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About the Program

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Bethel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). 

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX licensure examination for registered nurses.

Mission Statement

The mission of Bethel Nursing is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship and practice that reflects a Christ-like presence as we prepare nurses to serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society.


We value the perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasize caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.

We value the liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.

We value education that is relational, active, and promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We value 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.

We value nursing leadership that influences the quality of health care for all, including vulnerable and underserved populations, within changing local and global health care systems.


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.

To prepare students for lifelong learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.

To express within the nursing profession Christian values 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, nonverbal, and technological means with individuals, families, and communities 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 collaborative leadership to enhance the quality and effectiveness of nursing practice.