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.



Dr. Paul Small
Sanders Hall – Room 101
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

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 Direct Entry Masters of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN). Such students meet the course requirements listed below and hold a Eureka College bachelor’s degree in any of our recognized majors. This Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) clinical nurse leader (CNL) program engages students in a two-year, full-time curriculum, to be awarded a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree 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.