Pre-Nursing

Pre-Professional Programs: Pre-Nursing

Eureka College is affiliated with OSF St. Francis College of Nursing (a 2+2 affiliation) and Rush University Medical Center (a 4+2 affiliation). These agreements mean that full-time students, after completion of selected courses at Eureka College, may be admitted at one of the affiliated Colleges of Nursing. Additional program years of study are required to obtain a degree.

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Contact:

Professor Amy Dewald
adewald@eureka.edu
309-467-6816 
Sanders Hall – Room 303
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

Eureka College and Methodist College have an articulation agreement in which Eureka College students can take four lower-division Methodist College nursing courses on the Eureka College campus.  After completion of two years at Eureka College, all students who meet the requirements for progression to upper division nursing courses will be accepted into Methodist College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater, complete all lower division and general education courses, and achieve the required score (Level II) on the ATI exam administered in N232.  Students must complete a combination of general education credits, as well as lower and upper division nursing credits that will total 122 credit hours for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree completion.  While at Eureka College, students will complete 52 Eureka College credits and 9 lower division Methodist College credits.

Note that this program does not lead to a Eureka College degree – the degree is completed at Methodist College.

The pre-nursing prerequisite courses completed at Eureka College include:
BIO163 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO320 Microbiology 4
COM110 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENG103W Academic Writing and Research 3
ENG301W Advanced Academic Writing and Research 3
FPA Fine Arts Elective 3
HUM 1 Humanities Elective 3
HUM 2 Humanities Elective 3
HS200 Informatics for Healthcare (online) 3
MAT121 Precalculus 4
MAT260 Statistics 3
N100 Nursing Seminar 2
N120 Concepts of Health and Healthcare 2
N211 Standards of Nursing Practice 2
PSY101 General Psychology 3
PSY205 Psychology of Childhood through Adolescence 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
Plus 6 credits of upper-level (300-499) general education electives. 6

Eureka College and St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing have an affiliation whereby each semester five recommended Eureka College full-time students, as prescreened for all pre-nursing prerequisites listed below, will be guaranteed matriculation into the junior year B.S. in Nursing program. Other EC students interested in nursing may separately apply on their own to St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing by meeting the general application requirements. A minimum GPA of 2.50 is required, and students can only have one grade of C in their science courses.

Note that this program does not lead to a Eureka College degree – the degree is completed at St. Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.

The pre-nursing prerequisite courses completed at Eureka College include:  
BIO163 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO320 Microbiology 4
CHM121 Survey of Chemistry 4
COM110 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
ENG103W Academic Writing and Research 3
ENG301W Advanced Academic Writing and Research 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
HED284 Nutrition 3
MATxxx Mathematics Elective numbered 121 or above 3-4
MAT260 Statistics 3
PSY101 General Psychology 3
PSY205 Psychology of Childhood through Adolescence 3
PSY208 Adult and Aging Psychology 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3

Plus 16 hours of electives, with 3 hours in computer science (CSC) recommended.

   

Eureka College and Rush University of Rush University Medical Center have an agreement in which two Eureka College students per year, upon our recommendation, can enroll in the Generalist Entry Masters of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN). Such students must meet the course and admission requirements listed below and hold a Eureka College bachelor’s degree in any of our recognized majors. This Generalist Entry Master’s of Science in Nursing engages students in a full-time curriculum which focuses on clinical leadership and prepares students to successfully sit for the NCLEX (RN licensure exam). In addition to being prepared to function at a high level as a nurse in inpatient, out-patient, and community settings, students are also poised to pursue advanced-practice programs, such as the NP/DNP or PhD programs.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) of required courses:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I (BIO 163) and II (BIO 264)
    • Microbiology (BIO 320)
    • Chemistry (CHM 131)
  • Substantive answers to personal essay question .
  • Three professional letters of recommendation*. Letters should be from faculty and/or work managers.
    • Applicants applying from Eureka College are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a pre-health advisor.
  • Resume or CV that includes the following information:
  • Community service.
  • Educational, leadership and professional organization activities.
  • Scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  • Work experience.
  • The GRE is waived for applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater.
  • TOEFL scores, if required.
  • Personal interview(s) with faculty. The interviews are by invitation only.
  • Prerequisite courses completed by the application deadline.