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Nursing

The right major matters.

The Nursing Program at MacMurray College is among the few professional training programs in Central Illinois providing baccalaureate nursing education at a college with a strong liberal arts tradition.

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With more than 30 years of educating nurses, MacMurray is well-known and respected by area medical facilities. Small class sizes and diverse clinical experience all add to the unique MacMurray nursing experience.

MacMurray's program of study leading to a baccalaureate degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is approved by the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the national examination for licensure as a registered nurse (NCLEX-RN) and are prepared for ongoing graduate study for advanced nursing roles.

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Opportunities for Students

Clinical Experiences

As a nursing major at MacMurray, you'll have the opportunity for approximately 700 hours of clinical experience in scores of hospitals and community health-care agencies in Jacksonville, Springfield, and elsewhere in the region.

Hospitals providing experiences for MacMurray nursing students are Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville and Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital in Springfield, or you could have experiences in a variety of community agencies, such as county health departments, home health-care agencies, nursing homes, community health clinics, and alcohol and substance abuse treatment centers.

The Barnum Randall Nursing Technology Center

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The Nursing Technology Center, located in the Springer Center for Nursing on the MacMurray campus, has high- and medium-fidelity simulators that give you the opportunity to safely and securely practice the complex and unpredictable critical situations you will meet in your first nursing position.

Through the simulators and the one-on-one teaching of the MacMurray Nursing faculty, you'll receive immediate feedback and essential debriefing after each simulated patient encounter. Typically, you'll simulate such situations several times each semester, so you'll be ready for most situations that come your way at your practicum and as a licensed nurse.

After Graduation

Graduates are prepared to take the national examination for licensure (NCLEX-RN) to become licensed as registered nurses and to enter graduate study for advanced nursing roles.

Our recent graduates have gone into roles as staff nurses in acute care clinical settings, caring for patients in medical-surgical, pediatrics, intensive care, emergency, psychiatric, and maternal-child settings.

In recent years, almost all MacMurray Nursing graduates have found employment by the time they graduate at such places as Memorial Health Systems and St. John's Hospital, both in Springfield, IL; Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville, IL; Barnes Children's Hospital in St. Louis, and Saint Louis University Hospital.

Coursework

Learn more about Nursing courses and how to pursue a major in Nursing through our catalog.