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 health care settings
  • A state-of-the-art nursing laboratory with 6 human patient simulators in the $24.5 million DeWitt Family Science Center
  • Multiple opportunities to learn by serving through health care-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

Early acceptance

Depending on your high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores, you may qualify for early acceptance. That means you can claim one of 30 seats available in the program now! Start by applying to Northwestern. Then once you've been accepted to NWC, if you're a candidate for early acceptance into our BSN program, we'll contact you with steps to guarantee your seat as a pre-nursing student.


Accreditation and pass rates

The BSN degree at Northwestern is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Our 2021 and 2020 nursing graduates had a 100% first-time board exam pass rate. In addition, Northwestern's nursing program is ranked in the nation's top 20% by Nursing Schools Almanac, which evaluated academic prestige and perceived value, the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, and student success.

Jackson Henry

Healing in ministry

Jackson looks forward to using his future career in nursing as a ministry.

Jackson's story

Alex Overweg

Award-winning nurse

The 2020 Patricia Van Wyhe Nurse of the Year award recipient at Sanford Health Sioux Falls, Alex is known for an uplifting attitude and a calm, caring demeanor.

Alex'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 Heiling

A calming presence

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

Devin's story

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