RN to BSN Admission

Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing offers an accelerated pathway for nurses interested in obtaining a BSN degree.  This option provides students the opportunity to translate professional experience and education into academic credit through the development of a portfolio.  Students earn credit by developing a portfolio that documents how they have acquired nursing knowledge and skills that meet the learning objectives in a specific College of Nursing course.

Academic advisement is available at the College to assist the student with a plan for advanced placement, transfer of credit and completion of requirements.  All policies regarding academic advisement, progression in the nursing major, and program completion apply to the RN student.

All applicants are welcome to apply. However, due to restrictions on distance education imposed by individual states, the College cannot accept students that are residents of the following states: Iowa, Maryland, New Mexico, North Carolina, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York.

The College has met state specific distance education requirements and is allowed to offer its programs to residents in the following states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, South Carolina, California, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Colorado, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, Kansas, New Jersey, Virginia, Florida, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Students from Texas:

  1. Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is accepting applications.
  2. Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.
  3. Complaints or other contact with applicable regulatory agencies can be made by using the contact information found on the website (accreditations tab). 

Your state not listed? If you are a potential out of state applicant and you do not see your state listed above, please contact the Graduate Dean at (309) 655-2230 to determine the College’s authorization eligibility to offer distance education in your home state.


Pre Nursing Curriculum

A total of 59 semester hours is required.  If the pre nursing course work adds up to less than 59 hours, an additional elective course is to be taken.  The pre nursing courses are taken at any other accredited college/university of the student's choice.


Granted Credits

Upon formal acceptance to the College and satisfactory completion of 317 Concepts for Professional Nursing-RN, 310 Health Assessment, and 425 Promoting Healthy Communities, the RN will be granted credit for the following College of Nursing courses:

  • 312 Pathophysiology (4 s.h.)
  • 314 Pharmacologic Basis for Nursing Practice (3 s.h.)
  • 324 Conceptual Basis of Nursing I (4 s.h.)
  • 325 Conceptual Basis of Nursing I (2 s.h.)
  • 330 Conceptual Basis of Nursing II (5 s.h.)
  • 331 Conceptual Basis of Nursing II (5 s.h.)
  • 426 Conceptual Basis of Nursing III (5 s.h.)
  • 427 Conceptual Basis of Nursing III (5 s.h.)
    Total - 33 semester hours

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of 59 semester hours of pre nursing curriculum with a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Graduation from a state approved diploma or associate degree nursing program. 
  • Licensed as an RN in the state of Illinois.
  • Satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for applicants whose first language is not English.


Application Process 

  • Completion of 30 semester hours of required courses which must include a minimum of 8 semester hours of the required science courses.  The ten year recency policy for the science courses is not applicable to the RN students.
  • Submit completed Application Form with the $50 application fee.
  • Submit official copies of high school transcripts or GED report, school of nursing and all college/university transcripts.
  • Submit a copy of current RN license.
  • Submit a copy of current CPR certification.
  • Scores from the TOEFL, if applicable.
  • An interview is optional at the request of either the College or the applicant.