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 are consistently higher than the national average. On average, 88% of Northwestern's nursing graduates pass their board exams on the first attempt, compared to 84.85% nationally.
Northwestern's nursing program is ranked in the nation's top 10% 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). NWC is 1 of only 7 Iowa schools that made the list and the only one on the western side of the state.