice, providing care to patients in hospitals and clinics. Educating nurses who lead is also important to us. All students learn leadership as part of their curriculum at Illinois State, and peer mentorship is emphasized throughout the program.
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How to Apply
Applying to Illinois State
You must apply to Illinois State as a freshman for direct admission into the major. Select “Nursing (BSN)-Prelicensure” as your major of choice on the application for admission.
Admission is only available for the summer and fall terms. This program is highly competitive, and space is limited. Freshmen interested in pursuing nursing should apply by the priority deadline of November 1. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with students receiving their decisions by early December.
In reviewing applications for Nursing (BSN) - Prelicensure, the Office of Admissions will review information provided on the application for admission and from your high school transcript, including:
- Any experience you have in health care.
- Your high school GPA and grade trends. The average program GPA is a 3.93 on a 4.0 scale.
- An essay describing your desire to pursue a career in nursing.
As an applicant to the Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN), it is important that you understand our mission, vision, and values.
Read the values statement below and explain what it means to you.
Specifically, describe how any of your personal, work, or volunteer experiences have influenced you to pursue a career in nursing and how these experiences coincide with our values at MCN.
Your statement should be approximately 500 words and should provide us with a better understanding of who you are and what you would like to contribute to the nursing profession.
Mennonite College of Nursing sets the standard for excellence in nursing practice and education. We develop life-long curious learners who strive to improve health, provide service to and care for others. We value diversity and inclusion in an environment that focuses on empathy, advocacy, and purposeful action.
Remaining in the Major
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; MGT 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.
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