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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Start or advance your nursing career with NNU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. It blends a liberal arts foundation with a holistic approach that prioritizes patients in their family and community context. Whether you’re a high school grad or transfer student, prepare for RN licensure and build a strong foundation for advanced nursing study. Join us at NNU, where your nursing journey begins!
Nursing Student at NNU
  • 6-SEMESTER nursing program
  • CLINICAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE IN A VARIETY of healthcare facilities throughout the Boise Valley
  • 45-90+ HOURS each semester of onsite clinical experience and state-of-the-art simulation lab clinical hours providing a rich hands-on education experience

With a Nursing Degree from NNU, Seeing Good Comes from Doing Good

If you want to make a difference in the lives of others through nursing, NNU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program brings a broad-based foundation in nursing with a holistic approach focused on the patient, their family and their community. But what sets NNU’s program apart is its mission of transforming the whole person. We focus on prospective students’ capabilities, experiences and attributes, ensuring they are well-rounded individuals committed to positively impacting the world. So, with a nursing degree from NNU, you can take pride in knowing you are doing good by seeing good.

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Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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The Advantages of Our Nursing Degree Program

  • 6-semester nursing program allows for completion of the degree in a traditional four-year time frame
  • Hands-on experience and clinicals at a variety of healthcare facilities throughout the Boise Valley
  • Active chapter of the Student Nursing Association (SNA)
  • Yearly international medical mission trip opportunities to places like Nicaragua, Ukraine, Peru and Ghana
  • State-of-the-art labs and equipment in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center
  • Baccalaureate and master’s programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Christian-based environment and curriculum that prioritizes holistic patient care, empathy and compassion
  • Small class sizes for personalized attention from experienced faculty who are dedicated to your success

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Goals for Nursing Students

  • Develop the skills needed to practice as a nurse leader in healthcare organizations
  • Advocate for individuals, families and communities through evidence-based care
  • Use critical thinking and clinical judgment to implement evidence-based care
  • Engage and influence health policy in a variety of settings
  • Serve God and humanity with wisdom, integrity, caring and respect for cultural diversity
  • Gain hands-on experience through various clinical practicums and internships
  • Become part of a vibrant learning community of engaged faculty, staff and peers who are dedicated to helping you reach your goals
  • Cultivate a desire for lifelong learning in yourself and others

Additional Information About NNU’s Nursing Program

Admissions Criteria

NNU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers a comprehensive nursing education that prioritizes a holistic approach to patient care within the family and community context. This program provides a strong foundation in nursing, emphasizing the well-being and needs of patients while considering their broader support network.

This traditional undergraduate degree is designed for a high school diploma graduate or associate degree transfer student who seeks a quality BSN degree program that meets the requirements for RN licensure and provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in nursing when it is time to build on your nursing career.

NNU’s Nursing Program is designed as a rolling admission program, meaning there are no specific application deadlines. The mission of NNU is the transformation of the whole person. The College of Nursing admission process focuses on the entire person and ranks students based on academic credentials and the applicant’s capabilities, experiences and attributes.

The admission criteria guide is designed to assist applicants in assessing current standing and potential growth areas. The first step for all nursing applicants is admission to the University.


The baccalaureate and master’s nursing degrees are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Notice to Out-of-State Students

Since this program leads to professional licensure, prospective students should review important information about NNU’s participation in the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) and Professional Licensure about this program. Individual states often have different expectations for professional licensure, so it is in a prospective student’s best interest to investigate whether NNU’s degree program will help them achieve licensure in their home state.

NNU's nursing science program takes off where community colleges and other BSN degree programs fall short, with an abundance of clinical hours in nursing profession training.

Possible Nursing Career Advancement

As a nursing major, you can explore various specializations such as pediatrics, ICU, oncology and many more. You’ll find fulfilling work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, schools and other healthcare settings. Nursing is always in demand, and the job outlook is expected to grow in the coming years.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

Medical and Health Services Managers

Registered Nurses

Legal Nurse Consultant

Meet Our Faculty

I became a nurse to help those in need (specifically cross-culturally). When this all (COVID 19) started happening I felt led to look into options for coming to help. Missions is wherever you are. It looks different for everyone. I can say this for sure. Although I felt crazy stepping forward I am where I’m supposed to be and it was no mistake.

Robyn Bailey

BS Nursing

Frequently Asked Questions About NNU’s Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing

Here are some commonly asked questions prospective nursing students often have about our bachelor’s degree in nursing. If you need more information or clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What makes NNU's bachelor's degree in nursing different from other programs?

NNU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program stands out from other programs due to its unique approach and comprehensive offerings. This holistic program focuses on the patient and their family and community, ensuring a well-rounded nursing education.

One distinguishing feature of NNU’s nursing program is its strong emphasis on the liberal arts foundation in nursing. This prepares students for future nursing roles by providing a broad knowledge base and a deep understanding of healthcare’s social, cultural and ethical aspects.

The program is designed for both high school graduates and transfer students who desire a quality bachelor’s degree program that meets the requirements for RN licensure and provides a solid foundation for further graduate studies in nursing. It follows a traditional four-year timeframe, with one year of prerequisite work and three years in the nursing program.

Clinical practice experiences are an integral part of the NNU nursing program. Students can gain hands-on experience in various healthcare facilities throughout the Boise Valley, immersing themselves in real-world healthcare settings.

NNU’s commitment to excellence in nursing education is evident through its state-of-the-art labs and equipment in the Thomas Family Health and Science Center. These resources enable students to develop essential skills and stay abreast of the latest advancements in the field.

The program encourages students to use critical thinking, clinical judgment and evidence-based care to advocate for individuals, families and communities. They also can participate in international medical mission trips, gaining valuable cross-cultural experiences while making a difference in underserved communities abroad.
It is worth mentioning that NNU’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, ensuring that it maintains high-quality educational standards and adheres to professional guidelines.

NNU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program offers a comprehensive, patient-centered and globally conscious education that prepares students for successful careers in nursing while nurturing their passion for compassionate care and service to the community.

What kind of career options are available after graduating from this program?

 Upon graduating from the nursing degree program at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), you will have a range of exciting career options to explore. The program’s comprehensive curriculum and hands-on experiences prepare graduates for success in various healthcare settings.

With our 5-semester BSN program after completing 3 semesters of general education courses, you have the opportunity to complete your degree in a traditional four-year timeframe. Throughout your academic journey, you will have the opportunity to engage in clinicals at various healthcare facilities throughout the Boise Valley. These real-world experiences will give you valuable exposure and practical skills to excel in your future career.

NNU also offers yearly international medical mission trip opportunities to Nicaragua, Ukraine, Peru and Ghana. Participating in these missions allows you to combine your nursing skills with a global perspective, positively impacting underserved communities while broadening your cultural competence.

The Thomas Family Health and Science Center at NNU has state-of-the-art labs and equipment, providing access to the latest technologies in nursing practice. These cutting-edge resources ensure that you are well-prepared and up-to-date with advancements in the field.

You can pursue various career paths after graduating from NNU’s nursing program. Some options include becoming a researcher, working in a museum, or becoming an educator. Additionally, you may choose to further your education and pursue a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with specializations in leadership, education or family nurse practitioners. Different types of nursing roles include nurse practitioner, certified nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, advanced practice registered nurse, registered nurse practitioner, nurse educators and clinical nurse specialist.

By completing your nursing degree at NNU, you will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for a successful career in the healthcare industry. The program’s emphasis on clinical practice, global outreach, state-of-the-art facilities and diverse career opportunities sets you on a path toward making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities.

How does NNU's liberal arts curriculum support and enhance the nursing major's academic journey?

At Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program takes a distinctive approach by integrating a liberal arts curriculum, which enriches and supports the academic journey of nursing majors.

The liberal arts foundation in nursing at NNU ensures that students receive a well-rounded education beyond their clinical skills. By combining scientific knowledge with concepts from the liberal arts, students gain a broader understanding of healthcare and its impact on individuals, families and communities.

This holistic approach to nursing education empowers students to become nurse leaders who advocate for those they serve. Through evidence-based care, NNU nursing majors learn how to advocate for individuals, families and communities, ensuring the delivery of compassionate and effective nursing interventions.

Critical thinking and clinical judgment are essential skills in nursing practice, and the liberal arts curriculum at NNU enhances these abilities among students. By applying theories and concepts from the liberal arts, nursing majors develop the skills needed to implement evidence-based care and make informed decisions in complex healthcare situations.

Moreover, NNU’s nursing curriculum encourages students to engage in health policy and influence healthcare practices across various settings. By embracing an interdisciplinary approach, students are equipped to address healthcare’s societal, ethical and cultural dimensions, serving as agents of positive change.

Throughout their academic journey, NNU nursing students are nurtured to serve God and humanity with wisdom, integrity, caring and respect for cultural diversity. This values-based education enhances their ability to provide culturally compassionate care to diverse populations, fostering a deep sense of purpose and service in their nursing practice.

NNU’s liberal arts curriculum in the nursing major goes beyond technical skills, providing nursing students with a comprehensive education that prepares them to be influential leaders, advocates and compassionate caregivers in the ever-evolving healthcare field.

What are the admissions criteria for the nursing degree program at NNU?

At Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), the admissions criteria for the nursing degree program are designed to reflect the University’s mission of transforming the whole person. The College of Nursing admission process considers not only academic credentials but also an applicant’s capabilities, experiences and attributes, recognizing the importance of the individual as a whole.

The first step to embark on your nursing journey at NNU is admission to the University. Once accepted, you can then pursue admission into the nursing program. The admission criteria guide provided by NNU is a valuable resource that helps applicants assess their current standing and identify areas for growth.

Applicants to the nursing program must be over 18 years old before the start of the program. Additionally, all prerequisite courses must be completed with a “C” or better grade. It is important to note that declaring nursing as your intended major is necessary for admission.

While no specific GPA requirements are mentioned in the available sources, it is essential to strive for academic excellence to increase your chances of acceptance into the program. The College of Nursing seeks to admit students who demonstrate the potential for success and a commitment to their nursing education.

The admission process at NNU values the whole person, considering attributes, experiences and capabilities alongside applicants’ academic credentials. Through this holistic approach, NNU aims to identify individuals who align with the University’s mission of transformation and who have the qualities necessary to thrive in the field of nursing.

By embracing the transformative power of a Christian liberal arts education, NNU’s nursing program provides a unique and comprehensive foundation for aspiring nurses, preparing them to make a positive impact in the healthcare industry.