Frequently Asked Questions about Nursing

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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. The Nursing Program follows MU’s course repeat policy which can be found in the current academic catalogue.

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?

Students may be considered for conditional acceptance to the Nursing Program with General Education core semester hours still outstanding. No more than 3 General Education core classes outstanding is recommended. All remaining General Education core requirements must be completed by the end of the summer semester prior to entering the senior year of nursing courses.

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, 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?

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is designed to take four years to complete. The first 2 years are typically spent completing general education courses and nursing pre-requisites with the remaining 2 years in the Nursing Program.

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?

The MU Nursing Program accepts a new cohort of students only 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 may be reviewed on an individual basis. Acceptance is determined by the Director of the Nursing Program.

Are courses available evenings, weekends, or online?

Some 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. Methodist University also has a fully online RN-to-BSN program.

Are nursing courses offered in the summer?

Elective Nursing courses (like externships) may be offered in the summer but all required Nursing courses are offered only in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Can I study part-time?

Nursing class schedules are full-time day classes. However, General Education and prerequisite nursing courses may be taken on a part-time basis prior to Program acceptance.

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 to schedule an appointment.