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Bachelor of Science

Bethel’s RN to B.S.N. program will provide you with top-notch nursing education and hands-on experience so that you’re ready to give your patients excellent, evidence-based care. This program requires you have an unencumbered US RN license. If you are not a registered nurse, check out our pre-licensure nursing program.

To earn an undergraduate degree from Bethel, you will need a total of 122 credits. The listed number of required credits is based on a minimum of 60 transfer credits from previous professional, military, or educational experiences.

If you are applying with fewer credits, your enrollment counselor can help explore options for obtaining additional credits.


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


  • 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)

    Exploration of the scope of professional nursing practice and nursing roles using ethical principles and Christian perspectives in the changing healthcare environment. Identification of the future of professional nursing and development of a personal philosophy of nursing.

    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 (NURS425)

    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)

    Learners apply leadership theories and analyze nursing leadership roles in providing and coordinating client care with the incorporation of ethical principles, Christian perspectives and professional standards. Professional growth is evidenced through reflection on leadership, educational and professional experiences. Synthesis of professional experience and evidence are used to support positions on current nursing practice issues.

    3 credits

  • Management in Nursing (NURS486)

    Management theories and concepts to influence healthcare change. Incorporation of ethical principles, Christian perspectives, professional standards, and management principles to influence organizations. Synthesis of nursing management, educational and professional experiences through reflection on professional growth. Application of financial and legal concepts of management. Strategies for conflict management, teamwork and communication.

    3 credits

  • Clinical Care Change Project (NURS495)

    Improvement of nursing care by creation of a solution to a clinical issue. Definition of a clinical problem with rationale for change. Synthesis of evidence-based research principles in the implementation of a change project. Collaboration and communication in the management of a clinical change project.

    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.

    CORE Courses

    • 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

    • 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

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.


All Bethel nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


Bethel University cannot confirm whether courses or programs meet requirements for professional licensure in states outside of Minnesota. Students should contact their program's licensing bureau to determine whether Bethel's program meets requirements for licensure in their state.