Bethel College’s core values of academic excellence, scholarship and integration have shaped the nursing curriculum. The department’s rigorous program of study will prepare you with cutting-edge knowledge and skills through one-on-one interactions with faculty and peers in classroom, lab and clinical settings. Each step of the way, faculty will give you the feedback necessary for skill development.
You will truly find the best of nursing in this program – built on a foundation of liberal arts with prerequisite work in the natural and social sciences and the humanities – that will prepare you as a nurse to care for the total person while it develops you as a whole person as well.
Bethel believes that integration of faith and learning is essential. In addition to getting the best of nursing, you will also learn how faith can shape and determine the practice of nursing and affect how you practice the profession.
Another of Bethel’s core values, service, has been operative from the inception of its nursing program. Nursing is inherently a profession of service, and Bethel’s nursing graduates have served around the world. Whether you want to work in an international setting, an urban center, a rural locale, an academic medical center or your local health-care facility, the value of service and the principal focus on the patient will ultimately shape your practice of nursing. Such a focus lays the foundation for excellence in nursing practice.
Bethel nursing graduates have jobs in acute care hospitals, long-term care agencies, industrial settings, clinical research, education, counseling practices, community health agencies and rehabilitation settings. Some leadership positions that our nursing graduates hold include manager and supervisory positions, nurse educator, charge nurse, director of clinical services, director of nursing and executive director.
If you are interested in studying nursing for the first time, our baccalaureate program will prepare you to be a generalist nurse, ready to function as a beginning practitioner in a variety of health-care settings. Graduates of the pre-licensure program are prepared to sit for the national licensure exam, the NCLEX-RN, upon completion of their studies and to become registered nurses.
The Bethel College Nursing Alumni Association is comprised of graduates from the Bethel Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing along with the Bethel College nursing program. This group shares a rich history and a calendar of activities, including awarding an Outstanding Nursing Alumni Award each year.