Applying to the program
Every year, 34 pre-nursing students who meet the academic qualifications (and submit a nursing program deposit) are admitted to the BSN program. After completing prerequisite courses as freshmen, candidates apply to the program during the spring of their freshman year. All qualified applicants are guaranteed placement in Northwestern’s nursing program, which can be completed in 4 years, even by students who participate in co-curriculars like athletics, music or theatre.
Northwestern’s nursing curriculum includes a recommended freshman-year seminar that helps prospective nursing students explore their health care calling. A senior capstone seminar enables soon-to-be nurses to explore how they will infuse their lives and nursing career with shalom—promoting health and wholeness.
In addition, NWC’s nursing program:
- Prepares nurses to integrate their faith with their profession
- Incorporates the liberal arts and service-learning so nursing is taught not just as a human science, but also as a performing art and healing ministry
- Emphasizes informatics, evidence-based nursing practice, social justice and cross-cultural mission-based care
More than 800 hours of clinical experience includes:
- Diverse clinical experiences in a variety of rural hospitals, medical centers and community-based health settings
- 5 semesters of pediatric content and experiences and a pediatric seminar during the senior year
- A required cross-cultural, medical mission experience in locations such as Tanzania, other developing countries or in select U.S. communities