Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admissions requirements for entry into the Methodist University Nursing Program?

Admissions requirements can be found by clicking here.

What if I don’t have all the pre-requisite courses completed? Can I still apply?

Applicants may make application to the program if there are coursework deficiencies. However, to be admissible, applicants must be in progress or have a plan in place to complete the coursework deficiencies by the program's start date in August.

Is there a course repeat limit?

Yes. Each nursing pre-requisite course may be attempted two times only.

Is there a time limit on the prerequisite coursework?

Yes. The science pre-requisites, Anatomy & Physiology I and II, and Microbiology have a five-year limit.

Do I have to complete all of the General Education requirements before applying to the program?

No, but we strongly recommend you have all general education coursework completed prior to beginning your NUR courses. This is for two reasons: 1) Clinical, lab, and simulation schedules will vary each semester based on availability so it becomes very difficult to arrange traditional courses around clinical times; 2) Taking traditional courses along with NUR courses will create a course overload situation (meaning you will be registered for more than 18 semester hours). An overload requires approval from the Provost and will also result in additional fees.  

Is admission to the program competitive?

Yes, admission to the nursing program is competitive. Our Admissions Committee will review each applicant individually but will also compare them based on a points system. While our worksheet is not public, some areas that are weighted include cumulative GPA, nursing pre-requisite GPA, Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology grades, Kaplan Entrance score (minimum overall score is a 65) Kaplan Reading Comprehension score (an 80 and higher is desired), and results from your formal Interview.

Do I have to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to apply to your program?

No. A CNA license is not required to apply or be admitted to MU’s nursing program.

How long will it take me to complete your program?

While the nursing program itself requires four semesters of study, students must complete all University requirements for graduation. Depending on whether you are a traditional student or transfer student, earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing from MU could take up to four years.

What if I already have another degree?

All official transcripts are reviewed by the Registrar’s office for transfer credit as part of the Admissions process to the University.

When can I apply to your program?

Applications are open from November 1 through January 31 of each year.

Does your Program offer fall and spring admissions?

Our Nursing Program accepts a new cohort of students in the fall only each year.

Do you accept nursing courses taken at another college or university?

Nursing courses taken at another college or university will be reviewed on an individual basis. Acceptance is determined by the Nursing Department Chair.

Are courses available evenings, weekends, or online?

Many of the General Education and prerequisite nursing courses required for the BSN degree may be earned in the evening or online. All NUR courses are offered during the day. Exceptions to this are the clinical components of the NUR courses; some of those may have weekend clinical rotations.

Are nursing courses offered in the summer?

Nursing courses are offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Can I study part-time?

General Education and prerequisite nursing courses may be taken on a part-time basis. Class schedules are full-time for accepted nursing students.

Where are your clinical sites located?

Clinical experiences may vary from semester to semester depending upon the courses taught and on clinical site availability. Nursing students should expect to travel within Cumberland County and to the neighboring counties of Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Robeson, and Sampson. Students are responsible for transportation to and from clinical sites.

Can I specialize in a specific area of nursing in your program?

Upon graduation from Methodist University, students are prepared to be nurse generalists who can work in any number of clinical settings. Specialization in a particular area will require advanced graduate education and experience. Many times, opportunities for specialization are offered on the job through intensive training programs.

I would like to visit the University and have someone look over my transcripts. Whom do I contact?

Contact the Nursing Department Office Manager at (910) 630-7578 or jcaviness@methodist.edu to schedule an appointment.

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