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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Nurse?
The ANA (American Nurses Association) defines nursing as "...the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities, and populations."

Some of the typical responsibilities of a nurse include:

  • Perform physical exams and health histories
  • Provide health promotion, counseling and education
  • Administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions
  • Interpret patient information and make critical decisions about needed actions
  • Coordinate care, in collaboration with a wide array of healthcare professionals
  • Direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides
  • Conduct research in support of improved practice and patient outcomes

Before becoming licensed and practicing as a registered nurse, candidates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

What is required for an RN license?
To obtain an RN license, the individual must have graduated from a nursing program approved by a state board of nursing, meet all the requirements to sit for the licensure examination (including no felony convictions within the past ten years), and successfully pass the examination. There are several educational pathways that lead to the RN licensing exam, but all require completion of an approved nursing program.

What are the different types of RN programs?
Many diploma programs, which offer a diploma in nursing, are connected to hospitals. Often, though, diploma programs are affiliated with colleges, where the sciences and other required general education courses are taught. Some affiliations allow the diploma student to earn an associate degree in a general area, such as liberal arts, as a complement to the nursing diploma.

Associate degrees (two-year programs) are offered at technical schools, community colleges, or universities. They focus on a core of nursing information, the sciences, and general education to support nursing. These programs provide the foundation to enter the nursing discipline at a beginning level. Methodist University's Professional Nursing Studies program supports the national movement toward baccalaureate degrees for entry-level nurses and encourages associate degree graduates from other colleges and universities to pursue baccalaureate or higher-level degrees.

Baccalaureate degrees (four-year programs offered at colleges and universities) prepare nurses to provide comprehensive service to individuals, families, groups, and communities. These programs are designed to develop critical thinking and nursing skills at a higher level.

All three types of programs prepare students to sit for the same National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which tests for entry-level competency and safety, and which is required to become a registered nurse. The difference is in the academic credential conferred by the hospital, college, or university. Many facilities will hire RNs from any level of program; others hire only those with associate or baccalaureate degrees, while a few accept the baccalaureate degree only. Most management opportunities go to those with the higher degrees. A baccalaureate degree in nursing is needed to pursue graduate nursing education.

What are the admissions requirements for entry into the Methodist University Nursing Program?
Admissions requirements can be found by clicking here.

Is there a time limit on the prerequisite coursework and can certain courses be waived/substituted?
No, we do not have a time limit on courses. The program will not waive or substitute any courses for our prerequisites regardless of previous education or experience.

Is a Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) required to get into the MU Nursing program?
No. A CNA license is not required to apply or be admitted to MU's nursing program. However, additional points may be earned on your application for experience as a CNA, EMT, Paramedic, LPN, or Healthcare Administration. Although it is not a program requirement, students are encouraged to gain direct patient care skills and experience that may be applicable to any nursing program.

What if I already have another degree?
All official transcripts are evaluated by the Registrar's office as part of the application process to Methodist University. If the proper prerequisites have not been completed, a student must complete them with a C or better prior to admission.

When can I apply to your program?
Click here for application dates.

Do you accept students in the Fall and the Spring?
Nursing students begin NUR courses in the Fall of 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.

Does Methodist University offer an LPN-to-RN, RN-to-BSN, or accelerated program?
No. Methodist University offers the traditional BSN degree, a 4-year program, which prepares students to take the NCLEX-RN exam and practice and Registered Nurses (RN).

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 only. The exception to this are the clinical components of the NUR courses; many of those may have evening or weekend clinical rotations depending on clinical site availability.

Are nursing courses offered in the summer?
Nursing courses are offered 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. Once you have been accepted to the Nursing program, class schedules are full-time.

Where are clinical courses?
Clinical experiences may be held at Cape Fear Valley Hospital, Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital, the VA Medical Center, the Cumberland County Health Department, Womack Army Medical Center, Harnett Healthcare System, or Betsy Johnson Hospital. 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. Although they can work in any number of settings, true specialization 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 program and have someone look over my transcripts, what do I need to do?
Contact the Nursing Department Office Manager at (910) 630-7578 or to schedule an appointment. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed during your appointment but do not constitute or imply acceptance of transfer credit from previous college or university course work. Official transfer credit evaluations are done only by the Registrar's office as part of the Admissions application process to Methodist University.