Nursing is about more than showing compassion. It’s about improving the health of our nation and the world.
The Department of Nursing prepares nurses who will provide a Christ-like presence in healthcare settings locally and around the world. You’ll gain leadership skills in nursing practice and education so you’re ready to serve a diverse and changing society with excellence.
Majors, Minors, and Programs
FEB 10 2017
4 p.m. Benson Great Hall
Celebrate with sophomores who will be receiving their white coat and be accepted into the Undergrad Nursing Program
APR 20 2017
5 p.m. Bethel University
Advancing nursing through innovative change and collaboration
Integration of Christian Faith and Nursing Practice
Our Department of Nursing enjoys state-of-the-art labs, cross-cultural service opportunities, and access to master's degrees in nursing and nurse-midwifery right here at Bethel, making us an exceptional school to prepare for a nursing career. We're distinct because we blend Christian faith into nursing practice and help you develop skills in critical thinking and communication to care for patients in a variety of settings. In our nursing program, excellence is about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.
The majority of our full-time faculty have doctoral degrees
Pre-nursing science courses taught by Bethel's highly respected Chemistry and Biology faculty
Proven track record
We have a strong reputation in the region for preparing high quality nurses. In 2014, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our nursing program.
Early admit option
High school seniors with an ACT score of 26 or higher have an opportunity for early admittance into the nursing program.
Our program has strong relationships with over 30 clinical agencies, including all major health systems in the Twin Cities area and more than 7 public health departments. Our nursing students gain experience in all areas of nursing, including both pediatrics and obstetrics.
Our state-of-the-art nursing complex includes 2 skills labs and 3 life-like simulation labs. Here, students experience the nurse’s role in a controlled situation, which prepares them for nursing practice.
The majority of our full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees. Many of our clinical faculty actively practice in a variety of specialty areas. Several have significant international experience and speak another language in addition to English.
Nursing majors develop cultural sensitivity and competence serving diverse and vulnerable populations in community agencies.
Students may have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty and present posters in our annual Nursing Research & Practice Symposium. Student organizations include the Bethel Student Nurse Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship and Chi-At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
Thanks to generous donors who partner with Bethel to develop Christian nurses, we’re able to offer a number of scholarships just for nursing majors.
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.David McPherson, Ph.D. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.Eva Rodelius '10
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.Brianna Menning '06
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
What can I do with a nursing major?
Nursing students prepare for careers as nurses in a wide variety of settings and provide patient support that goes far beyond bedside care.
Our graduates work in:
- Acute care facilities
- Emergency rooms
- Home care
- Hospice and palliative care
- Mental health settings
- Intensive care units
- Long-term care facilities
- Public health agencies
- Research facilities
Our alumni have attended:
- Bethel’s Graduate School
- Harvard School of Public Health
- Emory University
- Georgetown University
- University of Minnesota
- Marquette University
- Minneapolis School of Anesthesia
- South Dakota State University
- University of Wisconsin
Our alumni study:
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Clinical Specialties
- Nursing Practice
- Nurse Practitioner
- Public Health Nursing
- Nursing Education
- Nursing Leadership