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 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. 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.

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Cruise ship

Career Spotlight:

Anita Thiessen ’09 and Elizabeth LeFeber ’10

Two nurses with the same mission, serve on the Africa Mercy ship, a floating surgical hospital. Read their stories in the Bethel Magazine.

Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

  • The program consists of 66 hours of course work, which includes 37 hours of nursing courses, and 29 hours of general studies courses.
  • May be completed in two years for full-time students.
  • LPNs should contact the School of Nursing to discuss program plan options for the ADN.

    Program sheet found in Academic Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

A four-year program, including general education and nursing courses with both didactic and clinical components. Clinicals begin the fall semester of the sophomore year.

Program sheet found in Academic Catalog

RN-BSN Completion

Registered nurses may choose a 20-month plan or an accelerated 12-month option in either an online or hybrid format. The hybrid format offers both in-person class nights one or two evenings a week and online class weeks. We also offer the RN to BSN fully online.

Program sheet found in Academic Catalog

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares the experienced nurse for roles in nursing education or nursing administration. The MSN is the foundation for doctoral education in nursing.

The MSN may be completed in two years and is offered in an online format with classes meeting one evening a week.

Learn about the Educator Track (download program sheet) or the Administrator Track (download program sheet).


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. 


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 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 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


Handbooks and Guides

Indiana State Board of Nursing
School of Nursing Handbooks
Nursing Math / Drug Proficiency
School of Nursing Forms
Nursing websites

School of Nursing Admission Criteria

Student must be admitted to Bethel University and must contact the School of Nursing before applying to the nursing program.

Admission Criteria

Traditional BSN and ADN programs

NURSING APPLICATION DEADLINE — JULY 15, prior to first fall semester of nursing courses

  1. Graduate from high school or GED
    • Demonstrate a ranking in upper two thirds of applicant's high school graduating class
    • Overall GPA of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent  in high school (or GED composite score of at least 50) or previous college work.
    • Satisfactory completion of college courses relevant to nursing may nullify unsatisfactory high school or GED requirements
  2. Satisfactory completion of pre-requisite college courses (or enrolled and completed prior to entering nursing courses)
  3. Testing (see grid for minimum required scores)
    • ACT or SAT scores within 5 years of application to nursing program
    • Placement testing as determined by the School of Nursing if ACT or SAT is older than 5 years (option to test ACT at Bethel if desired).


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RN to BSN Completion

  1. Graduate from a state board of nursing approved/accredited program. (Associate degree or diploma program)
  2. GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on prior college coursework
  3. Active, unencumbered RN license in the state where projects will be done

Application Process to the School of Nursing

  1. Admission to Bethel University
  2. Must meet all Admission Criteria as stated above for applicable program
  3. Submit the completed “Nursing Admission Application”
  4. BSN or ADN – Submit applicable essay
    • “Why I want to be an RN”
      Include how you feel you meet the following qualifications:
      • Physical and emotional health
      • Intellectual ability
      • Communication skills
      • Nonjudgmental attitude
      • Leadership
      • Moral character
      • Responsibility and dependability

Honor Society

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

Sigma membership provides valuable resources throughout your entire nursing career. Learn more.

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

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
Beth Bailey

Beth Bailey

Titles: Assistant Professor of Nursing
Degrees: MSN, BSN
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