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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

Nursing Major

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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.


years preparing nurses

Pre-nursing science courses taught by Bethel's highly respected Chemistry and Biology faculty

Program Highlights

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 or a TEAS exam score of advanced or higher have an opportunity for early admittance into the nursing program. 

Clinical opportunities

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 4 life-like simulation labs. Here, students experience the nurse’s role in a controlled situation, which prepares them for nursing practice.

Faculty credentials

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.

Cross-cultural learning

Nursing majors develop cultural sensitivity and competence serving diverse and vulnerable populations in community agencies.

Unique opportunities

Students may have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty. 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.

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
  • Missions
  • Public health agencies
  • Research facilities
  • Schools

Graduate Schools

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

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Clinical Specialties
  • Nursing Practice
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse-Midwifery
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing Leadership

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