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
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.
# 1 Top declared major for this year's incoming class
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.
My experience at Bethel University was an enjoyable and challenging one. The program and professors at Bethel gave me a broader view of nursing and helped prepare me for a better career. I'm forever grateful for the training I received.Manny Smith '13
Current job: Nurse Manager
Bethel's nursing program provides many amazing opportunities! As an undergraduate, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Sandau on research in cardiac monitoring. I met several incredible leaders in nursing research, and had some of my interviews published.Hannah Peller '11
most recent RN job: Cardiovascular Care, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, WI
Bethel has strongly prepared me to be an ambassador for Christ in my career as a nurse. The foundation of solid nursing skills and knowledge has prepared me well in caring for my patients and their families.Daniel Luthi '13
Current job: RN, BSN - Registered Nurse
Bethel gave me an exceptional foundation in nursing. Emphasis was placed on providing holistic, quality care. Upon graduation I was well prepared for bedside nursing as well as pursuing an advanced practice, doctoral degree.Charitey (Rowden) Robar '10
Current job: Staff Nurse, University of Missouri Hospital- Medical Intensive Care Unit
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