Frequently Asked Questions
When do I apply?
All students must attend any other accredited college or university of choice and complete 62 semester hours of pre-nursing courses which are transferable to Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing. The pre-nursing courses are general education courses in the areas of Humanities, Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Physical & Life Sciences, and Mathematics. An application may be submitted upon satisfactory completion of at least 30 semester hours of the pre-nursing courses. At least eight (8) semester hours of the 30 must be in the physical/life sciences area (example: anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology). If you are a full-time student, the 30 semester hours can be completed after the first year of college.
How do I know which pre-nursing courses to take?
Review of pre-nursing courses, or contact our Admissions Office at 309-655-2596.
Do I need to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams?
No, we do not require these test results.
What is the required grade-point average to apply?
An overall grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and a grade of "C" or above in each of the pre-nursing courses is required. In addition, a 2.50 GA is required for the two Anatomy & Physiology course. Students must receive at least one grade of "B" and one grade of "C". However, applications are competitive and the grade-point averages of selected applicants are usually higher than 2.50.
Is there a time limit for completion of pre-nursing courses?
There is a recency policy only for the physical/life sciences courses. Science courses (i.e., Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology and Chemistry) completed 10 or more years prior to enrollment in the College of Nursing are not transferable. The courses would need to be repeated.
What is the application fee and required application materials?
The application fee is $50, which is non-refundable. Also required are:
1. Official high school transcript or official score report of the GED.
2. Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
NOTE: All transcripts must be mailed from the other institutions attended directly to the Admissions Office at Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
Is an interview required?
No, but most applicants arrange for an individual visit to the College of Nursing. Also, high school students may schedule a College Day visit. An interview is optional at the request of either the College or the applicant. Please contact the Admissions Office.
Are letters of recommendation required?
No, however, if a student has attended another nursing program and did not complete it, a letter of recommendation is required from the Dean/Director of that nursing program.
How often does the college admit new students?
The College of Nursing admits new students each Fall and Spring semester.
How many new students are admitted each semester?
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing admits 90 new students each Fall and Spring semester.
What is the application deadline date?
Is there a wait list? When do I receive a decision letter?
There is no wait list. Applicants must submit current college transcripts. Completed applications received prior to the application deadline date may be considered for early acceptance notification. Decision letters are mailed by the established selection date for each semester. Applicants not accepted must request in writing that their academic files remain active for a minimum of one year.