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Tuition

When should I apply for Federal student aid?

Students should file their FAFSA as soon as they have completed their application to the program. Once you have been admitted into the program, Student Financial Services will be able to assist with the next steps. Please note that Federal Stafford Loans will not be able to cover the entirety of tuition costs and that additional financial resources, such as private student loans, will be required. 

What does the distance MENP program cost?

There are 21 courses in the distance MENP program, and the cost per credit hour is $845. Typically, this accelerated nursing program requires 71 credit hours and carries a total program cost of $60,000.

Your cost may vary depending on whether you have transfer credits or need additional prerequisite courses before you can begin the program.

There is an additional fee of $450 for the purchase of materials used within your courses to help you learn course content and prepare with confidence to pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

What does the distance ABSN program cost?

There are 15 courses in the distance ABSN program, and the cost per credit hour is $833. Typically, this accelerated nursing program requires 60 credit hours and carries a total program cost of $50,000. 

Your cost may vary depending on whether you have transfer credits or need additional prerequisite courses before you can begin the program.

There is an additional fee of $450 for the purchase of materials used within your courses to help you learn course content and prepare with confidence to pass the NCLEX-RN licensure exam.

Are there any grants or scholarships available for online students?

Elmhurst University does not offer grants or scholarships for the online ABSN and MENP programs. We encourage you to explore opportunities to apply for private scholarships. With the growing demand for more nurses, many scholarships are offered to help encourage more nurses to the profession. In addition to private scholarships, some states, such as Illinois, offer a limited number of nursing scholarships and grants designed to grow the nursing workforce in that state, so you may want to research local options as well. 

Who can I contact if I have any questions about financial aid?

Please reach out to your enrollment advisor, who can help you navigate any financial aid questions you may still have. If you have not already connected with an enrollment advisor, please fill out the form, and a team member will reach out to you.

Are payment plans available for the online programs?

Unfortunately, payment plans are unavailable for the online ABSN and MENP programs due to their accelerated timeline. Please note that full payment is required before the start of each term.

When are tuition payments due?

Full payment is required by the payment deadline. The payment deadline falls on the 15th before the semester starts. For example: August 15 for Fall, January 15 for Spring.

When should I apply for private student loans?

We recommend applying for private loans at least one month before your class starts to have it secured before the payment deadline. Please note that different lenders may have different terms and timelines.

What other types of loans are available?

Online ABSN and MENP students can apply for private loans through certain financial institutions. Please visit ELMSelect for more information on available lenders. In addition to Federal Stafford loans, graduate students enrolled in the online MENP program can apply for a Federal PLUS Loan. Both private loans and Federal PLUS Loans are credit-based and require a credit check.

Admission Requirements

What are the admission requirements for the distance ABSN program?

Your enrollment advisor will help ensure you meet all of the requirements for the distance ABSN. Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university 
  • Minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA 
  • Completion of prerequisite courses

You will need 25 credit hours of prerequisite courses and you must have earned a "C" or better in each with a minimum 2.8 GPA within the science prerequisite courses.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) 
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
  • Microbiology with Lab (4 credits) 
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • General Chemistry with Lab (4 credits)
  • Lifespan Psychology (3 credits)
  • Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)

If you haven’t yet earned credit for these courses, your enrollment advisor will help you with the next steps.

What are the admission requirements for the distance MENP program?

Your enrollment advisor will help to ensure that you meet the requirements for the distance MENP. Admission requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university 
  • 3.2 GPA 
  • Prerequisite courses 

You will need 22 credit hours of prerequisite courses and you must have earned a "C" or better in each. Prerequisites for the MENP program must have been completed within the past five years.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits) 
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits) 
  • General Chemistry with Lab (4 credits) 
  • Microbiology with Lab (4 credits)
  • Intro to Psychology or Sociology (3 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)

If you have not yet earned credit for these courses, your enrollment advisor will help you with the next steps.

Where should I send my transcripts?

Please have all official transcripts sent to our online records team to ensure the quickest processing possible. They may be sent either electronically or via mail. 

If sending electronic transcripts, send to admissionsrecords@onlinedegrees.elmhurst.edu. Please confirm this receiving address when ordering, as many sending institutions have default email addresses in their ordering systems. If sent to an alternate email address, it could create a delay in processing the application. 

If sending transcripts via mail, send to the address below. Please confirm this receiving address when ordering as many sending institutions have default addresses in their ordering systems. If sent to an alternate address or office, it could delay the processing of the application. 

Elmhurst University

Online Records Processing

1933 N Meacham Rd.

Suite 310

Schaumburg, IL 60173

For any questions, please reach out to your enrollment advisor.

How do I start my application?

When you’re ready, visit this page to start your application and schedule an appointment with an enrollment advisor to talk through the application process and any questions you have.

Are Elmhurst University’s distance nursing programs available to students in all states?

The distance ABSN and MENP programs are currently available to students who live in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Mexico, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Is the GRE or MAT required?

No, there is no GRE or MAT test required to apply to the program.

Program Details

Can I apply to the online MENP program if I reside in Cook, DuPage, Kane or Will counties in Illinois?

The Elmhurst University online MENP program is designed for those who reside outside of the Chicagoland area, or are willing to drive outside of the Chicagoland area for their clinical experiences. Students who wish to do their clinical hours at sites located in Cook, DuPage, Kane or Will county should apply for our on-campus MENP program.

Is the MENP coursework 100% online?

All distance MENP coursework is online except for one on-campus residency for two weeks in Elmhurst, IL and nursing clinicals in your local area. During the residency, you will build clinical knowledge and skills through active, hands-on learning in the state-of-the-art Simulation Center.

How long does it take to complete the distance MENP program?

The distance MENP program is an intensive, 20-month program. Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses prior to entering the program.

Is the coursework 100% online?

All distance ABSN coursework is online, with the exception of two on-campus residencies in Elmhurst, IL and nursing clinicals in your local area.

How long does it take to complete the distance ABSN program?

The distance ABSN program is an intensive, 16-month program. Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses prior to entering the program.

Accreditation

Are the distance nursing programs accredited?

The distance ABSN and MENP programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)* and approved by the Illinois Board of Nursing.

Clinical Placement Services

How do I prepare for nursing clinicals?

Your placement coordinator will be with you through the entire process by answering your questions, verifying your clearance requirements and walking you through the nursing clinicals checklist. The checklist details the dress code, clinical tools and professional expectations to ensure your success throughout each placement. 

What are my responsibilities as a student during my clinical?

Your responsibilities will include: 

  • Reviewing objectives and remaining compliant with your clinical requirements throughout the program 
  • Completing daily written objectives and evaluation forms 
  • Reviewing existing clinical protocols and Elmhurst University’s protocols with your faculty
  • Documenting all clinical encounters using a SOAP (Subjective, Objective, Assessment and Plan) format 
  • Ensuring you are always under supervision
How does the clinical placement process work?

The clinical placement team identifies and secures quality placement sites as close as possible to your local community. We manage this process for you so that you’ll have time to focus on your coursework and the core competencies you’ll need to succeed and graduate fully prepared.

What can I expect during my nursing clinicals?

Your clinical portion of the program will begin after the required clinical clearances, background checks and on-campus residency are successfully completed.

Nursing clinicals can require you to work shifts as long as 12 hours. You’ll work under an experienced RN who will coach you throughout the process. During your clinical placements, you’ll gain practical experience by learning assessment skills, care coordination, patient advocacy and much more.

Throughout your clinicals, licensed RNs will serve as student mentors, supervising and guiding your development as a nurse. They will: 

  • Bridge the gap between theory and actual practice 
  • Orient you to the practice setting (key personnel, organization and institutional policies) 
  • Help you plan clinical assignments 
  • Provide supervision and daily feedback 
  • Review and co-sign all documentation in the clinical records
What are nursing clinicals?

Hands-on patient care in clinical settings is a requisite component of a nursing degree. During your clinicals, with the supervision of a licensed RN, you’ll practice what you learned in the online classroom on real patients.

During clinical placements, you’ll have the opportunity to work in various settings and experience an assortment of RN jobs and responsibilities, all while developing your core competencies and expanding your skill set. 

Clinicals are very similar to an internship or being an apprentice; you provide care for real patients, but you benefit from the supervision and guidance of an experienced RN.

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