Bethel College School of Nursing to Offer Direct Admission Option

Lissa Diaz

The Bethel College School of Nursing announces that it is now offering a direct admission option for exceptional high school seniors who meet specific criteria. This option allows students to be granted admission into the School of Nursing with their college acceptance, instead of waiting until their freshman year to apply.

“For exemplary high school students who choose to pursue the profession of nursing, the Direct Admission option will give them the confidence that they will be guaranteed a seat in our nursing program,” reports Dr. Deborah Gillum, Dean of Nursing. “These future students will not have to worry about being on a waiting list, while also knowing that they will receive a high-quality, faith-based education from a school with a reputation for graduating excellent nurses.  We are excited to offer this admission option beginning fall 2019.”

Up to 50 percent of available seats in each entering cohort will be dedicated towards students who meet the Nursing Direct Admission criteria:

  • Available to students within one year of high school completion
  • High school GPA ≥ 3.5/4.0 scale
  •  ACT Composite ≥ 24 (while meeting individual scores of R 21/W 21/ M 19)
  • SAT Composite ≥ 1180 (while meeting individual scores of EBR 540/M 510)
  • Successfully completing:
  • Two years of Biology
  • One year Chemistry
  • Four years English
  • Three years Math

Students must continue to meet all admission standards during their freshman year of college, including a C or better in all courses, a cumulative GPA of greater than or equal to 2.7, and completing all program pre-requisites. Nursing courses begin the sophomore year after completion of general education and cognate classes, which provide foundational knowledge for the nursing course.

Bethel offers degrees for ADN, BSN, BSN-Completion and MSN, and is the only local school of nursing to provide all of these degrees in one place. Bethel’s state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab opened in 2017 and includes three human patient simulators and two simulated acute care hospital rooms, allowing students to practice high-level skills in a safe learning environment.

Bethel’s nursing student pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is consistently above the national average, and the nursing programs currently have 100 percent job placement for all students, 100 percent employer program satisfaction and 100 percent alumni satisfaction for all degrees offered. Accredited Schools Online ranked Bethel No. 7 in the nation on the list of “Top RN Degree Programs for 2017.”  All Bethel College nursing programs are nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

To learn more about the programs offered by the Bethel College School of Nursing, visit