Nursing Department Celebration

Nursing Department 30th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 4 | 10-10:45 a.m.
Benson Great Hall, Community Life Center, 1st level
Join us for a program celebrating the 30th anniversary of nursing at Bethel.

Nursing Department Open House

Saturday, October 4 | 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nursing Department, Hagstrom Center, 2nd level
Tour the nursing labs, classrooms, and faculty areas and celebrate the growth of this rapidly expanding department.
Free, all are welcome

Nursing Class of 1984 30-year Reunion Gathering

Saturday, October 4 | 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Eastlund Room, Community Life Center, 2nd level
The undergrad nursing Class of 1984 will get together to reminisce, reconnect, and celebrate. A light continental breakfast will be served. Price: $7.50/person, pay that morning by cash or check. RSVP by September 22 to Barb Wilde Hoglund at

Celebrating 30 Years of Educating Nurses

In 1979, a proposal was presented at Bethel College to develop a B.A. in Nursing program. The first nursing majors arrived on campus in fall 1980. Thirty years ago, in 1984, the 46 students in the first nursing class graduated from Bethel. Today, Bethel University’s nursing program has 23 full-time faculty, 5 office and lab staff, numerous adjunct faculty, and state-of the art nursing labs and classrooms. Bethel offers quality nursing education for pre-licensure, degree completion, and graduate nursing students. Up to 90 pre-licensure students begin the traditional nursing program each year in the College of Arts & Sciences. There are 7 new cohorts of degree completion nursing students beginning throughout the year in the College of Adult & Professional Studies. The graduate nursing program, part of Bethel’s Graduate School, offers concentrations focusing on the nurse educator and nurse leader roles. The newest graduate nursing program, a master’s in nurse-midwifery, is expected to begin in August 2014.

Bethel University nursing faculty and students attempt to distinguish themselves from other nursing programs by integrating Christian faith into the practice of nursing. Our ultimate purpose is to bring glory to God by educating students who will serve Jesus Christ across the globe throughout their nursing careers. As alum of the nursing program can attest, the faculty values each student as a unique individual. The staff and faculty believe that the nature of our nursing faculty-nursing student relationships contributes to the educational and professional successes of our alum. The department is proud of its heritage and looks forward to celebrating its 30th anniversary while looking ahead to an exciting future!