Nursing students in MRI lab

Get prepared for one of the fastest growing career fields in the country, with a Bethel nursing degree.

When you enter the nursing program at Bethel University, you’ll be surrounded by the latest technology in our new simulation lab, by teachers who have worked in nursing for decades in communities including Mishawaka and Elkhart, and by a commitment to excellence that keeps Indiana hospitals recruiting our graduates time and again.

Bethel University offers many opportunities to meet your personal career goals in nursing, offering ADN, BSN, BSN-Completion, and MSN degrees.  For those pursuing the traditional BSN degree, direct admission is available for those exemplary students who exceed the School of Nursing admission standards.

In the classroom, you’ll learn alongside classmates – many from the region (Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois) – to become adept at critical thinking, effective communication and evaluating research findings. In the high-fidelity, computer-based simulation labs, you’ll practice on adult and child mannequins. This training mimics the complex patient environments found in real-world settings.

Some unique aspects of the program that students are excited about include the following:
  • Start clinicals during sophomore year.
  • Be an athlete and a nursing major – be a well-rounded student.
  • Participate in medical mission trips to Kenya, Guatemala, Dominican Republic.
  • Excel in small classes with caring faculty.
  • Learn in updated high-fidelity nursing simulation labs.
  • Work in a cadaver lab for Anatomy and Physiology classes.

Our alumni report 100 percent satisfaction with their Bethel experience and job placement experiences in hospitals located in Elkhart and South Bend. Their employers also report complete satisfaction. The NCLEX pass rates for students is consistently above the national average.

Through it all, Christian principles are incorporated in lessons so that students graduate prepared to deliver compassionate holistic nursing care.



Our Nursing Programs


Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. The Bachelor of Science Program and the Associate Degree Program are accredited by the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Indiana State Board of Nursing. All programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Information can be obtained from the ACEN at 3390 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, or by calling  404.975.5000 or emailing Complaints can also be made to the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Program Details


Admission, Scholarships, Financial Aid

Direct Admission Opportunity

For exceptional high school seniors who exceed the School of Nursing admission criteria, a Direct Admission option is available. 

Learn more!


Scholarship Criteria by Program/Year


Community Stories


In The News!


Bethel’s School of Nursing was recognized by Colleges of Distinction as providing programs that invest in student engagement, innovation and critical thinking.

Read full press release on this ranking. 


Bethel’s School of Nursing was recognized by as one of the best in the state of Indiana.

Read about this ranking. 


Faculty and Staff

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Deborah Gillum

Deborah Gillum

Titles: Dean of Nursing, Professor of Nursing
Degrees: Ph.D.
Samuel Abraham

Samuel Abraham

Titles: Associate Professor of Nursing
Degrees: DHA
Joy Barnes

Joy Barnes

Titles: Assistant Professor of Nursing
Degrees: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
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