Programs (Doctorate and M.S.)

The M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery and the post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice are offered through the Department of Nursing and administered through the Graduate School.

Mission Statement

The mission of the nursing department is to provide leadership in nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflects a Christ-like presence as we prepare nurses at baccalaureate and graduate levels to serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society.

Values

We value the perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasize caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.

We value the liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.

We value education that is relational, active, evidence-based, and promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.

We value nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.

We value nursing leadership that influences the quality of healthcare for all, including vulnerable and underserved populations, within changing local and global healthcare systems.

Nursing Department 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 life-long 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.

Nursing Department Graduate Program Outcomes

  • Provide leadership in a variety of systems to promote high quality and safe care for individuals and communities.
  • Integrate nursing knowledge, theoretical foundations, and evidence to inform practice changes that improve health.
  • Improve practice through knowledge and use of current and emerging information technologies.
  • Integrate ethical perspectives and Christian principles in advanced nursing practice.
  • Advocate for improved health of populations through analysis of policy and systems that address health disparities and determinants.
  • Promote culturally competent systems that support the global context of healthcare.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient and population health outcomes.

Program Performance Standards

Nursing is a practice discipline. All nursing practice and nurse-midwifery 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.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program will prepare students to be agents for change in the workplace. Students will develop leadership, management, critical thinking, and research skills that will empower them to improve the organizational operation and quality of care in their professional settings. With evidence-based instruction and expert faculty, our program will challenge students to explore and implement cutting-edge research and methodologies that will shape the future of healthcare.

Accreditation:  The post-masters Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bethel University is accredited with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  Bethel is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Outcomes: Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

  1. Integrate nursing knowledge, scientific theoretical foundations, and evidence to assess, create, implement, and evaluate models to improve health outcomes.
  2. Provide leadership within a professional team that emphasizes ethical, Christian worldview principles, cost-effective practices, ongoing improvement of health outcomes, and ensures patient safety in diverse organizations and systems.
  3. Apply evidence-based research to practice to promote improvement of health care practices and health outcomes.
  4. Improve health outcomes through knowledge, use, and evaluation of current and emerging information technologies.
  5. Demonstrate leadership in healthcare policy analysis, design, and implementation to influence health disparities and social determinants of health for improved health outcomes.
  6. Analyze epidemiological, biostatistical, occupational health, and environmental data in the development, implementation, and evaluation of clinical prevention and population health activities.

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 graduate programs, students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must:

  • Earn a grade of B- or better in each nursing course. This indicates satisfactory achievement of objectives and completion of course requirements. 

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

Program Design

  • All courses are delivered online using best practices in internet technology, instructional design, and adult learning.
  • One 4-day (Monday through Thursday) intensive is held on the Bethel University campus.
  • A minimum of three practicums are required during the program.
  • 150 practicum hours can be earned through project work (400 minimum practicum hours are required).
  • The program capstone is a DNP project.
  • A supportive learning community is achieved through the cohort model—a small group of students progressing through a degree program together.

M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery

Philosophy for the Program

We value that every person has a right to be an active participant in their healthcare and be provided with accurate information to self-determine the best choices for themselves and their families.

We value a model of healthcare that includes the therapeutic use of human presence and communication, a full partnership that honors the woman and her individual experiences and knowledge, and one that is based on the best evidence available.

We value the normalcy of women’s life cycle events and believe that midwifery care balances watchful waiting and non-intervention with appropriate intervention, consultation, collaboration, and referral with other members of the healthcare team in order to provide optimal care.

We value formal education, lifelong learning, professional development, and research, to guide not only midwifery practice, but the development of the profession of midwifery and the education of midwives.

Program Outcomes: Nurse-Midwifery

  • Function as a nurse-midwife through integration of theory, research, ethical and Christian perspectives, global realities, policy-making issues, and information technologies.
  • Influence clinical practice through theory application and use of evidence in order to improve care for women and their families.
  • Manage holistically the healthcare needs of women across the lifespan and healthy newborns within the healthcare system.

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 master’s degree programs, students in nurse-midwifery must:

  • Earn a grade of B- or better in each nursing course. This indicates satisfactory achievement of objectives and completion of course requirements. 

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

Program Design

  • All courses (except intensives) are delivered online using best practices in internet technology, instructional design, and adult learning.
  • Three, Wednesday through Friday intensives are held on the Bethel University campus.
  • Five practicums are required during the program.
  • The program capstone is a master’s project.
  • A supportive learning community is achieved through the cohort model—a small group of students progressing through a degree program together.
  • The curriculum prepares students to take a national exam from the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB).
 
 

Master of Science (M.S.)

NURS 602 • Midwifery Perspectives. 3 Credits.

Understand the historical, cultural, and societal influences for the development of nurse-midwifery care and the midwifery profession.
Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 606 • Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Practice Nurses. 4 Credits.

Enhance knowledge and skills of history taking, physical assessment, and clinical reasoning from a holistic perspective in order to prepare for practice as a nurse-midwife.
Clinical immunization documentation tracking and verification fee: $70, live model patient fee: $100, Typhon clinical tracking system fee: $90.

NURS 611 • Advanced Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nurses. 3 Credits.

Nurse-Midwifery application of the principles of pharmacotherapy to promote health and manage illness from a client-centered perspective for diverse populations across the lifespan.
Prerequisites: NURS 620, NURS 673. Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 614 • Nurse-Midwifery I: Healthcare for Women and Primary Care. 4 Credits.

Integrates theory and evidence, related to gynecological and primary care, for holistic management and support of women’s health throughout the lifespan.
Prerequisites: NURS 620, NURS 673. Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 615 • Global Perspectives of Health. 3 Credits.

Development of a global perspective on social determinants of health. Integra¬tion of concepts of interprofessional collaboration including the disciplines of epidemiology, ecology, economics, politics, and religion in determining culturally responsive strategies to improve health.

NURS 616 • Nurse-Midwifery II: Antepartal Care. 3 Credits.

Integrates theory and evidence related to normal and high-risk antepartal care.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673. Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 617 • Nurse-Midwifery III: Intrapartum and Postpartum Care. 4 Credits.

Integrates theory and evidence related to intrapartal and postpartum care.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 616, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716. Typhon clinical tracking system fee: $90, exam proctoring fee: $18, lab materials fee: $100, verified credentials fee: $40.

NURS 618 • Nurse-Midwifery IV: Newborn Care. 2 Credits.

Integrates theory and evidence related to care of the healthy newborn.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS612, NURS 614, NURS 616, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 714, NURS 716. Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 619 • Fetal Evaluation. 1 Credit.

Integrates theory and evidence related to evaluation of antepartal and intrapartal fetal status.
Prerequisites: NURS 673. Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 620 • Reproductive Physiology for Advanced Practice Nurses. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the normal physiologic basis for reproduction in humans that serves as the foundation for clinical assessment, decision making, and man¬agement for nurse midwives.
Exam proctoring fee: $18.

NURS 626 • Evidence Translation for Practice. 3 Credits.

Overview of nursing research process and methodologies, with an emphasis on critical appraisal of evidence for improving nursing practice.

NURS 673 • Advanced Pathophysiology. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the physiologic basis for manifestations of altered structure and function. Differences in physiologic responses to health and illness in diverse populations across the lifespan are addressed from a nursing perspective.

NURS 714 • Nurse-Midwifery I: Practicum. 2 Credits.

Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic gynecological and primary care for women throughout the lifespan.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS612, NURS 620, NURS 626. Background check fee: $20, malpractice insurance fee: $167, simulation fee: $50.

NURS 716 • Nurse-Midwifery II: Practicum. 2 Credits.

Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care for normal and high-risk childbearing families.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673. Simulation fee: $50.

NURS 717 • Nurse-Midwifery III: Practicum. 3 Credits.

Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care during labor, birth, and the postpartum period.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 616, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716.

NURS 718 • Nurse-Midwifery IV: Practicum. 1 Credit.

Applies the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care to the healthy newborn.
Prerequisites: NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 616, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716.

NURS 753 • Professional Issues for Nurse-Midwives. 4 Credits.

Understand the political and economic bases of nurse-midwifery practice. Enhance knowledge of professional issues that impact the practicing APN.
Prerequisites: NURS 602, NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 615, NURS 616, NURS 617, NURS 618, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716, NURS 717, NURS 718. Simulation fee: $50.

NURS 754 • Clinical Integration for Nurse-Midwives. 7 Credits.

Integrates, applies, and reflects upon the midwifery management process, theory, and evidence to provide holistic care to women across the lifespan and the healthy newborn in a variety of settings.
Prerequisites: NURS 602, NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 615, NURS 616, NURS 617, NURS 618, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716, NURS 717, NURS 718. Malpractice insurance fee: $167.

NURS 793 • Nurse-Midwifery Master's Project. 2 Credits.

Application of key components of the research process with a focus on critical review of the literature exploring nurse-midwifery problems defined in col¬laboration with clinical partners. Format: Seminar.
Prerequisites: NURS 602, NURS 606, NURS 611, NURS 614, NURS 615, NURS 616, NURS 617, NURS 618, NURS 619, NURS 620, NURS 626, NURS 673, NURS 714, NURS 716, NURS 717, NURS 718.

NURS 800 • The Art and Science of Advanced Nursing Practice. 3 Credits.

Articulation of the DNP role in developing and evaluating approaches to practice and improving healthcare. Interrelationships between nursing knowledge, theory, and science and other disciplines to promote change. Analysis of evidence-based development, implementation, and evaluation of healthcare practices. Integration of ethical principles and Christian perspectives in analyzing knowledge and theories.

NURS 805 • Evidence Appraisal and Translation Science. 3 Credits.

Skills for critically appraising existing evidence as a basis for improved healthcare practice in light of effectiveness, ethical principles, and Christian perspectives. Examination of methods to measure outcomes and to translate and implement evidence. Overview of designing guidelines that improve healthcare practice and outcomes. Introduction to the process of dissemination.
Prerequisites: NURS 850.

NURS 810 • Healthcare Policy and Advocacy. 3 Credits.

Examination of healthcare policy process at the institutional, local, state, regional, federal, and international levels. Preparation to design, influence, implement, and advocate for health care policies to strengthen the nursing profession and to improve the health status of populations.

NURS 815 • Healthcare Economics and Finance. 3 Credits.

Utilization of healthcare economics and finance to examine complex strategic and operational decisions related to improving health outcomes within systems of care. Analyze basic economics and financial concepts to formulate healthcare strategies as applicable to the healthcare industry.

NURS 820 • Population Health and Epidemiology. 3 Credits.

Utilization of epidemiology to promote leadership in clinical prevention and population health. Analysis of the impact policies, socioeconomic status, and the environment have on diverse populations within the framework of healthcare access, quality of care, and cultural sensitivity.
Verify Immunizations and Background Check: $100.

NURS 825 • Leadership and Interprofessional Collaboration. 4 Credits.

Examination of critical topics related to leadership principles and organizational systems; including improving clinical practice management, patient safety, interprofessional collaboration, and health outcomes. Designed to facilitate the development of the skills needed to coordinate care and lead practice change and reduce healthcare disparities. Intensive/Lab Fee: $100.

NURS 835 • Healthcare Innovations and Informatics. 3 Credits.

Examination of information management and technology systems to promote safe, quality, and cost-effective healthcare. Development of knowledge and technical skills related to the fields of informatics and healthcare innovations. Explore standards, clinical decision support systems, data management systems, big data, and patient care technologies. Informatics simulation: $50.

NURS 840 • DNP Practicum I. 2 Credits.

Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.
Prerequisites: NURS 800, NURS 850. Malpractice Insurance: $200. Immunization Tracking and Background Check: $100.

NURS 841 • DNP Practicum II. 1 Credit.

Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Demonstrate synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.
Prerequisites: NURS 840.

NURS 842 • DNP Practicum III. 2 Credits.

Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Demonstrate synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.
Prerequisites: NURS 841. Malpractice Insurance: $200.

NURS 843 • DNP Practicum IV. 2-3 Credits.

Enhancement of knowledge and clinical expertise through interaction with experts in the DNP project area of study. Demonstrate synthesis of DNP leadership roles with assessment, intervention, evaluation and collaboration to improve healthcare outcomes.
Special Notes: Required for students transferring less than 600 practicum hours from their master's program.

NURS 850 • Application of Biostatistics for Healthcare. 2 Credits.

Biostatistical skills for critical appraisal of literature, including factors that contribute to validity, reliability, and generalizability of research. Interpretation of statistical output from scientific data sets using biostatistical skills. Appraisal of the rigor and appropriateness of biostatistical methods used in relation to the findings in selected research studies.

NURS 887 • DNP Project I: Idea Generation and Literature Appraisal. 3 Credits.

Development of a relevant question to improve practice guidelines, practice, or the practice environment. Critical evaluation of literature to determine the best evidence. Consideration of diverse cultures, vulnerable and underserved communities. Leadership skills for collaboration with interprofessional teams. Synthesis of evidence to create the critical appraisal for the DNP project.
Prerequisites: NURS 850.

NURS 888 • DNP Project II: Implementation Plan. 2 Credits.

Integration of theories from nursing and other disciplines to develop an implementation plan. Development of evidence-based intervention for nursing practice using implementation science and technology. Consideration of diverse, vulnerable and underserved communities. Leadership skills to collaborate with interprofessional teams. Application of ethical principles and Christian perspectives to the implementation plan.
Prerequisites: NURS 805, NURS 840, NURS 850, NURS 887.

NURS 889 • DNP Project III: Implementation. 1 Credit.

Apply the critical appraisal of the literature to improve practice and clinical outcomes. Implement the plan developed in Project II.
Prerequisites: NURS 888.

NURS 890 • DNP Project IV: Analysis. 1 Credit.

Synthesize and lay the foundation for future research by using evidence to improve either practice or clinical outcomes. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation plan and the DNP project and disseminate the findings.
Prerequisites: NURS 889.