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Bethel's B.S. in Nursing is for students who are passionate about caring for the health of others. You’ll gain a mastery of technical knowledge and critical thinking, competence in nursing theory and process, and skilled use of evidence-based practice. You’ll learn how to combine the knowledge and skill of nursing with service provided in a compassionate, Christ-like manner.

Why should I study nursing?

The B.S. in Nursing program is designed for students who desire to work closely with individuals, families, and communities to promote health and provide care for illness and end of life. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX® licensure examination (for registered nurses).

What can I do with this degree?

Our graduates are nurses in a variety of settings:

  • Hospitals in a variety of units including specialty-care units such as mental health, intensive care, labor and delivery
  • Public health agencies
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Emergency care settings
  • Home care
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Missions
  • Businesses, such as pharmaceuticals and medical devices

Our nurses have completed graduate school for Advanced Practice Nursing Roles (APRN):

Our nurses have completed graduate school to specialize in the following areas:

  • Nursing Education (M.S.)
  • Leadership (such as MBA)
  • Research (Ph.D)

What skills will I develop?

You’ll gain all of the necessary skills for beginning nursing practice. In addition, with your liberal arts foundation here at Bethel, you’ll become a well-rounded nurse, able to:

  • Think critically
  • Utilize evidence based on research
  • Make decisions in ethically challenging situations
  • Communicate to a diverse population of individuals
  • Understand the complexities of the health care system
  • Integrate your Christian faith with nursing practice

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Community Engagement

As part of the undergraduate curriculum, students participate in community engagement experiences. A group of students are assigned to a community agency and work together with community partners to plan health related activities. Students are assigned to the same community agency throughout their five semesters in the nursing program. Many of these agencies serve multicultural populations or groups that are vulnerable or socially disadvantaged.

Bethel Student Nurse Association (BSNA)

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in serving your fellow student nurses, the Bethel community, and our local community through engaging events and projects.

Study Abroad

Nursing majors have the opportunity to participate in Bethel University study abroad experiences.  

Work with Faculty

Our students have worked directly with faculty members, conducting research on topics in the nursing field. At other times, students have assisted with developing articles for publication or in making presentations with faculty.


healthcare organizations in the Twin Cities that Bethel is connected to

The majority of our full-time faculty have doctoral degrees

Upcoming Events

FEB 10 2023

Dedication Ceremony of the Nursing Class of 2025

4 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Dedication Ceremony of the College of Arts & Sciences Nursing Class of 2025

FEB 15 2023

Nursing Department Job Fair - Students

4 p.m. The Underground

An opportunity for nursing students to network and learn about future employment opportunities.

FEB 15 2023

Nursing Department Job Fair - Employers

4 p.m. The Underground

An opportunity for employers to showcase their organization to traditional undergraduate nursing students.

MAY 26 2023

Pinning Ceremony of the Nursing Class of 2023

3 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Pinning Ceremony of the College of Arts & Sciences Nursing Class of 2023