Post-baccalaureate nursing

Post-Baccalaureate Nursing (B.S.N.) Program

Bachelor of Science

With a B.S. in Nursing, you’ll learn how to care for the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

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15-20 months

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Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program enables students who’ve already earned their bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field to prepare for a career in nursing. During this accelerated pre-licensure program, students gain the credentials, experience, and critical thinking skills necessary to practice in entry-level professional nursing positions in all types of healthcare agencies.

Program Details

Through Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program, you’ll learn how to provide meaningful care that promotes the health of people from diverse families, communities, and systems. Courses are offered in a blended format, meaning you’ll experience a mix of online and in-person learning. Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to apply for the NCLEX® licensure exam for registered nurses.  

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Program Highlights

Leading the way

Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program is one of only a few in Minnesota—and in the Midwest.

Eligibility for licensure

You’ll be eligible to apply to take the NCLEX® licensure examination for registered nurses.

Faith-based approach

Along with strong nursing education, our program provides you with a strong foundation of Christian values that will equip you to practice compassionate patient care.

Compassionate faculty

Bethel nursing faculty care about students. They love to serve as mentors and meet students wherever they’re at in life, education, and career.

Designed to meet your needs

Created especially for people with a bachelor’s degree who are looking to transition to a career in nursing, our post-baccalaureate nursing program offers a learning environment that fits into the lives of busy adults.

Accelerated preparation

With your bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field, you’ll spend just 15-20 months in our accelerated nursing program. You’ll be prepared to practice as an entry-level professional nurse in all types of healthcare agencies.

Recent News

Bethel’s New Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Lab Brings Key Training Space for Aspiring Nurses

Leaders in Bethel’s post-bacc nursing program are thrilled to open the new Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Lab later this month. The new space allows the program to add a second cohort, doubling the number of students in the program. And it will provide essential learning spaces for adult students who are returning to school to seek a career change to nursing.

August 08, 2023 | 11:45 a.m.

Empowered to Follow Her Heart

Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing staff and faculty helped recent graduate Kristen Kirk CAPS’22 land her dream job with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

February 28, 2023 | 9:30 a.m.

First Cohort Graduates from Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program

On August 6, 18 students participated in Bethel’s very first pinning ceremony for its post-baccalaureate nursing program. This 15-month program allows students who already have a bachelor’s degree in any field to earn a bachelor of science in nursing.

August 11, 2021 | 9 a.m.

Upcoming Events

AUG 9 2024

Pinning Ceremony of the Post-Bacc Nursing Class of 2024

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Join us for the Post-Baccalaureate Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony to honor our graduating cohort.

OCT 12 2024

40th Anniversary Celebration of Bethel University Nursing

9:30 a.m. Lakeside Center Chapel (formerly Seminary Chapel)

A celebration of the past, present, and future of Bethel University Nursing!

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Post-baccalaureate nursing class at Bethel University

Now more than ever, our world needs compassionate and knowledgeable healthcare providers. Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program offers you the unique opportunity to meet that need, live out your calling, and step into a new career in nursing—regardless of the field in which you earned your bachelor’s degree. With compassionate professors who teach from a faith-based perspective, you’ll find an environment that both challenges and supports you as you prepare to care for patients with compassion, integrity, and skill.


of all recent undergrad alumni work in health care

- U.S. Census Bureau


Minnesota's bachelor's degree nurses graduated from Bethel


recent graduates are employed or continuing their education

- Bethel CAPS Alumni Survey

Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a nursing degree?

After Bethel’s post-baccalaureate nursing program, you’ll leave with a bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N) and the competencies you need to succeed in entry-level nursing positions.


Learn how to:

  • Think critically
  • Apply research to patient care
  • Make informed clinical decisions
  • Understand the role of professional nursing practice
  • Focus on underserved populations
  • Examine the impact of culture on health and illness
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Communicate effectively


Our graduates work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Speciality care units
  • Public health agencies
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Emergency care settings
  • Home care
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Missions
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Medical device companies


Our graduates work at places like:

  • Allina Health
  • M Health Fairview
  • Children's Minnesota
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin Healthcare
  • North Memorial Health
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