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Admission Process and Prerequisites

Nursing Program Participation Requirements

Application to the nursing program is a 2-step process.

  1. Students need to be admitted to the University (may apply online).
  2. Students submit an application to the nursing program through the Nursing Department.

Program Admissions Timeline

Applications are available from the Nursing Department starting in March of the student's first year. Admission decisions are made mid-fall of the student's sophomore year and accepted applicants start the nursing program spring semester (early February) of their sophomore year.

Admission to the nursing program is once per year. Up to 90 students are accepted into a class. 

Application Materials

  • Complete the 1-page application form (available through the Department of Nursing).
  • Write a 2-4 page paper addressing specific questions from the application form that help you express your interest in our nursing program.
  • Submit 2 references: at least one from a college-level professor, the other one from another professor or a work supervisor.
  • Submit nursing department health forms, showing documentation of an up-to-date physical exam and current immunizations.

Prerequisite Courses

Science Prerequisites

  • General Biology and Lab (BIO118/118D), 4 credits
  • Clinical Anatomy and Lab (BIO224/225), 4 credits
  • Clinical Physiology and Lab (BIO226/227), 4 credits
  • Clinical Microbiology and Lab (BIO230/231), 4 credits
  • Introduction to Chemistry and Lab (CHE101/101D), 4 credits

Other Prerequisites

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY100), 3 credits
  • Lifespan Development (PSY203), 3 credits
  • Introduction to Healthcare and Health Professions (HAS110), 3 credits
  • Applied Nutrition (HAS170), 3 credits

General Education Prerequisites

  • Christianity in Western Culture (GES130), 4 credits
  • Inquiry Seminar (GES160), 3 credits
  • Biblical studies requirement (BIB101, THE201, or "J" course), 3 credits

To apply, a student's cumulative Bethel GPA and science prerequisite GPA must be 2.75 or better. Transfer students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.85 for all college-level courses prior to admittance to Bethel.

Early Admit Option

High school seniors with an ACT score of 26 or higher have an opportunity for early admittance into the nursing program. 

Incoming transfer students that meet the following four criteria have an opportunity for early/direct admittance into the nursing program:

  1. ACT score of 26 or higher, or TEAS test score of advanced or higher
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher
  3. Science GPA of 2.25 or higher
  4. Sciences must be completed within the past 5 years, without any retakes

Please contact Joy Genung, nursing admissions coordinator, at 651.638.6145 or j-genung@bethel.edu


For additional questions related to admission to Bethel’s nursing program, please contact Joy Genung, nursing admissions coordinator, at 651.638.6145 or j-genung@bethel.edu.

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