B.S. in Nursing

The nursing major is offered through the Bethel University Department of Nursing and is administered through the College of Adult & Professional Studies. The College of Adult & Professional Studies nursing major is for registered nurses who have obtained initial preparation in an associate degree or diploma program.

The curriculum is designed to meet the following goals:

  • To prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional 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 and leadership through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Clinical assignments support classroom learning and are made with attention to each student’s background in relation to course objectives. Clinical assignments are in addition to weekly classes.

The B.S. degree in Nursing at Bethel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Progression and Graduation

To progress in the program and graduate, the student must meet Bethel University requirements for academic progress. In addition to graduation requirements common to all undergraduate programs at Bethel, students in nursing must:

  • Earn a grade of C or better in each nursing course and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher. This indicates satisfactory achievement of objectives and completion of course requirements.
  • Function in a safe and ethical manner.
  • Demonstrate character and professional dedication consistent with the role and responsibility of the professional nurse.

Further details on departmental policies and procedures are described in the Nursing Program CAPS Student Handbook.

Program Performance Standards

Nursing is a practice discipline. All nursing students must demonstrate a wide variety of cognitive, interpersonal, and motor skills. A list of core program performance standards is available from the nursing department. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to eligible students who can demonstrate need based on a qualifying disability in accordance with the applicable law. Students seeking reasonable accommodations must request them in a timely manner in order to avoid scheduling delays. A minimum of 30 days advance notice prior to the start of the academic term is required because of the complex nature of clinical and intensive courses. Consultation related to reasonable accommodations is available through the Office of Disability Resources and Services.

Majors in Nursing

CORE300 • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives. 3 Credits.

An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CORE310 • Scripture and Society. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the Christian scriptures as a resource for responding to contemporary challenges facing humanity. The course will provide a broad understanding of complexities in interpreting sacred texts, major narratives of the Christian scriptures, and ways those narratives speak into ethical and social issues.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5, 6. Special Notes: Prior completion of CORE300 highly recommended. Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CORE320 • History, Faith and Society. 3 Credits.

An exploration of historical expressions of the Christian faith from the 4th-20th centuries with a focus on its influence on the present. A look at selected historical events and the lessons they provide for understanding theological concepts and selected social issues, and their impact on the role of religious communities today.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5, 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above. Prior completion of CORE300 and CORE310 highly recommended.

NURS300 • Nursing in the Acute Care Setting. 4 Credits.

Integration of concepts and theories from the liberal arts and nursing needed to implement the nursing process, carry out nursing roles, improve client outcomes, and enhance clinical reasoning skills in the acute care setting.
Special Notes: Recommended for all MANE Associate degree graduates; an elective for any other RN-BSN students.

NURS330H • Ethical Theory and Applied Nursing Ethics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to ethical theory and the language needed to discuss relevant ethical healthcare issues. Exploration of current ethical issues faced in healthcare settings, including potential outcomes, the role of the nurse, application of professional ethical codes, and differing viewpoints.  Development of empathy for, respect of, and insight into differing ethical opinions.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6 General Education Category H.

NURS345 • Evidence Based End of Life Nursing Care. 2 Credits.

Exploration of evidence-based practices in end-of-life nursing care based on curriculum developed by the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC). Topics include pain management, symptom management, last hours of life, cultural and spiritual considerations, communication strategies, and ethical decision making.
Prerequisites: RN license.

NURS346 • Health Assessment for RNs. 3 Credits.

Focus is on enhancing the health and physical assessment skills of the regis¬tered nurse to make informed clinical judgments regarding the health status of individuals. Development of the ability to conduct an age-appropriate history, physical examination, and risk assessment for clients across the lifespan that reflects a holistic understanding of developmental, socio-cultural, spiritual, and environmental influences. Emphasis is on identification of normal and common abnormal findings across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: RN license.

NURS365 • The Professional Nurse. 3 Credits.

Examination of professional nursing foundations including nursing history, theory, and the nursing process. Analysis of the personal and collective impact of the baccalaureate nurse including public advocacy, spiritual care, nursing trends, and political systems. Development of a personal philosophy of nursing, incorporating spiritual beliefs and vision for future professional career.

NURS400 • Public Health Nursing. 3 Credits.

Introduction to population-focused evidence-based practice, analysis of societal issues, and an understanding of cross-cultural relationships to improve nursing care. Synthesis of baccalaureate nursing roles in the care of individuals, families, and communities with emphasis on health disparities and underserved populations.

NURS401 • Public Health Nursing Clinical. 3 Credits.

Application of evidence-based practice, analysis of societal issues, population-focused, and an understanding of cross-cultural relationships to improve nursing care. Synthesis of baccalaureate nursing roles in the care of individuals, families, and communities with emphasis on health disparities and underserved populations in the clinical setting.
Prerequisites: NURS400.

NURS410 • Nursing Informatics. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the history, essential concepts, and use of information systems and patient care technologies in the healthcare environment. Identification of patient privacy and the use of software applications in nursing.

NURS425E • Cultural Diversity in Healthcare. 3 Credits.

Study of culture and its impact on providing culturally appropriate nursing care. Assessment of patients and families using a transcultural nursing model. Analysis of societal issues, cultural beliefs and practices that impact the healthcare of culturally diverse patients. Integrating Christian perspectives and cultural understanding into the care of patients and families.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 3, 5.

NURS430 • Research and Evidence-Based Practice. 6 Credits.

An overview of the research process with a focus on evidence-based nursing practice.
Prerequisites: NURS360, NURS410.

NURS435 • Introduction to Research and Evidence-Based Practice. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the research process with a focus on the foundations of evidence-based nursing practice.

NURS436 • Application of Research. 3 Credits.

Application of evidence to nursing practice.
Prerequisites: NURS435.

NURS485 • Nursing Leadership. 3 Credits.

Exploration and application of nursing leadership concepts and theories utilized in the delivery of healthcare. Development of leadership attributes associated with professional nursing roles. Examination of personal leadership qualities and development of skills used in healthcare leadership.

NURS486 • Nursing Management. 3 Credits.

Exploration and application of nursing leadership concepts and theories used in management roles in the delivery of healthcare. Identification of current nursing issues associated with management in healthcare settings including legal, ethical, financial, and scope of practice for the professional nurse.

NURS495 • Clinical Care Change Project. 3 Credits.

Application of leadership concepts and evidence-based practice to a Clinical Care Change project. Emphasis on expansion of nursing's professional sphere of influence through nursing project development, assessment, implementation, and evaluation. Emphasis on baccalaureate nursing role synthesis using critical thinking, data and technology, evidence-based findings, and principles of leadership.
Prerequisites: NURS435 or NURS436. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1.