DeWitt Family Science Center nursing lab

Called to be a healer in a hurting world? Study nursing at Northwestern, and you’ll graduate with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be an excellent nurse. You’ll also be ready to continue Jesus’ healing ministry by advocating for social justice; healthy environments; and individual and community health, wholeness and peace. Northwestern’s nursing department offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program’s distinctive features include:

  • More than 700 hours of clinical experience in both rural and urban healthcare settings
  • A state-of-the-art nursing laboratory with 6 human patient simulators
  • Multiple opportunities to learn by serving through healthcare-related mission projects and trips
  • Mentorship by a nurse adviser who will be your resource during college and after graduation
  • A mission of promoting shalom: individual, family and community health, wholeness and peace from a biblical perspective

Accreditation and pass rates

The BSN degee at Northwestern is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Northwestern nursing graduates' first-time board exam pass rates, on average, are consistently higher than the national average.

Highly ranked

Northwestern's nursing program is ranked in the nation's top 15% by Nursing Schools Almanac, which evaluated each institution's academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success (particularly on the national licensure exam). Only 11 Iowa schools made the list, and Northwestern is in the state's top 5.

Grant Rohrer

Going for the assist

A job-shadowing experience in high school convinced Grant that nursing would be a great profession for him to help and interact with others.

Grant's story

Sarah Allen

Healing touch

As an oncology nurse, Sarah cares for patients' emotional and spiritual health as well as their physical needs.

Sarah's story

Devin Jorde

A calming presence

Devin works with some of the world’s best surgeons and teams at the Mayo Clinic.

Devin's story

Joshua Roorda

Patients as a virtue

Thanks to an internship during his junior year, Josh was offered a scholarship and a contract for full-time employment before he even started his senior year at Northwestern.

Joshua's story

Courtney Hughes

Called to care

A passion for science and kids led Courtney to a pediatric nursing career at a top children's hospital in the region: Sanford's Castle of Care in Sioux Falls.

Courtney's story