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 program is accredited by: The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle Northwest, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036-1120; Phone: 202.877.6791

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 College of Adult & Professional Studies Nursing Program 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. This course includes clinical hours.
Special Notes: Required for MANE Associate degree graduates; an elective for all other RN-BSN students.

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

Introduces ethical theory and the language needed to discuss relevant ethical healthcare issues. Explores current ethical issues faced in the workplace, including potential outcomes, the role of the nurse, and differing viewpoints. Encourages the 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.

NURS360 • The Professional Nurse. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the scope of professional nursing practice within the context of a Christian worldview. Exploration of professional nursing, professional nurs¬ing roles, and the changing context of healthcare. The future of professional nursing will be considered.
Clinical document evaluation fee: $25.

NURS404 • Public Health Nursing. 6 Credits.

An exploration of population-focused nursing care with an emphasis on health disparities and under-served populations.
Prerequisites: NURS360, NURS410, and NURS430. Corequisites: NURS421E. Clinical simulation fee: $20, malpractice insurance fee: $80.

NURS410 • Nursing Informatics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the history, core concepts, application, and future of nursing informatics for the profession of nursing.
Prerequisites: NURS360.

NURS421E • Cultural Diversity in Health Care. 3 Credits.

Examine the impact of culture on health and illness. Application of cultural assessment to planning culturally specific nursing care.
Prerequisites: NURS360, NURS410, and NURS430. 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.

NURS494 • Nursing Leadership. 9 Credits.

Exploration and application of nursing leadership concepts and theories uti¬lized in the delivery of healthcare with an emphasis on expansion of nursing’s professional sphere of influence. Development of leadership attributes associ¬ated with professional nursing roles in the context of a Christian worldview. Construction of a portfolio that includes individual and collective reflection on the integration of nursing roles, theories, research, ethical perspectives, and a Christian worldview as it relates to the context of professional nursing.
Prerequisites: NURS360, NURS404, NURS410, NURS421E, and NURS430. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1.

PHIL325H • Ethics. 3 Credits.

Critical analysis of the nature of ethics, principal ethical theories, and contemporary ethical issues relating to the individual and society. Readings focus on questions such as the grounds for moral judgments; the relation of religion to ethics; the place of duties, consequences, and virtue in the moral life; and concepts of justice and their application to public policy. The role of gender in ethics is considered. Applications to issues in bioethics will be the major focus of the course.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6 General Education Category H.