The study of the medicine is important; and it is not limited to secular schools. Nursing is a vital field (and much in demand) for the Christian student. Like Biology and Psychology, medical study is an exercise in discernment of God’s creation – the human body. The inner-workings and inter-relatedness of the components is astounding. Nursing is an important career as it can often be the bridge between Doctors and Patients. It is truly a high calling, and selecting the school that best fits your desired path is important. Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Christian College Nursing Degree Programs for 2017. When considering a major, it is critical to include as many options as practical. By creating this shortlist of Nursing Degree programs that warrant a closer look, we desire to assist in the decision-making process by completing some of the research for you. CUO has researched, compiled and reviewed the data in order to present this list of the best of the best when it comes to the study of Nursing and its related fields. Our hope is to help students make their best choice when selecting a school to earn their degree in Nursing.
We began our methodology by collecting all colleges and universities with nursing programs that were either members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or be member eligible. Next, we collected publicly available data for each of these schools in the following categories: 1) Number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the field of nursing, 2) Faculty-to-student ratio, 3) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 4) Selectivity, 5) Overall retention rate and 6) Overall graduation rate. Weights were assigned to each of these categories with the category of the number of degree programs having a slightly higher weight than the other categories.
King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. King University was established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land for the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its first campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol and the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school, then King College, achieved university status and its name was changed to King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.” King University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000– including more than 2,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. A variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through King University’s several Schools. The University’s School of Nursing offers five distinct nursing degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an online RN to BSN; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); an Online MSN; and the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Built upon a holistic philosophy which promotes both critical thinking and caring relationships, nursing students of King University are taught to “promote diversity; social tolerance and justice;” to “support mission work and an interdisciplinary process”; and to “focus on the physical, spiritual, and intellectual dimensions of health.” Students gain invaluable hands-on clinical experience by participating in local hospitals and community settings; participate in clinical research; and have the opportunity to participate in mission trips in both the U.S. and around the world.
- RN to BSN
- Online MSN
Point Loma Nazarene University
Point Loma Nazarene University (abbreviated PLNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California. Established in the early 1900s, PLNU traces its roots back to the faithful prayers of six women who called themselves the Bible College Prayer Circle and the work of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee who responded to the need of establishing a Christian college in the Los Angeles area. Founded as Pacific Bible College in 1902, PLNU experienced several name changes, including Pasadena College, before settling on its current name of Point Loma Nazarene University. Today, PLNU serves as the official university of the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene and operates with the mission to “provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life.”
Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949. More than 60 undergraduate areas of study are offered in addition to several graduate programs which are available through regional centers located across Southern California. In the area of nursing, PLNU offers three distinct degree programs – the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an RN to BSN degree completion program; and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentrations available in Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Adult/Gerontology, Family/Individual Health, and Pediatrics. In addition to these programs, PLNU also offers a Post-MSN CNS certification program. PLNU’s nursing programs are designed to provide students with “the best knowledge and practice while also focusing on the spiritual and emotional side of caring for patients.”
- RN to BSN
Whitworth University, located in Spokane, Washington, is a private, coeducational, residential Christian liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, located in the small town of Sumner in the Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, adopting its name in honor of its founder. In 1899 the school relocated to Tacoma and in 1914 moved again, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University; this change was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.
Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and colleges. In the area of nursing, Whitworth University offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing through a partnership with the Washington State University College of Nursing. Established in 1968, this unique consortium program is built upon the core values of “caring, altruism, social justice, and maximizing the student potential” and provides students with a nursing degree which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Washington State Board of Nursing.
Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Eastern University was founded in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Established for the purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination, it was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 the school was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 achieved university status; in 2005 the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.” The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students.
Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and seminary including the Nursing department which offers three distinct degree programs. These include the traditional pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program; the second degree BSN program; and an RN to BSN program. Certification for School Nurse (K-12) is also available. Eastern University’s Department of Nursing’s mission is to prepare “undergraduate nursing students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership, and service as generalist nurses and members of a global nursing community. Students… learn to incorporate Christian values and ethics into all areas of nursing, in order to meet the needs of future patients.” The Nursing Department provides further assistance for students in helping them to find externships and work experience in order to better prepare them for a career following graduation.
- Traditional pre-licensure BSN
- 2nd degree BSN program
- RN to BSN
Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. The alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper, Wheaton College is a well known name when it comes to solid academic results and a strong Christian heritage. Out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of just under 3,000 (including more than 2,00 undergraduates), nearly 10% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”
Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 1900s. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. In the area of nursing, Wheaton College offers a 3-2 Liberal Arts/ Nursing Program which allows students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science from Wheaton as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited nursing school. Through this program (which was started in 1982), students spend their first three years at Wheaton College where they are given a solid Christian liberal arts foundation, including pre-nursing courses, and complete their final two years at a partnered nursing school.
- 3-2 Liberal Arts/Nursing Program (BS and BSN/MSN)
Waynesburg University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A, Waynesburg University was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students “to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is currently one of 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards more than a dozen community service scholarships to deserving students each year. Waynesburg University currently has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 students, including nearly 1,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.
The University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has been so since 1950. Over 70 undergraduate academic concentrations are available at the undergraduate level as well as a variety of graduate-level degree programs. In the area of nursing, Waynesburg University offers five distinct degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an RN to BSN program; an LPN to BSN; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Nursing students at Waynesburg University benefit from attending small classes, learn valuable skills in the University’s state-of-the-art simulation lab, experience clinical practice as early as their sophomore year, and much more. All classes are taught by experienced faculty members and students are given the opportunity to join the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) as well as in Nu Sigma, the Waynesburg chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honorary.
- RN to BSN
- LPN to BSN
Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences located about eight miles outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909, the school was originally known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. In 1921 the school grew into a junior college and by 1951 had developed a four-year college program, changing its name to Messiah College. Today, though influenced by its historic affiliation, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. In 1963 Messiah College was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Today, the College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500 students, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.
Messiah College offers more than 80 undergraduate degree programs along with approximately a dozen graduate programs across its four schools, the School of the Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences; the School of the Humanities; and the School of Science, Engineering and Health. This latter School houses the University’s Department of Nursing which offers four distinct degree programs – the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); an RN to MSN; and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The Department of Nursing describes its overall goal as being to “prepare beginning professional nurses within the context of a liberal education and Christian Worldview.” The University’s nursing curriculum is founded on the arts and applied sciences in order to facilitate in students the ability to “practice nursing with compassionate Christian caring, academic and clinical experience, and service to others with cultural humility.”
- RN to MSN
MidAmerica Nazarene University
MidAmerica Nazarene University (abbreviated MNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Olathe, Kansas. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MNU was established in 1966 as the MidAmerica Nazarene College. MNU holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Higher Learning Commission). MNU’s mission is to be a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” The University’s vision is to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.” MNU operates multiple campuses including its main campus in Olathe, as well as the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, KS, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri. MNU’s main campus is located just 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City and features more than 100 acres with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs which are planted annually.
MidAmerica Nazarene University offers over 40 undergraduate academic programs are in addition to more than a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. In the area of nursing, the University offers five distinct degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an Accelerated BSN (designed for non-traditional students); an Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN; the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); and an RN to MSN. The University’s Department of Nursing’s mission is to “focus on inspiring servant leaders for the ministry of professional nursing through expert faculty and state of the art labs.” Offering a comprehensive nursing education, MidAmerica Nazarene University provides a range of programs to meet the needs of students from all backgrounds and different levels of professional experience. Several non-degree programs are also available in the area of nursing, including Certificate programs in Healthcare Administration, Healthcare Quality management, Nursing Education, and Public Health.
- Accelerated BSN
- RN to BSN
- RN to MSN
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Firmly established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Established in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, CA, APU was the first Bible College to be founded in the state of California and was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination have been severed as APU is non-denominational and holds to a more evangelistic theology. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.
Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. APU’s Nursing School offers six different degree programs, including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN); an LVN to BSN and LVN to RN; an RN to BSN, offered in both traditional and online formats; a Bridge to BSN; a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with concentrations in Healthcare Administration and Leadership, Nursing Education, CNS Specialties, and NP Specialties; a Ph.D. in Nursing; and a Doctor of Nursing Practice. APU’s Nursing School endeavors to inform students from a Christian worldview, preparing “professional nurses for leadership and collaborative practice in health care.” Offering innovative programs taught by expert faculty members in small classroom settings, APU nursing students are able to gain valuable hands-on experience in the University’s state-of-the-art simulation labs and have the opportunity to participate in both study abroad and global research opportunities.
- LVN to BSN
- RN to BSN (online & on campus)
- Bridge to BSN
- PhD in Nursing
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
Union University is a private, Christian liberal arts-based institution. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, the University is situated on a 290 acre urban campus just 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. In addition to its main campus, Union University also operates extension campuses in both Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. The University’s mission is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” Union University’s has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 2,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The University’s student body is made up of representatives from nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union University holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution.
Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 programs of study are offered across a broad range of academic fields. Union University’s School of Nursing offers seven distinct degree programs, including the Traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN); a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to BSN; a Registered Nurse (RN) to BSN; an accelerated BSN (designed for non-traditional students); a First Step to BSN; a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN); and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Union University takes pride in being having one of the most comprehensive Christian higher education schools of nursing and offers more than a dozen different avenues by which nurses may gain their licensure or enhance their professional skills and knowledge. Boasting state-of-the-art learning facilities, Union University offers one of the largest simulation environments available in the southern portion of the U.S., allowing students to gain valuable clinical and laboratory experiences.
- Traditional BSN
- LPN to BSN
- RN to BSN
- Accelerated BSN
- First Step to BSN