Nursing Overview

Greenville College's Nursing Program

The purpose of the nursing program curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare students for admission into a clinical program that will complete the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The prerequisites for a clinical nursing program are completed at Greenville College.

The nursing program also allows students to have the full college experience complete with participation in sports if desired, and the flexibility to explore other academic areas of interest.

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing has a nursing program partnership with Greenville College to facilitate select students to complete an accelerated, (3-year bachelor's in biology from GC followed by an accelerated bachelor's in nursing from SIUE. They can complete both degrees in as little as 4-1/2 years.) This is not the only way. Students can complete the full four years at Greenville as well.

St. John's Hospital in Springfield has a service-oriented program. Another possibility would be an accelerated nursing program (12-15 months) designed for students who have already completed a college degree. Saint Louis University is the closest school offering this type of training. 

Students interested in receiving an Associate of Nursing program alongside their Bachelor of Arts in Biology do so through co-enrollment at Greenville College and Kaskaskia College.  

Our nursing program allows students to enter the nursing profession upon graduating with their selected nursing degree as well as their Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Greenville College.

The Nursing Career

The profession of nursing with the designation of registered nurse, can be attained by passing the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) after graduating from an accredited program. Approved programs are available at many educational levels including diploma programs, Associate degree programs, Bachelor programs, and even Master programs. The Associate Degree of Nursing degree typically takes two years, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree takes four years, and the Master of Science Degree in Nursing can take a variable amount of time depending on the program.

Liberal Arts Education

Some of the advantages for completing preliminary work at a liberal arts college are:

  • An education of the whole person gives a nurse a better understanding of themselves and their role in the world.
  • A better understanding of people from a broad perspective gives the nurse a better understanding of patients.
  • A liberal arts education gives the nurse windows of opportunity for relating with patients in areas other than their problem.
  • The science learned is broad-based science that can be used in areas other than the nursing field.
  • The Greenville emphasis on building servant leaders provides an excellent model for the nursing career.
  • The Christ who Greenville honors is the best model of a healer.


Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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Career Opportunities

  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Neonatal Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner 
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