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Bachelor of Science

Our nursing program will provide you with a top-notch education with hands-on experience so that you’re ready to give your patients excellent, evidence-based care.

This program requires you have your RN license. If you are not a registered nurse, check out our pre-licensure nursing program.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.

Face to Face

Face to Face Daytime

You'll meet during the day at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Face to Face Evening

You'll meet during the evening at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Courses start every 6 weeks. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

10 months


  • Examining Crucial Questions (CORE330)

    Summary of the Christian biblical narrative. Identification of the roles of scripture, history, experience, and reason as they form convictions related to social and ethical issues. Examination of selected theological concepts using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, as well as the application of those concepts to real life situations.

    3 credits

  • Ethical Theory and Applied Nursing Ethics (NURS330H)

    Introduction to ethical theory and the language needed to discuss relevant ethical healthcare issues. Exploration of current ethical issues faced in healthcare settings, including potential outcomes, the role of the nurse, application of professional ethical codes, and differing viewpoints. Development of empathy for, respect of, and insight into differing ethical opinions.

    3 credits

  • The Professional Nurse (NURS365)

    Examination of professional nursing foundations including nursing history, theory, and the nursing process. Analysis of the personal and collective impact of the baccalaureate nurse including public advocacy, spiritual care, nursing trends, and political systems. Development of a personal philosophy of nursing, incorporating spiritual beliefs and vision for future professional career.

    3 credits

  • Public Health Nursing (NURS400)

    Population-focused principles, ethical principles and Christian perspectives in at-risk population care. Critical analysis of health disparities, barriers to adequate healthcare, and community resources for improving health equity. Evaluation of evidence-based public health nursing interventions to address health disparities in a given population. Demonstration of effective verbal, electronic and written communication.

    3 credits

  • Public Health Nursing Clinical (NURS401)

    Identification of disease prevalence, distribution, and control in a population, including environmental, protective, and risk factors. Evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities. Demonstration of ethical principles and Christian perspectives in at-risk population care. Application of public health nursing competencies and effective communication skills through virtual/real-world clinical experience.

    3 credits

  • Nursing Informatics (NURS410)

    Exploration of the history, essential concepts, and use of information systems and patient care technologies in the healthcare environment. Identification of patient privacy and the use of software applications in nursing.

    3 credits

  • Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (NURS425E)

    Study of culture and its impact on providing culturally appropriate nursing care. Assessment of patients and families using a transcultural nursing model. Analysis of societal issues, cultural beliefs and practices that impact the healthcare of culturally diverse patients. Integrating Christian perspectives and cultural understanding into the care of patients and families.

    3 credits

  • Introduction to Research and Evidence-Based Practice (NURS435)

    Introduction to the steps of the research process and types of research. Development of a practice question related to nursing practice. Discussion of ethical principles and Christian perspectives in human subjects' research.

    3 credits

  • Application of Research to Practice (NURS436)

    Demonstration of critical thinking in evaluating research and other evidence for application to nursing practice. Development of a summary of findings related to a practice question. Recommendations for practice from the evidence. Integration of ethical principles and Christian perspectives into evidence-based nursing practice.

    3 credits

  • Leadership in Nursing (NURS485)

    Exploration and application of nursing leadership concepts and theories utilized in the delivery of healthcare. Development of leadership attributes associated with professional nursing roles. Examination of personal leadership qualities and development of skills used in healthcare leadership.

    3 credits

  • Nursing Management (NURS486)

    Exploration and application of nursing leadership concepts and theories used in management roles in the delivery of healthcare. Identification of current nursing issues associated with management in healthcare settings including legal, ethical, financial, and scope of practice for the professional nurse.

    3 credits

  • Clinical Care Change Project (NURS495)

    Application of leadership concepts and evidence-based practice to a Clinical Care Change project. Emphasis on expansion of nursing's professional sphere of influence through nursing project development, assessment, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis on baccalaureate nursing role synthesis using critical thinking, data and technology, evidence-based findings, and principles of leadership.

    3 credits

  • Core Distinctives

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    Select two of the following:

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

The nursing degree-completion program is designed for working nurses who need a predictable schedule. Before the program begins, we'll provide you with a program calendar so you’ll know when your classes begin and end.

Mission and Values

The mission of the nursing department is to provide leadership through outcomes of nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflect a Christ-like presence in the preparation of nurses who serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society. We value:

  • The liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.
  • The perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasizes caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.
  • Nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.
  • Nursing leadership that influences the quality of healthcare within changing local and global healthcare systems.
  • Education that is relational and active and that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.

Nursing Department Goals

  1. To prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured nursing positions, and with the background necessary for advanced education.
  2. To prepare students for lifelong learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
  3. To demonstrate within the nursing profession Christian values and leadership through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Baccalaureate Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate nursing knowledge, the liberal arts, and a Christian worldview to fulfill nursing roles.
  2. Promote client health in a culturally relevant manner through collaborative processes.
  3. Provide competent care and meaningful comfort to clients who are healthy, ill, or dying.
  4. Use critical thinking, health care information technology, and evidence-based findings to make decisions that promote safety and quality and improve client health outcomes.
  5. Communicate through verbal, non-verbal, and technological means with individuals, families, communities, and systems to achieve mutually determined health outcomes.
  6. Advocate to increase access to health care and to promote justice for underserved clients.
  7. Conduct self as a member of the nursing profession by integrating Christian values, professional standards, and ethical perspectives.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to service of others, effective stewardship of resources, personal growth, and lifelong learning.
  9. Demonstrate collaborative leadership to enhance the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice.


In addition to your coursework, you'll also take part in clinicals or clinical projects. These experiences will expand your understanding of professional nursing roles and issues. That's why we design them with attention to each student's background so you're not repeating what you already know. We will work with you to develop manageable clinical or clinical project experiences.

RN to M.S. Bridge Program

If you're an RN with a bachelor's degree in a major other than nursing, you can enroll in our bridge program for either the M.S. in Nurse Educator or M.S. in Nurse Midwifery. Check out all the details about those options, including our prerequisite bachelor's courses that will prepare you for the master's program.


All Bethel nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): 655 K St. NW., Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202.887.6791.

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