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Nursing (RN to BSN)

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Mennonite College of Nursing offers an online RN to BSN sequence in the undergraduate program for current registered nurses. Students may select either a full-time or part-time plan of study.

Why Study Nursing (RN to BSN)?

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

Employers

  • 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

Strategies

  • 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

Employers

  • 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

Strategies

  • 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

Employers

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

Strategies

  • 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

Employers

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

Strategies

  • 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.

Education

  • Teaching
  • Educational Administration

Employers

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

Strategies

  • Take coursesin 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

Employers

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

Strategies

  • 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  meturne@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Tricia Wiegner  Edwards Hall 303  tnwiegn@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-1403 

Applying to Illinois State

Freshman applicants should seek admission through the Nursing (BSN) - Prelicensure Early Admit sequence.

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

  • AA or AS degree or a specified portion of the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum
  • Must be graduate of a state-approved diploma school of nursing or an associate degree nursing program
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in state of residence (at the time of admission, not at the time of application)
  • Hold an unencumbered licensure in every state in which student is licensed
  • Submit recommendation from a current employer
  • Submit a resume to include: education, certifications, professional/community members of committee involvement, mentoring/precepting, award, description of non-student based work experience, and scope of responsibility assoicated with employment positions.
  • Submit 2 page maximum double spaced essay as follows: Describe your rationale for pursuing an advanced degree at this time and the circumstances that may effect an admission decision.

Minimum GPA

2.00

Middle 50% GPA

2.92 - 3.61

Required Courses

Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:

  • General Psychology (PSY 110)
  • Lifespan Development (PSY 213)
  • Microbiology (BSC 160)
  • Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 181)
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (BSC 182)
  • Nutrition (FCS 102)

Recommended Courses

Consider completing an approved Illinois State global studies course prior to admission into Nursing. Although this course may be completed following admission, earlier completion will allow for a reduced workload upon entrance.

Additional Information

Nursing.IllinoisState.edu

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  kjguid1@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7400 

Middle 50% GPA

2.92 - 3.61

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

September 1 - March 15

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

  • AA or AS degree or a specified portion of the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum
  • Must be graduate of a state-approved diploma school of nursing or an associate degree nursing program
  • Be licensed as a registered nurse in the state of residence (at the time of admission, not at the time of application)
  • Hold an unencumbered licensure in every state in which student is licensed
  • Submit recommendation form from a current employer
  • Submit a resume to include: education, certifications, professional/community memberships or committee involvement, mentoring/precepting, award, description of non-student based work experience, and scope of responsibility associated with employment positions.
  • Submit 2-page maximum, double-spaced essay as follows: Describe your rationale for pursuing an advanced degree at this time and the circumstances that may affect an admission decision.

Required Courses

  • Completion of the following courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • General Psychology (PSY 110)
    • Lifespan Development (PSY 213)
    • Microbiology (BSC 160)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I (BSC 181)
    • Anatomy and Pyhsiology II (BSC 182)
    • Nutrition (FCS 102)

Recommended Courses

Consider completing an approved Illinois State global studies prior to admission into Nursing. Although this course may be completed following admission, earlier completion will allow for a reduced workload upon acceptance.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Kileigh J. Guido  Edwards Hall 112  kjguid1@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7400 
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