Northwestern nursing students administer medication to a patient simulator.

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:

  • A mission of promoting shalom: individual, family and community health, wholeness and peace from a biblical perspective
  • A state-of-the-art nursing laboratory with 6 human patient simulators
  • More than 700 hours of clinical experience in diverse settings and multiple opportunities to learn by serving through healthcare-related mission projects and trips

Accreditation and pass rates

The BSN degee at Northwestern is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation) and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Northwestern nursing graduates' first-time board exam pass rates are consistently higher than the national average.


Highly ranked

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.

Heart for humanity

During a mission trip to Haiti, Jessica witnessed the incredible needs and lack of medical services available. From then on, she decided to pursue a career in the medical field to benefit underprivileged people in the U.S. and abroad.

Jessica's story

Patients as a virtue

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

Joshua's story

Called to care

A passion for science and kids led Courtney Hughes 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

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