Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University has been selected by Advocate Health Care as a Preferred Education Program “Preferred Partner.” The program helps match Advocate associates to quality programs and increases the cap on financial assistance that Advocate Health Care offers to associates looking to further their education.

As the largest health system in the state, Advocate Health Care employs nearly 37,000 associates who provide excellence in health care to the residents of Illinois. In granting this status, Advocate Health Care distinguishes Mennonite College of Nursing as a premier college of nursing in the state of Illinois and identifies MCN as a high-quality, preferred option in higher education.

“Advocate Health Care has been a strong partner to Mennonite College of Nursing for many, many years. Under this new partnership, Advocate nurses in good standing are offered education benefits that help eliminate the financial barrier to continuing education. We are proud to be able to offer our Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Nursing Systems Administration programs to Advocate nurses with no out-of-pocket costs after the Advocate Education Benefit has been applied,” states MCN Dean Judy Neubrander.

MCN is dedicated to delivering online programs, like the RN to BSN and the Nursing Systems Administration Master’s, with the same quality and faculty support students, would receive on-campus in the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Family Nurse Practitioner programs.

“Our programs are designed to be flexible, allowing our students to further their education while continuing to work. We understand that for many adults, the decision to further their education is coming from a place of necessity. RN to BSN students come to us because hospitals are actively pushing to increase the number of BSN-prepared nurses in order to maintain Magnet status. Nursing System Administration students are looking to eliminate barriers to career growth. Because of this, we place a huge emphasis on making sure that the education you receive is meaningful,” explains Associate Dean Janeen Mollenhauer.

MCN’s online format is internationally quality-certified through the non-profit organization Quality Matters, and online classes are capped at 30 students. Collaborative academic advisors ensure students are staying on track with requirements, and offer support throughout the learning process. All students, including those that study online, are eligible to be a part of student organizations, including the Student Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau.

Mennonite College of Nursing is currently accepting applications for both spring ’19 and fall ’19 starts. Interested Advocate Health Care nurses can visit the MCN website for more information or access program details via the Advocate employee portal.

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