The pre-licensure nursing program offers a four-year sequence leading to the bachelor of science degree. Students are prepared to practice in entry-level professional nursing positions in all types of healthcare agencies. Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the NCLEX® licensure examination (for registered nurses). The goals of the nursing department are:

  1. 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.
  2. To prepare students for lifelong learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
  3. To express within the nursing profession Christian values through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Students may enter the program in the pre-nursing sequence of courses or as transfer students on a space-available basis.

The degree completion program is open to registered nurses (RNs) through an accelerated evening option through the College of Adult & Professional Studies. A Master of Science in Nursing is also offered through the Graduate School.

The baccalaureate program is approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing and accredited by:

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW Suite 530
Washington, D.C. 20036-1120
Phone: 202.463.6930

Majors in Nursing

Admission Procedures

Students are admitted to the nursing program via two options:  early/direct admission or regular admission.  Once admitted to the nursing program, students are considered nursing majors.  Students at Bethel preparing to apply to the nursing program are considered pre-nursing students.

Regular Admission to the Nursing Program

The following are minimum threshold requirements to be considered for admission into the nursing program. Space is limited, however, and not all qualified applicants are guaranteed admission.

  1. Be admitted to Bethel University.
  2. Achieve a cumulative Bethel GPA of at least 2.75.  Transfer students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.85 for all college level courses prior to admission to Bethel.  
  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in the required prerequisite science ­courses. 
  4. Applicants must earn a C- or better for all prerequisite science courses.
  5. Complete the ATT TEAS test by the end of the first semester at Bethel. Students must submit a TEAS test score of proficient or above. 
  6. Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication.
  7. Demonstrate a level of personal health consistent with safe nursing practice as determined in a physical examination.
  8. Provide documentation of current immunizations as required by clinical agencies.
  9. Give evidence of personality, character, and emotional stability consistent with the mission of the nursing department and the role and responsibility of the professional nurse.
  10. Be recommended for admission into the nursing program by two persons outside the Department of Nursing.
  11. Have completed the required prerequisite courses, including the general education courses: Inquiry Seminar, CWC, and a biblical studies course.
  12. Applicants taking courses more than once will be less competitive.
  13. Students can only reapply once for admission to the nursing program.
  14. Provide documentation of successful completion of a Certified Nursing Assistant/Nursing Assistant Registered Program prior to beginning the nursing program.
  15. Students who submitted a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score as part of their application process to Bethel must have a TOEFL IBT overall score of 84 with a minimum speaking score of 26.

(These scores were established by the Minnesota Board of Nursing as minimum eligibility criteria for taking the licensure examination for registered nurses.)

Early/Direct Admission to the Nursing Program

Highly qualified students may apply for early admission to the Nursing Program. This means that after acceptance, but before enrolling at Bethel University, they may also be accepted into the Nursing Program.  This option is available to a limited number of first time freshmen entering Bethel as pre-nursing majors.

Application Criteria:

  1. To be considered for early enrollment an applicant must have an ACT combined score of 26 or more.  The Admissions and Progression Committee determines how many of the qualified students will receive a letter inviting them to apply for early admission.  To apply the student must write an essay and submit one reference from a high school teacher or counselor.

 Process:

  1. The Admissions & Progression Committee collects data from the university’s Admission Office.
  2. The committee identifies those students who will receive a letter of invitation and a timeframe for submitting the required documents.
  3. The CAS Nursing Department Chair/Program Director sends a letter to the students identified by the committee, inviting them to apply.
  4. The committee selects applicants, based on a rubric, to be awarded early admission to the nursing program.

Application materials and procedures are available from the nursing department for students interested in the traditional baccalaureate nursing program. RN applicants may contact the College of Adult & Professional Studies.

Early/Direct Admission and Early Admit Transfer application materials are available from the College of Arts and Sciences traditional baccalaureate nursing program. 

Courses in the nursing program require students to spend substantial time in off-campus clinical settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and public health agencies. Students must furnish their own transportation to and from these clinical sites, some of which may not be conveniently reached by public transportation.

In addition, students should be aware that Minnesota state law requires that healthcare facilities complete background checks on all employees (and students); background checks include fingerprinting. If an employee (or student) has been convicted of certain crimes, he/she may not be allowed to work in such facilities. All prospective students need to be aware of this law because a student convicted of these crimes may be unable to complete the clinical requirements of the nursing program and, consequently, may not be able to graduate from the program or be eligible to practice as a registered nurse. Any questions should be addressed to:

Minnesota Department of Human Services
Division of Licensing, Background Study Unit
444 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155-3842

or

The Minnesota Board of Nursing
2829 University Ave. Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Students are required to provide evidence of current health insurance as a condition of beginning the program. Information about health insurance is available through the Office of Student Life. Malpractice insurance is also required (see the Finances section of this ­catalog).

Program Performance Requirements

Nursing is a practice discipline, and the baccalaureate nursing education program prepares nurse generalists. 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 a semester is required because of the complex nature of clinical and laboratory courses. Consultation related to reasonable accommodations is available through the Office of Disability Services.

Progression for Students

To progress in the program, the student must meet the Bethel University requirements for academic progress. In addition, a student must:

  1. Earn a grade of C or better in BIO248/BIO249 BIO249 and each nursing course. Select nursing courses require that the overall combined exam score is at least 75% in order to pass the course.  This indicates satisfactory achievement of objectives and completion of course requirements. Details are provided in the syllabi for the select courses.
  2. Maintain a major GPA of at least 2.75.
  3. Function in a safe and ethical manner.
  4. Successfully complete each prerequisite nursing course before progressing to the next sequential course.
  5. Complete at least half of the credits designated as Nursing (NUR) in residence at Bethel.
  6. Successfully complete all NUR400 level courses in residence at Bethel University.
  7. Inform Health Services of any changes in health status that would affect performance as a nursing student.

Appeals process

Students have the right to appeal a final grade, clinical evaluation, or dismissal from the program, if resolution cannot be resolved with the faculty member most immediately involved, to the nursing department Admission and Progressions committee, as described in the Pre-licensure Nursing Program Student Handbook. It is expected that most cases will be settled at the departmental level. However, further appeal may be made using the CAS Appeal Policy. A copy of the conditions and procedures for such an appeal is available from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Admissions decisions are final and may not be appealed. Applicants may request a review of an admissions decision by the Dean of Professional Programs.

Transfer and/or Advanced Standing

Transfer student requirements are found in the Academic Information section of this catalog. Further details on departmental policies and procedures are described in the Pre-licensure Nursing Program Student Handbook.

The nursing department requires a score of 4 or better on the AP exams in order for the exams to be used to fulfill the science course prerequisites for the nursing program. However, the nursing department recommends students with a 4 or better take the science prerequisites, particularly BIO118/BIO118D and CHE101/CHE101D, at Bethel. Students with a score of 3 on AP science prerequisite courses will receive elective credit or receive credit toward General Education requirements.

NUR201 • Foundations of Health Ministry. 2 Credits.

Exploration of personal ability, call, commitment, and vision for health ministry with consideration of strengths and weaknesses of the current healthcare delivery system from social justice, biblical, and historical viewpoints. Examination of the impact of lifestyle and culture on health status of the individual and family that includes physical, psychosocial, and spiritual perspectives. Emphasis on effective communication strategies and the health promotion framework.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the nursing program. Corequisites: Registration in NUR202 and BIO248/BIO249 is required. Offered: Spring

NUR202 • Nursing Skills I: Health Assessment. 2 Credits.

Introduction to assessment of the physical, cultural, psychosocial, and spiritual parameters in individuals and family health within the context of the nursing process.
Prerequisites: Acceptance into the nursing program. Corequisites: Registration in NUR201 and BIO248/BIO249 is required. Offered: Spring

NUR311 • Nursing Skills II. 2 Credits.

Development of beginning nursing skills related to caring for clients of various health/illness states. Emphasis on the nursing process, medication administration, communication, and evidence-based skills linked with theoretical content in concurrent courses.
Prerequisites: BIO248/249; NUR201; NUR202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR313 and NUR315. Offered: Fall

NUR312 • Nursing Skills III. 1 Credit.

Development of beginning nursing skills related to caring for clients of various health/illness states. Emphasis on the intravenous medication administration and evidence-based skills linked with theoretical content in concurrent nursing course.
Prerequisites: NUR311; NUR313; NUR315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR314, NUR316, and NUR318. Offered: Spring

NUR313 • Nursing Care of Individuals I. 3 Credits.

Analysis of nursing care relating to individuals experiencing selected acute, chronic, and/or potential health issues. Students use evidence, including clinical knowledge, as a framework for developing nursing diagnosis, interventions, and expected outcomes.
Prerequisites: BIO248/249; NUR201; NUR202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR311 and NUR315. Offered: Fall

NUR314 • Nursing Care of Individuals II. 3 Credits.

Analysis of nursing care relating to individuals experiencing selected acute, chronic, and/or potential health issues. Students use evidence, including clinical knowledge, as a framework for developing nursing diagnoses, interventions, and expected outcomes. This course is a continuation of NUR313.
Prerequisites: NUR311; NUR313; NUR315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR312, NUR316, and NUR318. Offered: Spring

NUR315 • Nursing Practicum I. 2 Credits.

A focus on the care of individuals in various health/illness states. Students will implement the nursing process in various healthcare settings fulfilling nursing roles with a focus on critical thinking and evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: BIO248/249; NUR201; NUR202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR311 and NUR313. Offered: Fall

NUR316 • Nursing Practicum II. 5 Credits.

A focus on the care of individuals in various health/illness states. Students will implement the nursing process in laboratory and various healthcare settings, fulfilling nursing roles with a focus on critical thinking and evidence-based practice. This course is a continuation of Nursing Practicum I.
Prerequisites: NUR311; NUR313; NUR315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR312; NUR314; NUR318. Offered: Spring

NUR318 • Chronicity: Mental Health Focus. 2 Credits.

Overview of chronic health issues throughout the lifespan in the context of families and communities with an emphasis on mental health issues.
Prerequisites: NUR311; NUR313; NUR315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR312; NUR314; NUR316. Offered: Spring

NUR411Z • Nursing Skills IV. 1 Credit.

Develop nursing skills used in specialty areas of nursing with a focus on children, families, and populations. Enhance nursing informatics skills in order to improve the quality and safety of healthcare delivery.
Prerequisites: NUR312; NUR314; NUR316; NUR318. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR415Z; NUR419; NUR425GZ. Offered: Fall

NUR412 • Nursing Skills V. 1 Credit.

Practice and demonstrate competency in complex clinical situations. Includes consideration of the scope of nursing practice in the integration of technology, skills, resource allocation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and delegation and supervision of nursing personnel.
Prerequisites: NUR411Z; NUR415Z; NUR419; NUR425GZ. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR416 and NUR426. Offered: Spring

NUR415Z • Nursing Practicum III. 4 Credits.

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.
Prerequisites: NUR312; NUR314; NUR316; NUR318. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR411Z; NUR419; NUR425GZ. Offered: Fall

NUR416 • Nursing Practicum IV. 4 Credits.

An emphasis on baccalaureate nursing role synthesis. Students use critical thinking, data and technology, evidence-based findings, and principles of leadership to manage complex patient problems and improve client health outcomes.
Prerequisites: NUR411Z; NUR415Z; NUR419; NUR425GZ. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR412 and NUR426. Offered: Spring

NUR419 • Family Nursing: Peds/OB Focus. 2 Credits.

Overview of theoretical frameworks and practice applications for family health nursing with an emphasis on pediatric and obstetric clients.
Prerequisites: NUR312; NUR314; NUR316; NUR318. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR411Z; NUR415Z; NUR425GZ. Offered: Fall

NUR425GZ • Population Focused Nursing Care. 5 Credits.

Exploration of population-focused nursing care with an emphasis on culturally diverse and underserved populations. Includes consideration of the research process and cultural perspectives. Focuses on the advocacy and collaborator roles within the context of service-learning (1 credit service-learning).
Prerequisites: NUR312; NUR314; NUR316; NUR318; [GES130; GES160; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES244; World Cultures (U) course]. Offered: Fall Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR411Z; NUR415Z; NUR419.

NUR426 • Leadership Development. 4 Credits.

Application of the leadership role in preparation to enter the professional nursing workforce. Integration of critical thinking skills and leadership, management, professional ethics, and Christian worldview frameworks.
Prerequisites: NUR411Z; NUR415Z; NUR419; NUR425GZ. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR412 and NUR416. Offered: Spring

NUR431 • Conversations about End of Life. 1 Credit.

Development of advance care planning facilitation skills in the context of faith, cultural, healthcare system, and societal perspectives. A First Steps ACP Facilitator Certificate is available for students who successfully complete ACP Facilitator requirements.
Prerequisites: Senior standing in nursing or social work, or consent of instructor. Offered: Spring. Special Notes: Carries cross-credit in social work.

NUR481 • Internship in Nursing. 1-4 Credits.

Provides clinical-based learning opportunities to encourage application of theory and research-based knowledge in clinical practice. Students engage in experiences to enhance the development of their professional nursing role.
Prerequisites: Completed junior year of nursing program; acceptance into an approved clinical internship program. Grade exceptions: Graded on an S/U basis. Offered: Summer

NUR496 • Senior Nursing Synthesis. 1 Credit.

A focus on the transition from the student role to the role of the professional nurse. Synthesis of nursing clinical concepts that are essential for graduate nurses to provide safe, quality care to individuals, families, and groups in a variety of clinical settings. Promotion of critical thinking development and utilizing NCLEX-RN resources for preparation of NCLEX-RN.
Prerequisites: NUR202, NUR311, NUR312, NUR313, NUR314, NUR315, NUR316, NUR318, NUR411, NUR415, NUR425. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR412, NUR416, and NUR426. Offered: Spring