"/> Checklist for First-year Nursing Students | Bethel College, KS
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Wondering exactly what needs to happen before you can join us as a nursing student?

Just work with us to complete the following steps!

  • Send in your completed Bethel College nursing application.
  • Request your transcript/s from each college in which you have previously enrolled. Bethel admissions cannot request college transcripts. Read more about transferring credit.
  • Please provide a Bethel College Department of Nursing Reference Form to two people to complete and return. Your references will be contacted for insight into your character, scholastic or work performance. Please list below the two people to whom you have given the reference forms. This must include a recent employer plus one of the following:
    • minister/youth sponsor
    • academic advisor/teacher or health professional
  • Submit a minimum 500-word written personal essay on your interest in nursing and what goals you have as a member of the nursing profession.
  • For those students whose primary language is not English, please send us your TOEFL exam scores.
  • When we receive your application, college transcript/s, recommendation, and essay we will send you an invitation to complete the Nursing Pre-Admissions Test (NPAT) and Interview
  • Upon completion of your application packet and successful NPAT and interview, you will receive an acceptance letter. See admittance requirements and procedures below.
  • We will mail you a Student Life Contract with a request for a $200 enrollment deposit. Housing preferences are considered upon receipt of the deposit and completed Student Life Contract.
  • Complete and submit the FAFSA by April 1 to be considered for Kansas grants. Bethel College’s Federal School Code is 001905. The FAFSA must be received before financial aid can be awarded.
  • The advising and early enrollment process begins in April for those who have returned their deposit and completed Student Life Contract.

Admission to the Department of Nursing Policy

Bethel College offers a 4-year Baccalaureate degree through the generic program and articulation policies. Admission to the Department of Nursing at Bethel College occurs once a year for the fall semester. All students requesting admission to the nursing major will be considered by the Admissions and Progressions committee under the same criteria.


  • General education proficiency as documented in the Bethel College Catalog.
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Completion of ALL pre-requisite nursing courses with a grade of C (not C-) or better.
  • Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology must be successfully completed within 5 years prior to the fall start of the nursing program
  • Ability to meet performance standards as defined by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.


Completed application packets* submitted by February 1** prior to the fall start of the nursing program will be considered for first round admissions and will include current:

  • Application form
  • Written essay: a minimum 500-word essay on your interest in nursing and what goal you have as a member of the nursing profession.
  • Two completed reference forms from:  (1) an employer, and (2) minister/rabbi/youth sponsor, academic advisor, or health professional.
  • Official Transcripts-for evaluation of previously completed courses requesting to be transferred to meet general education and/or nursing prerequisite requirements.
  • TOEFL exam scores-students whose primary language is not English. Each area must meet the following minimum requirements:

Writing            20                    Reading           19

Speaking          20                    Listening         20

Upon submission of completed application packet, arrangements will be made with the applicant for the final step in the application process:

  • Nursing Pre-Admissions Test (NPAT) and Interview

* Application materials are considered current if received within the 10 month period prior to the fall start of the nursing program.

**Application packets received after February 1 will be given consideration for secondary admission.

Pre-Licensure Bethel College Student

Students enrolled full-time at Bethel College for a minimum of two concurrent semesters in good standing prior to entering the nursing program are given priority consideration by the Admissions and Progressions Committee into the nursing program, provided admission criteria are met.

Pre-Licensure Transfer Student

Students wishing to transfer to Bethel College and apply to the nursing program will need to submit official transcripts of ALL college credits.

Transfer from Another Program

Students with acceptable previous nursing coursework from another baccalaureate program wishing to transfer must:

  • Submit syllabi of previous nursing coursework for individual evaluation.
  • Successfully completed nursing coursework with a C (not C-) or better within 2 years prior to the fall start of the nursing program.
  • Request one of the two letters of reference be completed by the academic advisor or the dean/director at the applicant’s previous nursing program.

LPN to RN Articulation Plan

The articulation plan for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who graduated from a Kansas* school, who hold a current Kansas license and who has been accepted into the BSN program is as follows:

  • 0-5 years after graduation from practical nursing school-no validation of courses or work experience required.
  • 6-10 years after graduation from practical nursing school-no validation required if during the last 3 years had nursing work experience of 1000 hours.
  • More than 10 years after graduation from practical nursing school-must have 1000 hours of nursing work experience in the last years.

*Nursing courses from out of state graduates will be evaluated on an individual basis.

The licensed practical or vocational nurse applicant may request credit be granted for NSG 320 Clinical Practicum I by LPN licensure, thereby meeting 4 of the 52 credit hours required in nursing.

Student Notification of Effect of Criminal Activity On Obtaining Licensure 

If a student applicant reports any involvement in criminal activity that may result in being subject to licensure denial under KSA 65-1120 Professional and Practical Nurses Statutes, et seq. and amendments thereto., the student will be notified in writing prior to admission of their potential inability to obtain a nursing license.