Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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Millikin University’s School of Nursing (SON) is pleased to announce the addition of the Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice: Pre-Licensure (MENP-PL) track to its nationally-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program. The MENP-PL track is designed for students who already hold a non-nursing bachelor’s degree and are interested in entering the nursing field.

The track consists of an intensive, fast-paced curriculum delivered in the classroom and in clinical and practical settings five days a week for 24 continuous months. It provides the opportunity for first-time nursing students to enter into nursing study at the graduate level. Successful students are conferred a MSN degree upon graduation and are prepared to take the professional registered nurse licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) as well as the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

“The ongoing nursing shortage and increase in patient complexity requires that the nurse at the bedside be prepared to deliver evidence-based care that improves nurse-sensitive patient outcomes,” remarked Dr. Deborah Slayton, director of Millikin’s SON. “The new MSN track addresses this need and provides an excellent opportunity for highly motivated individuals who desire a career change to enter the nursing profession. “In addition, the high number of health care facilities and employers in the area affords a number of employment options for our students following graduation.”

The MENP-PL track is supported by a $476,000 Congressionally-directed grant awarded last spring to cover start-up costs. The grant provides for additional nursing faculty and staff positions, adjunct faculty support, faculty development, and equipment to enhance instructional, teaching, and research endeavors to support the MENP-PL curriculum.

“Nurses are often the first to care for our children and grandchildren, our parents and other loved ones, but the number of nurses is not keeping pace with the growing healthcare needs of our nation,” said U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a key supporter of the grant and the author of several bills to help ease the nation’s nursing shortage.  “As baby boomers are getting ready to retire, so are almost half of all nurses in America.  The nursing shortage poses a significant threat to the ability of our health care system to deliver quality care.  This grant is designed to strike at the heart of the nursing shortage by giving colleges the resources they need to train more nurses.” 

Millikin’s SON is the first school in Illinois outside of Chicago and one of only ten schools in the Midwest to offer a MENP-PL option for prospective students. 

"Building upon the excellence of Millikin University's existing SON programs, the MENP-PL is yet another example of meeting the needs of the region for quality healthcare and for providing access for skill and career development to adult learners within a field that has great employment potential,” remarked Millikin President Douglas Zemke.

Slayton calls the MENP-PL “a wise investment both in time and money” for individuals interested in switching to a career in nursing. “An individual who already holds a non-nursing baccalaureate degree would generally be able to complete Millikin’s MENP-PL track in less time and with less expense than a student returning to school to complete a bachelor of science in nursing degree in its entirety,” she said. An additional benefit is that students in Millikin’s program earn a graduate degree which provides for additional opportunities to qualify for student loans.”

The first MENP-PL class will begin in July 2010. Applications are available online at or by calling 217.424.6348. Students must have completed specific undergraduate pre-requisites in the natural and social sciences prior to program entry. More information on MENP-PL is available online at Housing options are available to students enrolled in the program.

Millikin University’s nursing undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. Nursing students combine classroom education with clinical and practice experiences under the supervision of nursing faculty at more than 34 affiliate agencies.  In recent years, 100 percent of Millikin nursing graduates have found employment or attended graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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