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Bethel’s Post-Baccalaureate Nursing program trains students to provide holistic care infused with compassion, integrity, and excellence. Coursework prepares students to practice in entry-level professional nursing positions in all types of healthcare agencies, and graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX® licensure examination for registered nurses. This program requires that you already possess a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field.

Blended

Partially Online

Courses will be a mix of online and face to face sessions. You'll complete over half of your coursework online.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Summer 2020

Total Credits

50

Finish in as Few as

15 months

Courses

  • Practicum I: Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (NURS305)

    Provision of holistic care for individuals in various health/illness states. Utilize beginning critical thinking skills to implement the nursing process in healthcare settings.

    1 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS310;NURS325

  • Practicum II: Adult Nursing (NURS306)

    Provision of holistic care for adults and older adults in various health/illness states. Application of critical thinking skills and evidence to the implementation of the nursing process in healthcare settings.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS311;NURS326;NURS350

  • Practicum III: Mental Health Nursing (NURS307)

    Provision of holistic care for individuals with mental health needs. Application of critical thinking skills and evidence to the implementation of the nursing process in mental health settings.

    1 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS331;NURS351

  • Skills I: Health Assessment & Fundamentals of Nursing Practice (NURS310)

    Development of beginning nursing skills to promote health and manage illness, within the context of the nursing process. This course is a laboratory course.

    4 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS305;NURS325

  • Skills II: Adult Nursing (NURS311)

    Development of nursing skills to promote health and manage illness for adults and older adults, within the context of the nursing process. This course is a laboratory course.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS306;NURS326;NURS350

  • Pathophysiology (NURS325)

    Exploration of the physiologic basis for manifestations of altered structure and function. Differences in physiologic responses to health and illness in diverse populations across the lifespan are addressed from a nursing perspective.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS305;NURS310

  • Pharmacology for Nursing (NURS326)

    Exploration of the principles of pharmacotherapy to promote health and manage illness from a patient-centered perspective for diverse populations across the lifespan.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS306;NURS311;NURS350

  • Mental Health Nursing (NURS331)

    Overview of mental health issues of individuals throughout the lifespan, in the context of families and communities.

    2 credits

  • Adult Nursing I (NURS350)

    Examination of the nursing care related to adults and older adults experiencing selected acute, chronic, and/or potential health issues. Application of theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practice considerations to holistic nursing care.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS306;NURS311;NURS326

  • Adult Nursing II (NURS351)

    Examination of the nursing care of adults and older adults experiencing selected acute, chronic, and/or potential health issues. Application of theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practice considerations to holistic nursing care. This course is a continuation of NURS 350.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS307;NURS331

  • Nursing Ethics (NURS405)

    Application of ethical inquiry to current ethical issues in healthcare settings with a focus on the role of the nurse.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS420;NURS445

  • Pediatric and Maternity Nursing (NURS422)

    Examination of the nursing care of pediatric and maternity patients and families. Application of theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practice considerations to holistic nursing care.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS405;NURS445

  • Population-Based Nursing (NURS440)

    Exploration of population-focused nursing care with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations. Includes epidemiological consideration.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS446

  • Practicum IV: Pediatric and Maternity Nursing (NURS445)

    Provision of holistic care for pediatric and maternity patients and families. Application of critical thinking skills and evidence to the implementation of the nursing process in pediatric and maternity settings.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS405;NURS420

  • Practicum V: Population-Based Nursing (NURS446)

    Provision of population-based nursing care with an emphasis on diverse and underserved populations. Application of public health competencies and theories in population-based settings.

    2 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS440

  • Practicum VI: Capstone (NURS447)

    Provision of comprehensive nursing care to patients with complex health needs. Synthesis of critical thinking, leadership skills, evidence, and professional standards to manage care and improve health outcomes.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS450;NURS460

  • Leadership Development (NURS450)

    Application of the leadership role in preparation to enter the professional nursing workforce. Integration of critical thinking, evidence, leadership and management principles, and professional standards in professional practice.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS447;NURS460

  • Skills III: Nursing Synthesis (NURS460)

    A focus on the transition from the student role to the role of the professional nurse. Synthesis of critical thinking, leadership skills, evidence, and professional standards to manage care in complex clinical situations. This course is a laboratory course.

    3 credits

    Corequisite Course: NURS447;NURS450

  • Introduction to Statistics (PSYC335)

    Basic descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics will be covered. As time permits, more advanced topics of ANOVA, multiple regression, ANCOVA, meta-analysis, and factor analysis will be introduced. Learners will perform analyses using a computerized statistical package, and primary emphasis will be placed on understanding the concepts and interpreting results correctly.

    3 credits

Intensives and Clinicals

During the program's three skills courses, seven skills intensives are held at the nursing skills and simulation lab on Bethel's campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Each intensive is two to three days long.

During the program’s six practicum courses, students complete 500 clinical hours at clinical agencies in the Twin Cities area. This includes hospital units, transitional care units, and population/community settings. Students work with diverse patients across the lifespan—maternal/newborn, pediatrics (infants to teens), adults, and older adults—and care for individuals, families, and communities, addressing holistic needs including health promotion/disease prevention and acute and chronic illnesses. Simulation and on-campus clinical experiences are also a part of the practicum courses.

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.

Accreditation

This baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bethel University is pending approval by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).