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Bethel signs its first nursing agreement with Hesston College

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – As Bethel College’s online RN-BSN program moves closer to going live, a new agreement will ease the transition for graduates of nearby Hesston College.

On Dec. 6, Bonnie Sowers, director of Hesston College’s associate degree in nursing (ADN) program, and Sandra Zerger, Hesston vice president of academics, came to the Bethel campus to sign the agreement along with their counterparts Phyllis Miller, Bethel director of nursing, and Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs.

The agreement “streamlines the process for Hesston ADN graduates entering into Bethel’s RN-BSN program,” said Rhonda Williams, Bethel RN-BSN coordinator.

She added that Hesston nursing graduates are guaranteed admission to Bethel’s program as long as they meet the criteria of graduating with an associate degree and a GPA of 2.5 or higher as well as passing the RN licensure exam.

Bethel and Hesston, which are sister schools within Mennonite Education Agency of Mennonite Church USA, have long had a general articulation agreement to facilitate students transferring from Hesston, a two-year college, to Bethel to complete a four-year degree.

This is the first agreement Bethel has signed with another school that specifically relates to the nursing program.

In the current health-care environment, “educational advancement is being encouraged for RNs,” said Williams. “In addition, a soft benefit of this agreement is that it encourages further collaboration between Bethel and Hesston.”

The courses in Bethel’s online program build on knowledge already gained in the RN program. The curriculum consists of nine nursing courses and two general education requirements, all taken online.

“Once admitted to the program, you can expect to complete nursing coursework and final general education requirements within 18 months,” Williams said.

For more information about the program, contact Williams at 316-284-5309. For information  or to apply, see

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2011-12. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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