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 option through the College of Adult & Professional Studies. Degrees in Master of Science in Nurse-Midwifery and Doctor of Nursing Practice are also offered through the Graduate School.

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

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education : 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001202.887.6791

Major in Nursing

Admission Procedures

Students intending to complete a degree in nursing will be enrolled as pre-nursing students with the designation of PRN. Once students have met the minimum criteria for admission to nursing, submitted their application and been formally admitted to the nursing program, they will become nursing majors with the designation NUR.

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.  
  3. Achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in the required prerequisite science ­courses. 
  4. Earn a C or better for all prerequisite science, health, and psychology courses.
  5. Submit a recent ATI TEAS test score. Students are allowed to take the exam a maximum of two times, no sooner than two weeks apart.
    1. Pre-nursing students must achieve a score of proficient (58.7) or higher in order to be admitted to the Nursing program. Submit the results to Bethel University St. Paul, MN from ATI. Students should test at a PSI site as soon as they graduate from high school, and no later than the summer before their sophomore year.
  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 prior to beginning the nursing program.
  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, Christianity and Western Culture (CWC) or GES 145, and a biblical or theological studies course.
  12. Applicants taking prerequisite science courses at Bethel will be more 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.)

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.

Transfer and/or Advanced Standing

Transfer students applying for admission to the nursing program must meet the regular admission requirements in addition to the requirements below:

  1. Transfer students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.85 for all college level courses prior to admission to Bethel
  2. Transfer students must attend Bethel at least one semester (12 credits minimum) prior to starting the nursing program. Students may complete nursing and/or general education pre-requisite courses during this semester. 

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 BIO 118/BIO 118D and CHE 101/CHE 101D, at Bethel. Students with a score of 3 on AP science prerequisite courses will receive elective credit or receive credit toward General Education requirements.

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 year and transfer students entering Bethel as pre-nursing majors.

1. Freshman Early/Direct Admission

To be considered for early admission 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.

Submit a recent ATI TEAS test score. The results of the TEAS will not be used as admissions criterion, but will be used to help determine supports that individual students may need. It is recommended students take the TEAS test the summer prior to starting at Bethel.

2. Transfer Early/Direct Admission

Early/direct transfer students are accepted into the sophomore fall semester with a planned nursing program start the coming spring. Early transfer applicants must meet the regular admission requirements in addition to the requirements below:

  1. Report an ACT cumulative score of 26 or higher or a TEAS exam score of advanced or higher (taken within 5 years of application). All students must submit a recent ATI TEAS test score. The results of the TEAS will not be used as admissions criterion if the ACT cumulative score is 26 or higher, but will be used to determine supports that individual student may need.
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  3. Prerequisite science courses completed within the past 5 years with no courses retaken. 

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

Additional Requirements

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 BIO 248/BIO 249 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

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

Students who are dismissed from the nursing program will be administratively withdrawn from nursing courses in which they are registered for the next term.

NUR 202 • 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: HAS 110; Acceptance into the Nursing program. Corequisites: Registration in BIO 248/BIO 249 is required. Offered: Spring.

NUR 311 • 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: BIO 248/249; HAS 110 or NUR201; NUR 202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 313 and NUR 315. Offered: Fall.

NUR 312 • 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: NUR 311; NUR 313; NUR 315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 314; NUR 318; NUR 322; NUR 324. Offered: Spring.

NUR 313 • 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: BIO 248/249; NUR201 or HAS 110; NUR 202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 311 and NUR 315. Offered: Fall.

NUR 314 • 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 NUR 313.
Prerequisites: NUR 311; NUR 313; NUR 315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 312; NUR 318; NUR 322; NUR 324. Offered: Spring.

NUR 315 • Practicum I: Medical Surgical Nursing. 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: BIO 248/249; NUR201 or HAS 110; NUR 202. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 311 and NUR 313. Offered: Fall.

NUR 318 • 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: NUR 311; NUR 313; NUR 315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR 322; NUR 324. Offered: Spring.

NUR 322 • Practicum II: Medical Surgical Nursing II. 3 Credits.

A focus on the care of individuals in acute and chronic health/illness states. Students implement the nursing process in simulated and inpatient medical-surgical health care settings, fulfilling nursing roles with a focus on critical thinking and evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: NUR 311; NUR 313; and NUR 315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR 318; and NUR 324. Offered: Spring.

NUR 324 • Practicum III: Mental Health and Community Based Nursing. 2 Credits.

A focus on the care of individuals in acute and chronic health/illness states. Students implement the nursing process in mental health and community settings, fulfilling nursing roles with a focus on critical thinking and evidence-based practice.
Prerequisites: NUR 311; NUR 313; NUR 315. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR 318; NUR 322. Offered: Spring.

NUR 411 • 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: NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 413; NUR 417Z, NUR 419; NUR 425GZ. Offered: Fall.

NUR 412 • 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: NUR 411 or NUR411Z; NUR 413; NUR 417Z; NUR 419; NUR 425GZ. Corequisites: NUR 416, NUR 426; NUR 496. Offered: Spring.

NUR 413 • Practicum IV: Pediatric and Maternity Nursing. 2 Credits.

A focus on the nursing care of pediatric and maternity patients and families. Students use critical thinking and evidence-based practice to provide holistic nursing care in simulated, pediatric, and maternity health care settings.
Prerequisites: NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR 318; NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 411; NUR 417Z; NUR 419; NUR 425GZ. Offered: Fall.

NUR 416 • Practicum VI: Clinical Capstone. 3 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: NUR 411 or NUR411Z; NUR415Z or NUR 413 and NUR 417Z; NUR 419; NUR 425GZ. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 412; NUR 426; NUR 496. Offered: Spring.

NUR 417Z • Practicum V: Public Health Nursing. 2 Credits.

Provision of population focused nursing care, analysis of societal issues, and an understanding of cross-cultural relationships.
Prerequisites: NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR 318; NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 411; NUR 413; NUR 419; and NUR 425GZ. Offered: Fall.

NUR 419 • Pediatric & Maternity Nursing. 3 Credits.

A focus on nursing care of pediatric and maternity patients and families. Students apply theoretical frameworks and practice considerations to holistic nursing care.
Prerequisites: NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324; NUR 318. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 411; NUR 413; NUR 417Z; NUR 425GZ. Offered: Fall.

NUR 425GZ • Population Focused Nursing Care. 4 Credits.

An exploration of population-focused nursing care with an emphasis on culturally diverse and underserved populations. Includes consideration of the epidemiologic process and cultural perspectives. Focuses on the advocacy and collaborator roles within the context of service-learning.
Prerequisites: NUR 312; NUR 314; NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324; NUR 318; [GES 130; GES 160; Contemporary Western Life and Thought (L) course; World Cultures (U) course] or [GES 244; World Cultures (U) course]. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 411; NUR 413; NUR 417Z; NUR 419. Offered: Fall.

NUR 426 • 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: NUR 411 or NUR411Z; NUR415Z or NUR 413 and NUR 417Z; NUR 419; NUR 425GZ. Corequisites: Must be taken concurrently with NUR 412; NUR 416. NUR 496. Offered: Spring.

NUR 431 • 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.

NUR 481 • Internship in Nursing. 1 Credit.

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

NUR 496 • 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 nursing graduates 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: HAS 110 or NUR201; NUR 202, NUR 311, NUR 312, NUR 313, NUR 314, NUR 315, NUR316 or NUR 322 and NUR 324, NUR 318, NUR 411; NUR 413; NUR 417Z; NUR 425GZ. Corequisites: NUR 412; NUR 416; NUR 426. Offered: Spring.